FAQs

Who can submit a proposal for the Catt Prize?
Scholars at any level may apply, from graduate students to tenured faculty members as well as adjunct faculty and independent researchers.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen or affiliated with a U.S. academic institution to submit a proposal?
No, researchers from around the world are eligible.

Can a proposal include co-authors?
Yes, proposals may have more than one author. The Catt Prize cover sheet contains space to enter the name and contact information for three co-authors. Include information for any additional co-authors on a separate sheet.

Can previous winners/honorable mentions submit a proposal?
Yes, but only for new research relating to women and politics. Proposals may not be submitted for projects that previously received Catt Prize funding.

Do proposals need to be for a new project?
Proposals may be submitted for new or ongoing research, but the award money should be used only for new expenses, not to reimburse researchers for past expenses.

What type of research expenses can the Catt Prize be used for?
Catt Prize awards can be used to fund any part of a research project. Examples of how past awards have been used include hiring graduate or undergraduate research assistants, travel expenses, translation services, survey expenses and creating a website.

How detailed should the itemized budget be?
If the award money would cover only part of the expenses of a project, it is helpful to provide a higher-level description of your whole budget with a more detailed breakdown of how the award money would be used.

Do I need to include indirect costs (IDC) for my institution?
The Catt Prize awards are from private funds that were donated to support research on women and politics. The Catt Center does not believe they should be treated as a grant with indirect costs associated with the prize, and does not provide indirect costs over the amount of the award.

Can the award be paid to my institution?
Because of recent changes in U.S. tax law, Catt Prize awards must be paid directly to the author(s) of the proposal.

How will the award be paid if a proposal has co-authors?
Awards can be paid to one co-author or split between multiple co-authors. If you are a co-author on a winning proposal or an honorable mention, your team will be asked to specify how to disburse the award.

What information should be included in the biographical statement?
The biographical statement should be a paragraph or two that describes your current appointment, professional experience and education. As the review committee does not see the biographical statements before making their decision, it does not need to include a description of your qualifications for the project.

How should I submit a proposal – by postal service or email?
Catt Prize proposals must be submitted by email to cattcntr@iastate.edu.

Who selects the Catt Prize winners?
Proposals are blind-reviewed by a committee composed of faculty members in the disciplines represented by the authors of prize proposals. Most committee members are faculty at Iowa State University, but faculty from other institutions have also served on the committee, as needed.

When are the winners of the Catt Prize announced?
The review committee meets in late January/early February to select the winning proposal(s). Award winners are then notified by phone or email, and letters are mailed to the authors of the other proposals. Information about the winning proposals is posted on the Catt Prize webpage in mid- to late February and announced in the Catt Center's newsletter in mid-March.