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AAA Ethics Grant

From the AAA Committee on Ethics

American Anthropological Association
Request for Proposals
Ethics Small Grant Program

Small Grants For Developing Ethics Curricular Materials

Goals of the Program

The AAA Small Grants Program seeks to foster the development and use of curricular materials for the teaching and communication of ethics and ethical practice across the discipline of anthropology. Administered by the AAA Committee on Ethics, this small grant program encourages the awareness of and innovation in ethics curricular materials used in introductory, undergraduate, and graduate classes. Proposals for the development of curricular materials in a variety of forms are welcome, including texts, films, blogs, websites, exhibits, and other innovative media forms.  The grant recipient(s) will have ten months to complete these new curricular materials, the results of which will be featured in the Ethical Currents column of the December issue of AN as well as on the AAA ethics blog, and highlighted at the Annual Meeting.


All members of the American Anthropological Association are eligible to apply. Please visit for details on joining the Association, dues and benefits of membership.

Proposals may request from $200 to $1,000 and must address a clearly-defined curricular material development project.  Note, the total budget allocation for this grant program for is $1000, thus proposals that include matching funds are encouraged. The Committee On Ethics reserves the right to subdivide funds between worthy applications; your proposal, therefore, may be funded in part or in whole. Please provide budget justification with this in mind.

Conflict of Interest Statement

All CoE award committees follow NSF guidelines regarding potential conflict of interest between applicants and reviewers.


The deadline for proposals is November 2, 2012.  Please send proposals, acceptable in the following format only, and/or any questions about the program via email to in advance of the deadline.

Proposal Format

1. Application Cover Page should include the name, organization/department, address, phone number, and AAA membership number of the applicant, the title of the project, and the total amount in the requested budget.

2. Summary or Abstract (1/2 page). Present a brief summary of the entire proposal.

3. Project Description, including timeline (two pages). The project description should address the following questions: (a) What is the new curricular material to be developed? (Provide detail on form, content, and development strategies and intended audiences — including the potential involvement of undergraduate or graduate students and the broader public). (b) What is the curricular lacuna(e) that this new material will fill?  (c) How will this new material address the specificities of anthropological ethics?  (d) How will this new material be disseminated, beyond the write-up in AN and on the ethics blog?  (e) Provide a timeline for the production of this new material?

4. Summation of Applicant’s CV (2 pages maximum)

5. Budget Justification (approx. 1/2 page). Provide justification for the budget and any additional information to help the review committee understand how calculations were made. Explain any unusual line items in the budget. If the requested grant amount will not cover all project expenses, please indicate the other sources of funding. You may also identify other contributions in this section, such as your time, resources of your department, equipment and other materials.

Grant Timeline

The successful applicant(s) will be notified in December 2012 and the grant awarded in January 2013.  The new curricular material must be completed by November 1, 2013.  A final report (1 page) is to be submitted to Committee on Ethics member, Simon Craddock Lee by December 1, 2013.

The successful applicant is also responsible for providing a write-up about the new curricular material for the Ethical Currents column of the December 2013 issue of AN as well as providing additional content and links for the AAA ethics blog.