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Call for Research Proposals on Entrepreneurship, Regulation, Economic Growth

The DeVoe L. Moore Center is sponsoring its third annual undergraduate research competition and asking for proposals to research issues relating to entrepreneurship, regulation and economic growth. Projects can be national or local in scope, focusing on domestic and/or international issues. Projects should have an original research component. Proposals from any discipline will be considered and can include quantitative or qualitative research, although projects must be grounded in conventional social science research methods. Research projects must be completed by 31 May 2016.

The competition is open to all current undergraduate students at FSU in good academic standing (including students graduating in December 2015) and can cover a wide range of topics. Past projects and potential topics include:
• The effects of the Great Recession on small business development;
• Privatization and corruption in public contracts in Peru;
• Shopping center permit approvals and delays in Tallahassee;
• Impact of micro-enterprise development on poverty and economic development;
• Urban slums (domestic or foreign) as enterprise cities;
• Property rights, risk and entrepreneurship.

Up to three projects may be selected for funding by a committee of FSU economics faculty. The award will include:
• A $2,500 cash award
• An opportunity to compete for an additional award covering 100% of travel, lodging and registration to attend the Association of Private Enterprise Education conference (APEE) in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 3-5, 2016 (for recipients 21 years of age or older by April 3, 2016).
• An opportunity to present your research at APEE (for award recipients 21 years of age or older by April 3, 2016) and other research conferences or forums.
• Potential publication of your study by the DeVoe L. Moore Center

Submission guidelines:
• A cover letter, abstract of no more than 750 words, and academic transcript submitted to Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D., Director, DeVoe L. Moore Center, sstaley@fsu.edu
• Ensure the abstract includes contact information, the title of the project, a primary hypothesis, summary of the research to be undertaken, expected methods to be used, and a timeline with benchmarks with a May 31, 2016 completion date.
• All materials submitted by noon, Friday, October 30, 2015.

Award notification: All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by Nov. 15, 2015.