Rockefeller College Research Incentive Fund

A small portion of the indirect costs associated with external grants is returned to Rockefeller College for use in supporting and encouraging funded research projects. This money is pooled and used for the Rockefeller College Research Incentive Fund (RCRIF). Funding decisions are based upon the following priority scale:

Priority 1: Funds that will be used to stimulate new funded research, including, for example, travel to visit funding agencies, proposal preparation expenses, or pilot studies. 

Priority 2: Support ongoing funded research activities for which funds are not currently available.

Priority 3: Invest in research infrastructure.

Priority 4: Meet matching and cost sharing requirements.

The funds available are substantially less than a FRAP grant, but there is no specific deadline and the response to requests will be rapid, and hopefully positive.  Higher priority will be given to junior faculty. However, only tenured or tenure track faculty are eligible to apply. Attendance at meetings of professional associations will not be supported unless there is a clear link to a specific fundable project. Requests should be for no more than approximately $2,000. 
A committee consisting of the department chairs, the Dean, and the Director of the Center for Policy Research oversees the allocation of these funds.  Faculty members interested in obtaining seed money funding should contact Bryan Early, Director, Center for Policy Research (Milne 300A,  

Requests should address the following:

1) If applying for funds to support development of a fundable project:

a. Identify the relevant granting agencies and programs. If possible, attach abstracts of the grants with due dates and budget parameters.

b. Explain how the funds will facilitate the specific application(s)/proposal(s).

2) If applying for funds to support ongoing funded research:

a. How will the funds be used to support the project?

b. Why are additional funds needed?

3) If applying for research infrastructure or cost-sharing, describe the particulars.

Decision Criteria

a) Criticality: Requests for funds that are essential for submission of a grant are preferred.

b) Leverage: Requests for a small amount of money that will result in a large grant are preferred.

c) Probability of Success: Requests that have a high probability of success are preferred.

d) Time Horizon: Requests that will result in a grant submission within approximately one year are preferred.

e) Long Term Investment: Requests that will contribute to a series of related grants are preferred.

In order to maintain an open, fair, and transparent process, information about awards, including amount, recipient, and purpose, will be posted on the Center for Policy Research web site. Fund recipients will be required to provide a brief report on how the money was used and its impact on research at Rockefeller College.

Summary of Recent Awards

Date of award  Recipient  Amount Purpose Report
Feb-16 Jennifer Dodge $465 Fracking in New York: Strategic Communication and the Creation of a Policy Controversy - Incremental Funding
This award provided a necessary increase in student funding level discovered after application for and receipt of a FRAP Award from the Vice President for Research's Office.
Oct-15 David Matkin $2,500 Matching support towards the purchase of a one year license for a Bloomberg terminal to be used by Public Administration faculty and students for data mining.
Apr-15 Johannes Karreth $1,800 Funding for travel to Cape Town, South Africa for research on how international governmental organizations can mitigate potential violent conflicts between countries. REPORT
Mar-15 David Matkin $1,000 Access to The National Center for Charitable Statistics, the clearinghouse for data on the nonprofit sector in the United States REPORT
This data will allow us to expand our work to where it will enhance a research proposal to be submitted to the Steven H. Sandell Grant Program.
Dec-14 Zsofia Barta $1,500 Research Proposal: American Public Finances Caught Up In A War of Attrition  REPORT
Fund was used to enlist the help of a research assistant with research needed to put together a detailed research proposal and a preliminary book proposal.
May-14 David Rousseau, Victor Asal $2,727 Pilot project utilizing Twitter data to measure ethnic conflict REPORT
After learning how to extract, store, code, visualize, and analyze the Twitter data, we plan to apply for large scale funding for both analysis of social media and telephone survey data to benchmark against. 
Apr-14 Matthew Ingram $2,000 Additional funding for preliminary work on building a geo-referenced data set on violence and predictors of violence at the subnational level for all Latin American countries.
This funding, added to an internal award received from the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis, will enable me to accomplish preliminary work to make future proposals more attractive to potential Federal funders.
Nov-13 David Matkin $1,950 Natural Language Processing and Harvesting of Public Pension Data (Preliminary Study) REPORT
This preliminary study will test the possibility of using Natural Language Processing (NLP) to harvest public pension data relative to legislative actions from fifteen years of reports published by the National Conference of State Legislators. The outcomes from this study will be used to obtain external funding to capture information on additional pension characteristics.