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Grants for UCB Researchers


Xlab Grants make financial support available to UC Berkeley graduate students engaged in dissertation research and to UC Berkeley post-doc and junior faculty who are interested in conducting experiments as part of their research program.

Investigators can receive one Xlab grant with a possible follow-up grant. Decisions are made by the Director of the Xlab. Funding decisions may seek to encourage good research practices, including pre-registration, posting data, and posting research materials.

The grant must be used within 6 months.

Grants are made possible by virtue of Xlab's support by the Dean of the Haas School of Business and the Dean of Social Sciences. We are grateful for their funding.


-Must be UC Berkeley investigator
(graduate students, post-doc, or junior faculty)
-must not have received an Xlab grant in the past

Major Steps for Phase 1 and 2

  1. Complete the Xlab Grant Application Form, a 5 page report (see Phase 1 instructions below), and a letter from your Faculty Advisor.
  2. Send to Don Moore. E-mail:
  3. Xlab Faculty Director grants the award.
  4. If no follow-up grant is required, send Don Moore the results (e.g. working/published papers).

For Phase 2 Follow-Up Grant:

  1. Provide a summary report of the findings from the initial experiment (See Phase 2 instructions below).
  2. Send Don Moore the results (e.g. working/published papers).

Phase 1 Application Instructions for Initial Grant:

  • Complete the Xlab Grant Application Form
  • Write a brief report (no more than 5 pages total) covering the:
    1. Purpose and background of the study
    2. Related literature
    3. Experimental design and procedures
    4. Research question(s)
    5. Proposed analysis
    6. Plans for pre-registration and for public posting of research materials and data
    7. References
    8. Budget
  • Graduate students only:
    include a letter of support (Please address to the Xlab Faculty Director) from your Faculty Advisor --1 page or less, indicating whether he/she supports your request as essential and whether he/she feels you have adequately explored other possible funding sources.

  • Complete application package must be submitted by YOUR ADVISOR electronically to:
    Don Moore,

Phase 2 Application Instructions for Follow-Up Grant:

Provide a summary report of the findings of the initial experiment. Summary report should include:

  1. Important changes the project has undergone since initial application.
  2. Summary of how the initial money has been spent.
  3. A budget justifying the need for additional funding.
  4. The report should be less than 2 pages.