Robert M. Emerson and Susan M. McCoin, Co-Principal Investigators "The Pro Se Litigant: Self-Representation in Consequential Civil Cases." National Science Foundation, Law and Social Science Division, 1988-1991.
Robert M. Emerson, Principal Investigator "A Pilot Study of Support Group Participation by Alzheimer Family Caretakers." Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, 1989-1990.
Robert M. Emerson and Nancy S. Blum, Co-Principal Investigators "Caregiving Practices in Latino and White Families." National Institute on Aging, 1992-95.
Howard Gadlin, Carol Peterson, and Robert M. Emerson, Co-Principal Investigators "UCLA Multicultural Collaborative Proposal." Hewlett Foundation, 1996-98.
Robert M. Emerson, Principal Investigator “The Community Ethnography Project.” UCLinks, University of California Office of the President, 2001-04.
Robert M. Emerson and Jack Katz, Co-Principal Investigators Research Experience for Undergraduates Site: Summer Program in Ethnographic Research on LA at Play.” National Science Foundation SES-0244216, 2003-05, 2006-08.