NBER-affiliated researchers may conduct grant-funded research under grants administered by the NBER. The NBER also periodically undertakes larger projects that fund a number of connected research projects by different groups of investigators. Recent examples include Transportation Economics in the 21st Century, Gender in the Economy, and Energy Use in Transportation. NBER will issue an open Call for Proposals for initiatives; research findings from projects under these initiatives are often presented at capstone conferences.
The NBER hosts more than 120 research meetings in a typical year, many of which – including the roughly 50 meetings that comprise the Summer Institute – post open calls for papers. All economists, not just NBER affiliates, are invited to respond to these calls. These calls may be found on the Call for Papers page.
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In partnership with the Review of Economics and Statistics, the NBER sponsors a fellowship program for faculty members at historically Black colleges and universities to participate in the Summer Institute. The NBER is committed to providing a welcoming environment for the exchange of ideas at all of its research meetings. The Conference Code of Conduct underscores the institutional commitment to the fair treatment of all participants in a setting that is free of any kind of harassment or discrimination. The NBER welcomes further opportunities to enhance the diversity of the economics profession.