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MSI’s 2018-2020 Research Priorities: Research Grant Competition

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Step 1 -- Pre-proposal: The first step for researchers is to submit an abstract (less than 500 words) and a pre-proposal (less than 1200 words) that describe the basic features of the research. This enables MSI to evaluate the key ideas and provide feedback before the researcher has invested all the time and effort needed for a full proposal with all the details of the approach.

The pre-proposal should include these sections:

  • What is the research goal/question and why is it important?

  • Why is the paper a contribution over existing research?

  • How do the research objectives fit with the MSI priorities?

  • A brief description of the research design and methodology.

  • The overall funding and support needs: Brief budget description including specific budget items and amounts (typically between $1,000 and $10,000 for this initiative).

Pre-proposals are due by January 11, 2019 and should be submitted here. MSI’s Research team will review and evaluate pre-proposals and notify authors of its interest in a full proposal within about 6 weeks.

Step 2 -- Full Proposal: Authors of successful pre-proposals will be encouraged to develop full proposals. Full proposals build on the pre-proposal, elaborating on the above topics and possibly including preliminary findings.

Full proposals will be evaluated by for funding by MSI. Outcomes at this stage include full or partial funding, funding contingent on questions from the research committee, or no funding. Decisions about funding full proposals will be communicated within about 6 weeks after receiving the full proposal. Funding decisions will be completed by June 30, 2019.

An important element of MSI’s agreement to fund research is receipt of the final report at the time of or before submission to a journal. The report is then considered for distribution in MSI’s Working Paper series, which enables MSI to provide early access to research to its corporate members (see link to working paper guidelines). Further, research projects are expected to be completed and working papers submitted to MSI no later than 30 months after the research proposal is approved for funding... Extensions of up to an additional 6 months may be granted depending on the circumstances. The standard payment schedule is 50% at the start of the project, and 50% upon submission of the final report.

Evaluation Process

Proposals will be evaluated based on fit with the MSI 2018-2020 Research Priorities (link), quality of execution, and potential impact. In the event of requests for data support, we will favor proposals that generate data that can be shared with others.

At this point a decision will be made as to whether to fund the research and if so the amount of the grant.

MSI’s 2018-2020 Research Priorities Working Paper Competition

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Whereas research grants seek to seed new research, the main objective of the working paper competition is to generate content pertaining to the priorities and translate that research for immediate consumption by our member organizations.

The competition differs from our ongoing working paper submission process in two respects. First, there is a deadline (August 15, 2018) to quickly generate insights. Second, the initiative incorporates a best paper competition around MSI’s new research priorities with award prize money for the winning submissions.

Evaluation Process and Awards

Submissions will be evaluated for distribution in MSI’s Working Paper series and for award prizes by the MSI’s Research Committee based on fit with the MSI’s 2018-2020 Research Priorities, quality of execution, and potential impact.

  • The first prize will be for $2,500.

  • The second prize will be for $1,000.

  • Up to 3 finalist papers will receive $500.

In addition, the winning papers and finalists will be posted in MSI’s Working Paper series and will be promoted on our website and social media channels. The working paper submissions should follow MSI’s guidelines (link to guidelines).

Alden G. Clayton Competition

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The Marketing Science Institute is pleased to announce our annual Alden G. Clayton dissertation proposal competition. The competition is open to qualified doctoral students worldwide who are working on research questions with important marketing, societal, and policy implications. Submissions must be received no later than August 20, 2018 through the MSI online submittable portal (see link below). MSI will grant up to five awards, and each winner will receive an unrestricted cash prize of $5,000. Honorable mention awards may also be granted. Awards for 2018 will be announced in early 2019.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Students should be candidates for the doctorate in marketing and related fields (e.g., psychology, economics, management, strategy, etc.).

  • The dissertation work must be less than 50% completed at the time of submission. The thesis advisor/chair must submit a letter approving the submission and certifying that the dissertation was no more than 50% completed at the time of submission (found in requirements below).

  • Participation in other grant or award programs does not preclude consideration for this award.

Instructions for submission:

  • For blind reviewing purposes, please remove any identifying information (name, school, etc.) from the proposal document and remove any metadata.

  • Please enter a valid email address for your thesis advisor/chair so they are able to upload their letter properly.

  • Proposals should include a brief statement of the problem area to be researched, relevant theory and hypotheses, the methodology and analyses to be employed, and a brief indicative bibliography. Comment also on the managerial relevance of the expected results.

  • All files should use the following naming conventions:
    • Title page: LastName_AGCSubmissionTitle.pdf
    • Main manuscript: AGCSubmissionTitle.pdf
    • where (i) ‘AGCSubmissionTitle’ refers to the title of the dissertation you are submitting, with spaces (and any unusual symbols and/or periods) replaced with underscores and (ii) Lastname is your last (family) name.
  • Maximum submission length is 20 double-spaced pages, inclusive of all tables/exhibits and references. The first page should be a brief, self-contained summary of the proposal.

Experienced marketing academics will judge submissions on their potential contribution to business and academia, quality of the conceptual development, feasibility, and appropriateness of methodology, and creativity.