William R. WatersResearch Grant Application – 2016/17


The purpose of the William R. Waters Research Grant Program is to inspirescholars to organize their research in social economics and social economyalong the lines suggested by William Waters in his 1988 presidential address tothe Association for Social Economics.

“Themajor concern of social economics is explaining the economy in its broadest aspects;that is, showing how human beings deal with the ordinary business of usinghuman and physical resources to achieve a level of material comfort.Explanation includes cultural, political, and ethical details as they areneeded for a full understanding. As in any economics, there are three parts tosocial economics. First is the philosophical base of the social economist,which may or may not be a reflection of the philosophical base or ethos of thesociety he/she is studying. Social economics (or any economics) builds upon it.It is the hard core as in the recent popular literature of the philosophy ofscience. The second part of the discipline is a description of the significantcharacteristics of the economy. The economist must observe the multiplicity ofeconomic reality and abstract those characteristics that are substantive. Thetwo together, the philosophical premises and the empirical observations, willdetermine the third part of the discipline, social economic policy. Policyformulation is thus a mix of the first two.”[William R. Waters,presidential address, “Social Economics: A Solidarist Perspective,”Reviewof Social Economy, 1988, p. 113 ff.].



The Association of Social Economics offers a research grant in the amount ofup to $5,000 to promote research in social economics and the social economy.Possible topics include, but are not limited to: the role of social values ineconomic life, economic policy and social wellbeing, social capital, socialnorms, social networks, human capabilities, workplace policies and socialjustice, corporate social responsibility, socially responsible investment,microfinance, ethics and economics, poverty, inequality, and policies relatedto health, education, and welfare.
In order to advance the careers of promising new scholars in particular,applicants for the Waters grant must be graduate students in PhD programs whohave not yet completed their dissertation, or faculty members (tenured oruntenured) below the rank of Associate Professor (or its equivalent outside theU.S.).



To apply for the grant, the following materials need to be submitted by Wednesday, November 16, 2016:

  1. A completed application form(Please click here for the document)
  2. A 4 to 5 page narrative (in 12 pt Times New Roman font single-spaced) explaining the following:
    1. The purpose of the project: What will be learned fromthe research to be undertaken, and what will be its contribution toknowledge? What are the expected outputs from the work?
    2. A description of the research project to beundertaken, including the issues to be examined, the research methods tobe employed (this needs to be sufficiently detailed), and why thisconstitutes innovative work in comparison to the available evidence inthe field.
    3. The relationship of the project to social economics:What conceptual frameworks, topical concerns, and/or empiricalmethodologies drawn from social economics will be used in the present project?How is the project expected to contribute to social economics?
    4. The plan of work: Include a time-table for theproject, resources to be used, travel plans, etc.
    5. The estimated budget: Indicate all costs that would becovered by the grant (e.g. travel expenses, research costs, summerstipend, etc.)
  3. An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  4. Two letters of recommendation: For students, one letter should be from their dissertation advisor.


Enquiries and application materials including letters of recommendation shouldbe sent by e-mail with the subject line “Application for the William R. WatersResearch Grant” to:
Professor George DeMartino
University of Denver