Bold Research Visions

We invite you to submit a 300 to 500 word statement of your research vision for any of the social problems and tracks. We are seeking bold and innovative research ideas rather than incremental insights. For example, new theories, substantive questions, and methods and implementation strategies would be examples of creative thinking. Or, you might offer insights from other fields or identify intersections of thought that are generative. Given the goal of transformative research is to use theoretically driven research to solve practical problems, preference is given to those ideas most likely to increase consumer well-being.

You must submit a research vision to only 1 or 2 tracks. If you want to submit applications to 2 tracks, submit separately using the form below, one for each track, with a distinct Bold Research Vision statement tailored to each track. Please include evidence of your sustained interest in at least one aspect of the social problem, such as recent publications, a grant, practical experience, or any other support. Clearly, junior researchers would not be expected to have the same level of sustained experience as more senior researchers.

Doctoral students should also submit a 300 to 500 word statement of research vision that will be evaluated using different criteria. Doctoral candidates should ask their advisors to write a brief cover letter that confirms the student’s stage in the doctoral program (please submit this along with the statement of research vision as a single PDF in the submission system). Preference will be given to doctoral candidates who have demonstrated some sustained interest in the social problem, such as working on the social problem for their thesis, presenting a conference paper, or other work experience in the area.

Note: Unlike other conferences where a collection of authors submit a paper, applicants to this conference apply as a single individual. An individual who is accepted to the conference may not bring a colleague, assistant, or co-author. Each person is submitting a request to participate in the dialogical conversation and project—these are personal visions and evidence of personal commitment.

Submission deadline is November 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Decision notification will be sent no later than December 21, 2016.