College of Social Science Strategic Partnership Grants: Social, Spatial, Economic, Behavioral and Cognitive Implications of Generative AI Technology
Technological advances in generative AI are expected to have a profound impact on the human experience, potentially changing workplaces, educational contexts, and even how people process information. Generative AI technologies also may change how scholars conduct their work and teach new generations. These technological changes may prove transformative at multiple levels ranging from societies to individual cognitive processes. Moreover, these technological changes may exacerbate existing disparities and create new ones.
This Call for Proposals seeks to foster transdisciplinary collaborative research between social scientists and scholars from other disciplines to examine the social, spatial, economic behavioral or cognitive implications of generative AI technologies and their potential consequences for contemporary societies. We also encourage research proposals that examines the historical, ethical, legal and/or philosophical issues that undergird technological change emanating from the use or misuse of generative AI.
We anticipate awarding up to five grant awards of up to $25,000 each with required 20% matching funds from participating units and/or colleges.
This SPG program is open to interdisciplinary teams comprised of :
- Full time tenured and tenure-track faculty with at least one member of the team from the College of Social Science
- Faculty with uninterrupted, multiyear, fixed term appointments with at least one member of the team from the College of Social Science
- Academic specialists in the continuing appointment systems who have majority of effort in the research category within the College of Social Science
Upload using link on Application Form by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 20, 2023. Please compile and submit as a single PDF the following materials:
- Upload completed application here: Generative AI Strategic Partnership Grant Application
- Project narrative (2 page maximum); must clearly articulate methods, offer a concise statement of expected outcomes and clearly articulate how the proposed research and scholarly work will contribute to knowledge and practice relative to generative AI.
- Proposed detailed budget (spreadsheet) and budget justification; see Social Science Generative AI SPG Budget Spreadsheet
- Unit letter(s) of support from the applicants’ dean(s) or department chair(s) committing to a minimum of 20% ($5,000 total) matching funds.
- Current researcher biosketches or CVs.
- Reference list for proposal narrative.
- Other documents as applicable.
Awardees will be selected by an interdisciplinary review panel and will be notified by Wednesday, December 20, 2023. Instructions for accessing funds will be provided at the time of notification. Funds may be used for expenses related to the project as submitted, consistent with University Policy and Procedures, but may not be used for faculty salaries. A brief narrative and financial report is required within 12 months of the award date describing outcomes and plans for follow-up.
Questions: Please contact SSC.Researchdean@msu.edu