How to Apply for a SHRM Foundation Research Grant
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How to Apply for a SHRM Foundation Research Grant


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The Evolution of Work and the Worker, & Engaging and Integrating a Global Workforce    

The SHRM Foundation seeks to fund high-impact research on all aspects of human resource management with a focus on addressing current challenges or understanding emerging trends. Any topic may be funded however the research must be aimed at an academic audience while also having direct, actionable implications for HR practice. It is crucial that there is continuity between the research questions proposed and the methods used.  The research should also be able to reasonably generalize across people and settings.  Investigators should include a statement in the proposal regarding the individuals, groups, industry sectors or countries for which their findings are expected to generalize, given the sample and study design.

If your research meets these criteria, we encourage you to submit a grant proposal. The Foundation has a limited amount of funding available in each review cycle, so the funding process is competitive. To increase the likelihood that your project will be funded, please review the information below and prepare your proposal in accordance with the guidelines provided.

Tips for success: the grant proposal is your opportunity to convince reviewers that your research is important and relevant, and the study is likely to succeed. Explain the expected ease of applicability and generalizability (or limits to generalizability) of the results. Where possible, provide specific examples of how an HR practitioner may be able to use the findings.  You are also encouraged to test your theories against prevailing HR practice (rather than no practice) as this is more likely to be useful for HR practitioners. 

Please review the types of information you will need to fill out the updated online grant application form here:  Information Needed to Apply Online.   Note: You may complete the application form in one sitting, or, setup a Save and Return Account so that you can partially complete the application form and return later to finish.  Instructions for setting up a Save and Return Account are provided at the top of the Grant Proposal Submission form.

Please note: overhead up to 15% of direct costs may be requested when required by the PI's institution. However the maximum overall grant budget must not exceed $200,000 USD.

Upcoming Submission Deadlines

September 15, 2016.... Funding decisions announced December 9   Please note: this will be our final open call for research grant proposals. Read more.


The SHRM Foundation does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, disability, age, veteran status, ancestry, national origin or citizenship in the administration of its grant and scholarship programs.

Employees or national board members of SHRM, the SHRM Foundation, HRPS or the Council for Global Immigration  and members of their immediate family are not eligible to apply for SHRM Foundation grants, awards or scholarships.