Details of previous recipients of RWA research grants (including Eric) and the projects they worked on, are available at the RWA website.
And this means that the competition for the next RWA research grant is now open (closing date 1 December 2008):
The objectives of the program are:More details can be found here.
1. To support theoretical and substantive academic research about genre romance texts and literacy practices.
2. To encourage a well-informed public discourse about genre romance texts and literacy practices.
The RWA Research Grant Program is open to faculty at accredited colleges and universities, independent scholars with significant publication records, and dissertation candidates who have completed all course work and qualifying exams. No candidate need be a member of the RWA.
Edited to add: Eric heard from the RWA that, in a departure from the conditions that applied in previous years, "the 2009-2010 RWA Research Grant is not restricted to American scholars; however, the maximum total funds granted will be 5,000 U.S. dollars."
The painting, "Lais Corinthiaca" is by Hans Holbein the Younger, and this photo is from Wikimedia Commons.