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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 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

  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 grants the award.
  4. You spend the money.
  5. Send Don Moore the results (e.g. working/published papers).

Application Instructions for 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.

  • Send complete application package to: Don Moore,