Tuesday, September 1, 2009

IBM Center Call for Research Report Proposals 2009-2010

IBM Center Call for Research Report Proposals 2009 - 2010

Offered by IBM Center for The Business of Government

Over the past 10 years, the IBM Center for The Business of Government has awarded more than 300 scholars with stipends to produce research reports on improving the effectiveness of government, resulting in more than 225 published reports and books. Since 1998, academics from across the world have competed to prepare insightful and practical research reports and case studies to assist public sector executives at all levels of government to more effectively respond to their mission and management challenges.

The aim of the IBM Center is to tap into the best minds in academe and the nonprofit sector who can use rigorous public management research and analysis to produce reports with practical advice and insight for public sector executives and managers to improve the effectiveness of government. We are looking for very practical findings and recommendations - not just theory or concepts - in order to assist executives and managers to more effectively respond to mission and management challenges.

Description of Stipends

Individuals receiving a stipend should produce a 30 to 40-page report. The manuscript should be submitted no later than six months after the start of the project. Recipients will select the start and end dates. The report should be written for government executives and managers, providing them practical knowledge and insight.

Eligibility: Individuals working in universities, nonprofit organizations, or journalism.

Size of Stipends: $20,000 for each report

Deadlines: There are two funding cycles, with deadlines of:

  • October 1, 2009
  • March 1, 2010

The Center is pleased to solicit research proposals based on the following six themes:

  • Performance improvement and analysis
  • Implementation of the Recovery Act
  • Workforce transformation
  • Collaboration and management across boundaries
  • Contracting and acquisition, and
  • Transparency and participatory democracy using technology.

Within each of these areas, Center is particularly interested in proposals that address:

  • Federal finance, budget and the economy
  • Healthcare
  • Energy & environment
  • Cybersecurity

Center looks forward to receiving proposals in response to this announcement and to continue working with the world’s leading researchers. Since the creation of the IBM Center, it has been our goal to document and better understand the transformation activities being undertaken by innovative government leaders across the world. It is an exciting time to witness the continued transformation of government.

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