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The Center for Working Well will aim to be at the cutting edge of research when it comes to “working well.” This means ensuring that employees are able to thrive at work and at home by maintaining their well-being (i.e., reducing emotional exhaustion, burnout, and anxiety) and building positive social relationships at work.

We also want to understand how the changing nature of work (e.g., remote and hybrid work, digital nomadism) and issues at the work-nonwork interface (e.g., complex caregiving demands, and the impact of health issues on the workplace) affect well-being. To that end, faculty associates within the Daniels School and across Purdue will have the opportunity to apply for an annual small grant program to fund research related to the mission of the center.

Call for Proposals – Fall 2023

The Center for Working Well (CWW) is committed to supporting research that will aid in our central mission: to develop a robust understand of what “working well” means to employees and organizations—here, encompassing challenges with promoting personal well-being (e.g., reducing workforce burnout, promoting thriving), creating sustainable performance, adopting to grand challenges in modern organizations (e.g., societal issues; hybridization and automation of work), and cultivating positive and inclusion relationships at work and at home broadly defined. In service of this mission, there will be three (3) annual Center for Working Well Research Awards at a maximum of $5,000 each. Those who receive these Research Awards will be asked to conduct their research within one (1) year of receiving the award. They will also be asked to partake in the CWW Organizational Consortium, slated for each fall, where organizations and community members will attend a luncheon to hear about our new research.

The call for the 2023-2024 Research Awards is now open. Proposals should be submitted to Sarah Hetherington ( by Friday, December 15 at 5:00PM. Awards will be decided on by the Faculty Director (Allie Gabriel; for this initial awards cycle. Preference will be given to proposals involving student collaborators and/or interdisciplinary collaborations across Purdue University.

Guidelines for the proposals are:

  1. Applications should not exceed two (2) single-spaced pages, exclusive of citations and tables and/or figures. Proposals should state an explicit research question(s) and associated methodology, and cite literature relevant to the CWW’s mission. Although we have listed example topics above, we are open to additional areas where connections can be made to employees’ well-being at work and home. If you are unsure if your topic “fits” the CWW’s aims, please email Allie and she will be happy to clarify and assist.
  2. Applications should include a title page with author names, departmental affiliations, and titles at Purdue. Students must have at least one (1) faculty member on their author team.
  3. Applications should clearly specify how the funding and successful completion of the project will advance the CWW’s goals and objective .
  4. Applications should detail, by category, estimates of how the funds will be used and within what time frame. Awards may not be used as a salary or compensation supplement for the awardee, nor can it be used for conference expenses. All expenses must be documented for tracking through the center at the conclusion of the award period.

Important dates for consideration:

  1. December 15, 2023: Applications due to Sarah (
  2. January 19, 2024: Award decisions are announced to applicants; funds are transferred to the lead researcher on the application within the month.
  3. September 1, 2024: A 1 page progress report is sent to Sarah ( and Allie ( detailing the stage of the research, and initial findings and/or insights that will be presented at the Fall Consortium.
  4. October-December 2024: Fall Consortium is held; date is still pending at this time.
  5. January 19, 2025: Final reports detailing spending of funds and results are submitted.

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