SHRM Foundation Research
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SHRM Foundation Research


Beginning in 2017, the SHRM Foundation will no longer be conducting open calls for research grant proposals. 

The SHRM Foundation is transitioning to a new organizational strategy focused on helping HR practitioners build inclusive organizations where both employees and businesses thrive. As part of this new direction, we will be changing our research model and discontinuing our open calls for grant proposals.

Read about our new strategy. 

All SHRM Foundation research projects currently in process—as well as those selected in the fall 2016 grant round—will continue to receive funding through completion, per research contracts in place. In addition, the Foundation will continue to award our annual dissertation grants in partnership with the Academy of Management HR Division. 

After a thorough analysis by our Board and staff, we have concluded that we can better fulfill our new mission by adopting a more targeted approach to conducting research. In the future, SHRM Foundation research will address a specific area of need for HR practitioners. Our first area of focus will be engaging and integrating military veterans into the workplace. We plan to build partnerships with organizations, academics and non-profits to identify needed research, solicit appropriate funding and then collaborate with research organizations and/or issue targeted RFPs to qualified researchers. 

Though we will no longer be conducting open calls for grant proposals, the SHRM Foundation remains committed to supporting rigorous research, and to developing and disseminating research-based knowledge to the HR community. 

Here is a list of topics the SHRM Foundation will be focusing on in the coming years:

   2017-2018   Integrating veterans into the workforce
   2018-2019   Workplace gender equity issues
   2019-2020   Integrating individuals with disabilities into the workforce
   2020-2021   Ending employment discrimination
   2021-2022   Helping employ victims of harassment, bullying or abuse

For those who have research interests in these areas and would like to provide input on research needs and/or be considered for a future SHRM Foundation research project, please contact our program manager, Dorothy Mebane at

To all who have participated in, volunteered for, and supported our past research grant program, thank you!

For Grantees: Procedures and Requirements

For past grant recipients, see details on how to submit project invoices and how to conclude your grant successfully. 

Grants Awarded 2005-2016
View a list of current grants in process and past grants that have been completed. Includes links to research results and final project reports.

Dissertation and Research Awards
Learn how to apply for a SHRM Foundation dissertation award and how to make a nomination for the Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award.

Research Results
Read executive summaries and download full research reports from completed SHRM Foundation research grants.

Volunteer to Advise on Future Research
Both academics and HR professionals are needed to provide input to help shape future SHRM Foundation research.