Grant Submission Terms

Thank you for your interest in the Motion Picture Association’s (“MPAA”) Global Research Grant Program. The following terms and conditions (“Grant Submission Terms”) apply to your application and selection of stipend awardees (“Stipend Awardees”).


You accept these grant submission terms

Your submission of an application (“Application”) for the MPAA Global Research Intellectual Property Program on this portion of the MPAA Research Program website at (the “Site”) is subject to these Grant Submission Terms, as may be modified from time to time. These Grant Submission Terms set forth below supplement the Privacy PolicyTerms of Use and Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) governing your use of the Site and the Application process. If you do not agree to these Grant Submission Terms or are dissatisfied with any portion of the Site, your sole remedy is to not use the Site and to not submit an Application.

Application entry deadlines

a.  Applications may only be submitted through the Site during two time periods:

i.  First Application period will begin on April 15, 2014 and ends on May 15, 2014 (“First Application Entry Period”).  Up to four (4) Stipend Awardees will be selected and announced by June 15, 2014 to each receive Stipends in the amount of twenty-thousand dollar ($20,000), respectively to be paid as set forth in Section 5 of these Grant Submission Terms.

ii.  Second application period will begin on June 9, 2014 and end on July 15, 2014 (“Second Application Entry Period”).  Up to four (4) Stipend Awardees will be selected and announced by August 15, 2014.

iii.  The First Application Entry Period and the Second Application Entry Period will be collectively referred to as the “Application Entry Periods.”

iv.  Applicants must submit a three-page description of the proposed project (single-spaced, approximately 1500 words) (“Proposals”). The Proposals must be in the four topics outlined in the Research Topics. Applications for grants including topics that are outside of the four areas are not eligible for the grant.


a.  Scholars must be affiliated with an academic institution.

b.  Graduate students may be part of a team submitting an application, but they cannot be the primary author(s).

c.  Employees of the MPAA, or any person/entity involved in the MPAA Global Research Intellectual Property Program, including in the selection of Awardees, and/or the development, implementation, production, or handling of the MPAA Global Research Intellectual Property Program in any capacity, any agents acting for, or on behalf of the above entities, their respective parent, subsidiary, and related companies, officers, directors, licensees, service providers, any other person or entity associated with the MPAA Global Research Intellectual Property Program (collectively “MPAA Global Research Intellectual Property Program Entities”), members of their immediate families (spouses, domestic partners, children, siblings, parents), and/or persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related, are ineligible to participate in the Application process and not eligible for the Grant.


a.  You Agree to Prepare a Report if Selected to Receive a Stipend: Stipend Awardees must agree to produce a report that is approximately 25 to 35 pages in length (the “Report”), no later than six months after the Initial Payment (defined in Section 5(c) below) is made.

b.  Content Limitations: In submitting your Proposal and your subsequent Report, you represent and warrant that all work you have submitted is your original work and does not include the intellectual property of any third parties who do not appear on the Grant Application. You further represent and warrant that you will not submit any material on or through the Site that violates any of the content limitations, and you agree not to submit any Proposal or Report that:

i.  libels, defames, invades privacy, encourages stalking, is obscene, pornographic, racist, abusive, harassing, threatening or offensive;

ii.  reveals any personal information about another individual, including another person’s address, phone number, e-mail address, credit card number or any information that may be used to track, contact or impersonate that individual;

iii.  disparages, criticizes, belittles, parodies or otherwise portrays in a negative light any person depicted in the content;

iv.  seeks to exploit or harm children by exposing them to inappropriate content, asking for personally identifiable details or otherwise;

v.  infringes any intellectual property or other right of any entity or person, including violating anyone’s copyrights or trademarks or their rights of publicity;

vi.  violates any law or may be considered to violate any law;

vii.  you do not have the right to transmit under any contractual or other relationship (e.g., inside information, proprietary or confidential information received in the context of an employment or a non-disclosure agreement);

viii.  advocates or promotes illegal activity;

ix.  impersonates or misrepresents your connection to any other entity or person or otherwise manipulates headers or identifiers to disguise the origin of the content;

x.  advertises any commercial endeavor (e.g., offering for sale products or services) or otherwise engages in any commercial activity (e.g., conducting raffles or contests, displaying sponsorship banners, and/or soliciting goods or services) except as specifically authorized on this Site;

xi.  solicits funds, advertisers or sponsors;

xii.  includes programs which contain viruses, worms and/or ‘Trojan horses’ or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, overload, collapse, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications;

xiii.  disrupts the normal flow of dialogue, causes a screen to scroll faster than other users are able to type, or otherwise act in a way which affects the ability of other people to engage in real time activities via the Site;

xiv.  copies any other pages or images on this Site except with appropriate authority; xv. includes MP3 format files;

xvi.  amounts to a ‘pyramid’ or similar scheme;

xvii.  amounts to ‘data warehousing’ (i.e., using any web space made available to you as storage for large files or large amount of data which are only linked from other sites). You must provide a reasonable amount of content to accompany such material in order that at least some of the traffic to your site comes directly via us;

xviii.  disobeys any policy or regulations established from time to time regarding use of this Site or any networks connected to this Site; or

xix.  contains links to other sites that contain the kind of content, which falls within the descriptions set out in this Section 4(b)(i) – (xviii) above.


a.  Subject to the Application Criteria section, the MPAA’s consultation with third party experts and/or others that the MPAA may choose in its sole discretion, and the MPAA’s final determination, Stipend Awardees will receive a total of $20,000 for each winning Proposal and completed corresponding Report.

b.  Up to four (4) Stipends will be awarded for the First Application Entry Period, and up to four (4) Stipends will be awarded for the Second Application Entry Period.

c.  Stipends will be funded in two payments as follows: $10,000 within thirty days of selection of the winning Proposal (“Initial Payment); and final payment of $10,000 upon receipt and approval by the MPAA of the Awardees’ Report (“Final Payment”).

Application process

a.  Applications must be submitted during the applicable Application Entry Periods via our online application system as follows:

i.  The first application period will begin on April 15, 2014 and end on May 15, 2014. Stipend Awardees for this deadline will be selected and announced by June 15, 2014.

ii.  The 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.

b.  A list of Stipend Awardees can be requested by writing to the MPAA Global Research Intellectual Property Program at the Contact address below.

Application content

a.  A cover sheet with name, title, academic institution, e-mail address and a telephone number.

b.  If a research team is involved, the above information for each team member should be included. The first individual listed on a team proposal will be the point person for all communications regarding the proposal, including funding decisions.

c.  Three-page description of the proposed project (single-spaced, approximately 1500 words) (“Proposals”) in one of the four topic areas designated for the Grant as described in the FAQs.

d.  An abstract summarizing the proposal. e. A Curriculum Vitae (CV).

i.  A representative selection of relevant publications should be included in each CV.

ii.  The total CV, including list of publications, should be no more than three single-spaced pages per individual.

Application criteria

The MPAA will have complete discretion over interpretation of these Grant Submission Terms, administration of the MPAA Global Research Intellectual Property Program, and of selection of any Stipend Awardee. You agree and consent to the MPAA sharing your Grant Application with any third parties (including any industry leaders and advisors to the MPAA who may be asked to assist with reviewing your Application) at the MPAA’s sole and absolute discretion. The MPAA reserves the right to consult with a panel of industry leaders regarding the Applications. Decisions of the MPAA as to the selection of the Stipend Awardees will be final. The MPAA will consider the following criteria in selecting Stipend Awardees:

a.  Originality and clarity of the Proposal.

b.  Effectiveness of the Proposal’s explanation of the expected research results and how they will be obtained.

i.  The extent to which the Proposal evidences knowledge of other research underway in the proposed field.

US residents: binding arbitration of all disputes, no class relief:

a.  US Residents: To the fullest extent permissible by law, with the exception of disputes pertaining to MPAA’s intellectual property rights and certain statutory claims that, pursuant to law, are not arbitrable, any dispute of any kind between you and MPAA arising under these Grant Submission Terms shall be resolved through binding arbitration pursuant to JAMS Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures. The arbitrator shall be a retired judge or justice of any state or federal court in the US and have substantial experience in the areas of non-profit and foundation grant law. The arbitrator shall follow New York substantive law in adjudicating the dispute, except that this Section 9 shall be construed as a “written agreement to arbitrate” pursuant to the United States Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”). The hearing shall be conducted in the city/county that encompasses the mailing address you have provided to MPAA. For any claim in which you seek US$10,000.00 or less, you shall have the choice as to whether the hearing is conducted in person, by telephone, or instead the arbitrator decides the dispute without a hearing. AGREEMENT TO THESE GRANT SUBMISSION TERMS CONSTITUTES AN AGREEMENT TO PURSUE YOUR CLAIM ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND A WAIVER OF THE ABILITY TO PURSUE YOUR CLAIM IN A CLASS ACTION.

b.  Non-US Residents: If any controversy, allegation, or claim arises out of or relates to these Grant Submission Terms, then you and we may send a written notice to the other providing a reasonable description of the Section 9 (b) Dispute, along with a proposed resolution of it. Our notice to you will be sent to you based on the most recent contact information that you provide us. But if no such information exists or if such information is not current, then we have no obligation under this Section 9 (b). Your notice to us must be sent to us at For a period of sixty (60) days from the date of receipt of notice from the other party, MPAA and you may engage in a dialogue in order to attempt to resolve the Section 9 (b) Dispute, though nothing will require either you or the MPAA to resolve the Section 9 (b) Dispute on terms either you or MPAA, in each of our sole discretion, are uncomfortable. Nothing in this Section will prevent a party from pursuing their claims in Court or another complaint process.


For additional information, contact MPAA Global Research Grant Program, 1600 Eye Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 293-1966 email, or