The College of Business is providing funding for dissertation proposals that address issues of sustainability.

Endorsed by Responsible Research in Business & Management (RRBM) and consistent with RRBM’s vision, the College of Business at Colorado State University is providing funding for dissertation proposals addressing business sustainability. We seek proposals from students across all business disciplines. The authors of the three proposals judged to have the greatest potential for enhancing societal well-being will each receive $6000. In addition, the winners along with leading scholars whose research is aimed at creating a better world, will be invited to participate in a virtual research workshop during which the winners will present their research.

RRBM Dissertation Proposal Competition (PDF)


To be eligible, proposals must focus on one or more environmental and/or social outcomes of business. Applicable areas of inquiry (stated in broad terms) include, but are not limited to:

  • Natural capital
  • Circular economic systems
  • Greenhouse gasses
  • Conservation
  • Resource extraction
  • Pollution
  • Transparency
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Health and safety
  • Poverty and security
  • Diversity and inclusion

Also, eligibility is limited to those who are pursuing a doctorate in a business discipline and whose dissertation research at the time of submission to this competition is less than 50% complete.

File Submission

Dissertation proposal summaries should be submitted via separate pdf files: 

  1. Title page 
  2. Abstract 
  3. Main proposal with references, tables, figures, and appendices – 12-point font, double-spaced, left-justified, 1-inch margins, numbered pages (limited to 20 pages total excluding the title page and abstract).
  4. An introductory letter from the student’s advisor confirming that the proposed dissertation research is no more than 50% complete. 


Proposals must be submitted via by May 31, 2021 (11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time). 


The review process will be managed by an interdisciplinary team of business faculty at Colorado State University’s College of Business. Proposals will be reviewed via a double-blind process by experienced scholars. 

Funding decisions will be announced by July 9, 2021. Winners will present their proposals during a virtual workshop on Friday, September 17, 2021


Please contact competition co-chairs Samantha Conroy and Kelly Martin.