Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy -- 2005 Awards Program

The Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy at George Washington University has announced a program to fund empirical pilot studies to measure the use and effects of the Supreme Court’s Daubert decision and subsequent rulings. The project will fund up to four pilot studies at an average of $25,000 each. If pilot studies are successful, project staff and advisors will support investigators in seeking additional funding for more comprehensive research. The program invites initial letters of intent by Friday, July 15, 2005. To avoid futility in proposal-writing, the program intends to invite full but relatively short proposals only from investigators whose proposed work is thought to have strong prospects for an award. Awards will be made no later than Friday, December 2, 2005.

To obtain a copy of the Request for Proposals, go to:

For questions, contact Molly Jacobs at
Fed. R. Evid. 702: If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise, if (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.