About the Program

Research grants offer an opportunity to engage scholars in complex issues confronting society. The knowledge we gain from academic studies is incredibly valuable and can be very revealing, because academics base their findings on data analysis. Critical interrogation also contributes to important discoveries. By funding field studies regionally and around the globe, we seek to fill gaps in knowledge and contribute to a greater understanding of challenges facing the content industry.

Size of Research Grant
$20,000 in U.S. dollars.

Proposals from any discipline will be considered. Cross-disciplinary research teams consisting of academics from different fields are encouraged. Researchers may employ a wide range of appropriate methodologies or combinations of methodologies, including: 

  • qualitative research case studies,
  • quantitative research case studies,
  • historical analysis, or
  • other scholarly methods that are applicable for the proposed project.

Schedule for Preparation of Research Report
First application period began on April 15, 2014 and ended on May 15, 2014. Stipend awardees for this deadline will be selected and announced by June 15, 2014. Second application period will begin on June 9, 2014 and end on July 15, 2014. The second deadline stipend awardees will be selected and announced by August 15, 2014. Stipend award winners will produce a report of approximately 25 to 35 pages. The report must be submitted no later than six months after the awardees are selected and the initial payment is made.

Application Deadlines

  • August 15, 2015 (fall grant deadline)

Applicants will be notified that their applications are complete after MPAA receives the required application materials. Applications must be submitted online, in PDF format only. Please note that we cannot, under any circumstances, accept research proposals that contain confidential or proprietary information. Each proposal must confirm that it contains no such information or it will be rejected without further review.

Evaluation Criteria
As outlined by the Grant Submission Terms, the MPAA will have sole and absolute discretion to select Stipend awardees. Your Proposal and application will be evaluated based upon the MPAA’s judgment, including in the areas as follows:

  • Does the proposal explain clearly the scope of the project and what work will be done?
  • Does it project research results and explain how they will be obtained and what methodologies will be used?
  • Does the proposal provide evidence of knowledge of other research underway?