Research and Scholarly Works

About Us

The CHSS Research team is part of the Dean's Office and charged with assisting faculty and staff in obtaining funding for their research and scholarship activities. Sometimes referred to as pre-pre-award, research development provides tools and resources to develop competitive applications that convey the importance and timeliness of the projects proposed. We are located in

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Horizon Hall, Room 6100
4400 University Drive, 3A3
Fairfax, VA 22030-4422
The CHSS Research team (see contacts in right sidebar) seeks to provide CHSS faculty and staff  with the support they need to be successful in their research and scholarship endeavors.

Faculty and staff in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences engage in research, analysis and creative work that address essential questions about our lives and our world.

The college's range is wide, from traditional humanities such as English and philosophy to interdisciplinary social sciences such as bio-archaeology and neuroscience.  Particularly strong in interdisciplinary scholarship, the college addresses fundamental questions about human life and value in order to provide cutting-edge solutions to pressing social problems.

For a terrific overview of CHSS research, see the CHSS Research Council Presentation from October 2019.

Also visit Research Videos to learn more about research at Mason. Mason conducts high-level research in a variety of areas. See how studies are conducted, the discoveries we make, and the knowledge we bring to the world.

Questions and comments regarding the CHSS Research website? Please contact Dr. Brooke Gowl, Associate Director of Research Development.


Research News

To see additional Research News, including the items listed below, visit

Office of Sponsored Programs has posted an updated document for Letters of Intent Procedures

Office of Sponsored Programs has posted an updated document for Letters of Intent Procedures

A Letter of Intent, also called a White Paper, Pre-Proposal, Concept Paper, or Quad Chart (hereafter called LOI), is a shortened version of a complete grant proposal. Typically, sponsors will request LOIs to allow them to assess whether or not there is a good match between the proposed project and their interests. The Office of Sponsored programs has a document explaining procedures for letters of intent.

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