The Jack McGeorge Research Grant

CARAS Research Starter Grant Solicitation

The Jack McGeorge Research Grant

Program Announcement

Founded in 2005, the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the support and promotion of excellence in the study of alternative sexualities, and the dissemination of research results to members of alternative sexuality and research communities and to the general public. CARAS currently has a focus on BDSM/leather/kink/fetish sexualities and consensual non-monogamous relationships such as polyamory and swinging. 

One objective of the CARAS mission is to increase peer-reviewed research about alternative sexualities. One strategy for reaching that objective is to support the research of scholars and scientists who are interested and motivated to make consensual non-monogamy, polyamory, swinging, or BDSM/leather/kink/fetish sexualities a focus of their work.  CARAS wishes to make the study of alternative sexualities a viable field of inquiry for academics by providing scholars with “seed money" for innovative research that will allow them to publish and become competitive for larger grants. 


The CARAS Research Starter Grant supports empirical research within such human/social sciences fields of psychology, anthropology, sociology, social work, or other related professional fields of empirical research on any topic related to the CARAS communities of interest.  The applicant must be a member of CARAS ( at the time of application and hold an academic or faculty appointment at an accredited, not-for-profit institution. Preference will go to early career applicants.  Principal investigators (PI) and co-PI(s) must have a PhD or equivalent.  For the field of social work, an MSW or higher will be required.  Applicants may submit only one application per grant cycle.


Maximum amount of the award shall be up to $3,000. Payment will be made directly to the principal investigator’s institution in the name of the investigator.

Funds may be used for any purpose relevant to the conducting of the research such as material and supplies, IT resources, computers, software, publication costs, and recruitment of research subjects. Funds will not normally be provided for travel to meetings, stipends for principal investigators, conference planning or manuscript preparation. However, travel expenses for the purpose of data collection or collaboration with co-investigators will be allowed, up to $1000 of the award amount.  Indirect costs (overhead costs or institutional overhead) are capped at no more than 10%.  CARAS prefers that all of the grant to be used for research purposes.  If your institution requires indirect costs, CARAS limits them to 10%.  Please ask your Office of Research if indirect costs are required prior to submitting the grant application.

The grant period will be for one year. At the end of the grant period, a final report will be submitted to the Executive Director, CARAS, within 60 days of the end of the funding period. These reports must contain, at a minimum, a description of how the funds were used, publications and abstracts resulting from the grant, and additional funding received or applied for.  All publications or abstracts resulting from the grant will acknowledge funding from CARAS and an electronic copy of all publications/abstracts shall be provided to the Executive Director, CARAS.

Current Grant Program Application period is Closed

The deadline for submission of the application was Monday, February 8, 2016, 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time.  Notification of funding was announced April 2, 2016.   The grant period will be May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017. CARAS will consider a request for a one time extension, not to exceed an additional 6 months. This request must be submitted within 30 days prior to the end of the grant period.  The recipient will be notified by email, with a formal letter following.

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Relevance to CARAS goals and mission
  2. Research Design, Feasibility and Analytic plan
  3. Budget justification/usage plan
  4. Applicant’s demonstrated scholarship

All applicants will be informed of their status regarding the award within 60 days of February 8, 2016 by the preferred method of contact submitted on the application.



Please contact Richard Sprott if you have questions or wish to have the application sent to you: