Catt Prize 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 up to four co-authors.

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.

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.

How do I submit a proposal?

Catt Prize proposals must be submitted through the link provided on the How to Apply page. This link appears only when the application period is open. Required information on the submission form includes contact information and a biographical statement (1000-character limit) for each author, and the project description in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format. The project description is to be 5-10 pages in length, double-spaced in 12-point font and comprised of the proposal title; 150-200 word abstract summarizing the project’s purpose and content; discussion of relevant theory, contributions to literature in the field and methodology; statement and itemized budget describing how the Catt Prize will be used for the project; and timetable for completion of the project, taking into consideration the February 2020 disbursement of awards. The project description should also include a reference list of relevant literature, which is not included in the 10-page limit. As proposals are blind-reviewed, do not include identifying information such as author names or institutions in the project description.

What information should be included in the biographical statement?

The biographical statement, which has a 1000-character limit, should describe 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 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.

Who selects the Catt Prize winners?

Proposals are blind-reviewed by a committee composed of faculty members in the disciplines represented by the 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). Authors of both winning and non-winning proposals will then be notified. 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.