2013 Call for Proposals for the Elliott Initiative: the role of urban entrepreneurship in urban economic development

The College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is seeking proposals for a competitive research grant for the Betty F. Elliott Initiative for Academic Excellence. The theme for 2012-2013 is "Doing Business in Detroit", and proposals are sought related to urban entrepreneurship.

Proposal Guidelines
In support of the research component of this initiative, we invite proposals that address urban entrepreneurship in urban economic development from a multi-dimensional perspective. Research topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Urban entrepreneurship networks and social capital
  • Urban entrepreneurial financing
  • Opportunity identification and evaluation in an urban environment
  • Race, class, and ethnicity, and the socio-cultural context in urban entrepreneurship
  • Social entrepreneurship or social enterprise and urban revitalization

The committee is interested in a broad range of ideas that relate to doing business in an urban environment. A research topic with cross-disciplinary appeal is especially encouraged. While the Elliott theme specifically addresses business in Detroit and the larger Southeast Michigan region, research proposals are not limited to Detroit and may address other urban contexts.

Grant Details
There will be one award of $15,000 covering the duration December 1, 2012 to November 30, 2013. The grant money may be used for hiring student assistants, or other expenses in connection with work on the research grant. It may not be used to pay faculty salaries. This grant is open to faculty and doctoral students at fully accredited universities.

The following deliverables are expected from the grant awardees:

  1. A mid-term project report by June 15, 2013.
  2. A formal presentation of preliminary results of research at the campus of University of Michigan, Dearborn in November 2013. Travel and hosting expenses will be paid by the University, and will not affect the total grant received by the researcher.
  3. A final project report at the end of the project by no later than February 14, 2014.
  4. A formal presentation of results at a research conference by November 28, 2014.

All publications stemming of the grant must acknowledge support from the University of Michigan – Dearborn College of Business Betty F. Elliott Initiative on Urban Entrepreneurship.

Submission Guidelines
A complete application will include the following:

  • Title and abstract, with author name and contact information
  • Statement of the research problem or question
  • Brief literature review to establish theoretical grounding and relevance
  • Research plan which outlines the research objective, methodology, and analysis plan
  • Theoretical and/or practical implications of the research
  • Proposed timeline
  • Project budget with justification

Please include a two page abbreviated CV of the project investigators.

Proposals should not be more than five pages single-spaced, including references, figures and tables (12-point Times New Roman font and 1" margins). Acceptable file formats are MSword or pdf. Author CVs are not included in the page limit.

Proposal should be submitted electronically by the submission deadline of November 15, 2012 to jebeatty@umd.umich.edu

Proposals will be evaluated by the Elliott steering committee. Evaluation criteria will be based on originality of ideas, intellectual merit, sound research design, and theoretical and/or practical contributions of the proposed work.


  1. Proposal Submission deadline: November 15, 2012
  2. Review of proposals and award: December 3, 2012
  3. Preliminary report of results and presentation at the University of Michigan - Dearborn: November 2013
  4. Final report of results: February 14, 2014
Deadline/closing date: 
Thursday, November 15, 2012