Con Edison Social and Behavioral Research Award
Extended Deadline Sunday, November 20, 2022, 11:59PM
The CUNY Office of K-16 Initiatives is requesting proposals from social and behavioral research projects in support of Con Edison’s goal of increasing public awareness of gas safety and of the importance of reporting natural gas odors. Eligible projects are those that aim to better understand factors that may or may not prompt community members to contact Con Edison or call 911 when they detect a gas leak or gas odor.
Research areas may include but are not limited to:
- Exploring the question that has troubled the utility industry for decades: what does and does not prompt the public to notify a utility or 911 of a detected gas leak?
- Determining the efficacy of odor alarms vs. nuisance alarms
- Measuring the effectiveness of Con Edison’s current education campaign: Smell Gas, Act Fast
- Assessing the effectiveness of public health messaging:
- Enabling utility companies to learn from other public health messaging
- Demonstrating how public awareness programs have guided and influenced human behavior
Faculty researchers in the areas of public health, human and social behavior, and public affairs or any other relevant fields are encouraged to apply. We especially invite applicants from the following: Hunter College Urban Planning Department, the Silberman School of Social Work, the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch, the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, and other departments of urban studies.
We anticipate awarding 5-8 projects with funding levels of $25,000-$35,000 in 2022. Please see the <a href="http://<!– wp:paragraph –> <p>https://www.cuny.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/media-assets/Con-Edison-Social-and-Behavioral-Research-Award_Guidelines-2.pdf</p> <!– /wp:paragraph –> <!– wp:paragraph –> <p></p> RFP website. Applications must be submitted via the online application portal. Awardees will be notified by December 19, 2022.
Please direct any inquiries to:
Deputy Director, K-16 Initiatives