Young Scholars Interdisciplinary Forum

The Young Scholars Interdisciplinary Forum (YSIF) is open to current Fox School faculty and PhD students for seed funding grants to undertake novel interdisciplinary research projects. The traditional YSIF seed funding grants in the amount of $500 to $5,000, with an annual amount of $50,000, will be available for proposal submission groups seeking small or medium outside funding grants. These seed funding grants are available to encourage and support early stages of interdisciplinary collaborative research. Funding amounts are based on the particular needs of the research, as well as the proposal group’s plans for seeking additional funding sources, both from within Temple University and from outside sources. Future plans for conference presentations or submissions to specific journals will also be considered.

Proposal submissions from teams who will be seeking medium to large grants from external funding sources (from funders such as Knight Foundation, NSF, DOE) will be eligible for large YSIF seed-funding grants in the amounts of $5,000 to $10,000.

Consistent with the purpose of the school-wide interdisciplinary forum for Young Scholars, the seed funding aims to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborative research projects that span several disciplines within and outside the Fox School. Please note, not all proposal submissions are eligible to participate in the Young Scholars Forum.

All applications should be sent by email to the Fox School’s Office of Research ( At least one member of the research team must be able to present the proposal during the announced Young Scholars Interdisciplinary Forum.

Please note: A student or faculty member may submit more than one proposal for different research projects, but no student or faculty member is permitted to present twice during the forum.

Criteria for Submission

Each proposal submission should explain how the project builds on the applicants’ previous research work, seeks to extend their research into new directions, and intends to enhance professional development.

Each proposal group should submit a formal budget for the proposed research project, including a funding request from the Young Scholars forum, and a description of where funds will be allocated. In addition, applicants should note their plans for seeking additional funding sources, both from within Temple University and from outside sources, and include future plans for conference presentations or submissions to specific journals.

Each proposal submission must include the following:

  • A research project title
  • Names and affiliations of all authors
  • An abstract
  • Proposal of at least one page in length, which includes the above information
  • A budget for the requested seed funding, with specific plans for seeking additional funding
  • Specification to which faculty member the awarded funds should be transferred
  • A CV for each of the authors

Past Awards

Fall 2015
Spring 2015

Fall 2014
Spring 2014

Fall 2013
Spring 2013

Fall 2012
Spring 2012

Fall 2011
Spring 2011

FOX Research Seed Funding Program

The Fox School of Business Office of Research and Doctoral Programs is accepting proposals for the Spring 2017 seed-funding program. The program is designed to infuse applied research projects with the necessary funding to establish proof-of-concept for a scalable enterprise, complete a pilot study, or overcome a developmental hurdle or a technical challenge. The Office of Research expects the Seed Funding Program to establish complementary and interdisciplinary partnerships with faculty that will result in the development of future externally-funded research programs. These projects must make use of large data sets and involve the collaboration between data science and technology. Projects that are funded will receive support for individual projects in the range of $5,000 to $20,000, with the goal of yearly funding under this program to reach upwards of $50,000.

Sponsored Funding Opportunities (NSF, Other Federal Agencies, Foundations)

Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research, Doctoral Programs, and Strategic Initiatives curates a database of funding opportunities available to scholars across several areas of business research. The following list of resources can lead you to funding opportunities from the public and private sectors.

1) American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation: The Foundation provides resources for research projects that ensure continued growth and opportunities for the industry and employees, which in turn benefit our guests. Unsolicited applications are accepted three times a year—March 15, June 15, and September 15—from individuals or organizations wishing to conduct research in the lodging industry.
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2) Cisco Systems: Cisco Research Centers: The Cisco Research Center (CRC) connects university researchers with Cisco. The CRC supports gift awards to universities based on research proposals from faculty and helps graduate students to identify internships and full-time employment opportunities. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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3) Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation: The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation is pleased to be able to make statistical data available to approved researchers to help further research within the equipment finance industry. The Foundation is able to provide access to two different statistical databases, each capturing thousands of data points on equipment finance transactions and benchmarking activity such as profitability, business volume, and much more. Application deadlines are the 1st of each month.
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4) Family Firm Institute: The Family Firm Institute offers several award opportunities. To learn more about each opportunity, click the links below:
Best Unpublished Research Paper
Interdisciplinary Award
International Award
Best Doctoral Dissertation Award
Beckhard Award
Hollander Award

5) FINRA Investor Education Foundation General Grant Program: Through its grant program, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation funds research and educational projects that support its mission of providing underserved Americans with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary for financial success throughout life. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
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6) Global Innovation Fund: The Global Innovation Fund invests in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world. Through our grants and risk capital, we support breakthrough solutions to global development challenges from social enterprises, for-profit firms, non-profit organizations, international organizations, researchers, and government agencies. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
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Pivot’s Community of Science is a web-based comprehensive database of global funding sources.  Temple University subscribes to this service and with your Temple University ID you have access to this powerful search engine and the resources to help you find research sponsors. is the portal to the United States government listing of potential funding opportunities.  You can search by agency or keywords.

The National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) often funds research relevant to the fields of business and administration. For more information on these programs, please explore the funding opportunities listed below.

If you require more information about NSF funding, or any of its grant-funding programs, please contact Joseph Ryan, Senior Associate Director of Research and Administration.

Big Data

Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS)