Funding opportunities: Russell Sage Foundation

October 13, 2020

RSF Programs and Initiatives Currently Accepting Letters of Inquiry for:

Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social, Political and Economic Inequality; Immigration and Immigrant Integration
Deadline: Nov. 11, 2020 at 2 PM EDT

The Russell Sage Foundation was established by Mrs. Margaret Olivia Sage in 1907 for “the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States.” The foundation now focuses exclusively on supporting social science research in its core program areas as a means of examining social issues and improving policies. Grants are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results. Budget requests are limited to a maximum of $175,000 (including overhead) per project (max. 2 years). A detailed letter of inquiry must precede a full proposal.

RSF is especially interested in considering LOIs focused on the above listed program areas, but we are also entertaining LOIs on the non-health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting recession, and/or research focused on systemic racial inequality and the recent mass protest movement in the US.

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RSF Pipeline Grants Competition
Deadline: Nov. 4, 2020 at 2 PM EDT

RSF has launched a new pipeline grants competition for early- and mid-career researchers in collaboration with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The competition seeks to promote diversity in the social sciences broadly, including racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity. Early and mid-career faculty who have not previously received support from RSF in the form of a Trustee or Presidential research grant or a visiting fellowship from RSF are eligible to apply.

Tenure track assistant professors can apply for grants of up to $30,000, and associate professors who have been in the rank for less than seven years can apply for grants of up to $50,000. Full professors, associate professors in that rank for more than seven years, and those who have previously received RSF funding are eligible to be co-PI’s but cannot receive funding. Grants can be used for investigator salary, course buyouts, research assistance, data access, data collection, conference travel, and other research costs on a case by case basis.

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