ACR Funds for Conferences and Workshops in 2010

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ACR is pleased to announce availability of funds to ACR members for conducting special conferences and workshops.  ACR will allocate $25,000 for special conferences and workshops (not including the North American conference) during 2010.

The two key purposes of this funding are (1) to stimulate and support scholarly work in consumer behavior, and (2) to provide seed money to cover workshop costs. We encourage you to use ACR sponsorship to attract funds from other granting agencies.  In turn, grantees must acknowledge funding support from ACR in any subsequent publications or press communications associated with the conference/workshop.

Covered Expenses

ACR grants are designed to support conferences/workshops where the focus is consumer behavior and attendance is open to all. The grants are intended to cover key elements of organizing and conducting such conferences and will not be given directly to participants of the workshop.  Organizers can use these funds to cover expenses including travel for doctoral students attending the special conference, logistics (e.g., food), software (to manage the application/review process), and expenses related to the deliverable (e.g., handbook).  Preference will be given to proposals that use the funds to support doctoral students attending the workshops.  The funding provided is not for support of time exemptions, individual projects, or dissertations. Proposals seeking funding to support travel for faculty who are coming to the special conference, conference food, or conference refreshments will be given the lowest priority.  Please note that ACR policies explicitly prohibit the purchase of alcohol with grant funds.  ACR funding for special conferences and workshops is typically in the $1,000 - $3,000 range. Smaller or larger amounts (with an absolute maximum of $5,000) may be requested.  

Submitting Proposals  

Proposals for funding of these conferences and workshops via ACR are called for in two cycles. Half the funds ($12,500) will be available in each cycle. The deadline for submission of grant proposals for the first cycle is January 15, 2010. We will announce the awards on February 15, 2010. The deadline for submission of grant proposals in the second cycle is June 1, 2010.  We will announce the awards on July 1, 2010.

The ACR board will review proposals and notify the organizers at the end of the funding cycle (February 15, 2010 or July 1, 2010).  If there are any questions about funding, the organizers should contact the main ACR representative listed below.

The format for a funding proposal is as follows:

1.      Cover letter including conference/workshop title and contact information for the organizers (and a statement confirming that the organizers are current ACR members), and a summary of the request, workshop logistics (date, place, schedule, number of participants).

2.      Maximum three double-spaced pages that deal with conference/workshop objectives and target audience, a short overview of prior research on the topic, previous workshops on similar topics, and expected outcomes and evaluation plan. If you receive ACR funds, you will be expected to file a short (2 - 4 pages) post-conference report of the project.

3.      A detailed budget with an explanation of exactly how the grant funds will be used.

4.      Qualification of workshop team (short bios of organizers and related research)

Grant requests should be sent as a single email attachment to ACR Executive Director, Dr. Rajiv Vaidyanathan at:

Proposal Selection

Each proposal will be reviewed by members of the ACR board.  Final decisions are made by ACR board members (its members are listed on the ACR website).  The criteria for selection include

(1) the potential contribution for generating new consumer research;

(2) ability to serve a diverse and good-sized audience,

(3) the ability of the conference/workshop to improve the visibility of consumer research among important stakeholders,

(4) the qualifications of the organizers, and outcomes from prior grants, if any,

(5) ability to support doctoral students and younger scholars involved in consumer research,

(6) clearly defined goals and outcomes for the conference/workshop (e.g., journal special issue),

(7) ability of the ACR funds to generate additional funds from other sources.

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