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Grants to USA Researchers for Computational
Research on Economic Social Sciences Issues

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Russell Sage Foundation (RSF)

LOI Date:

08/19/19

Deadline Date:

11/21/19 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT

Description:

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Grants to USA researchers to support social sciences research addressing behavioral economics, social inequality, the future of the workforce, immigration, race, and ethnicity. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. This program supports the use of new data and analysis methods to examine questions within these key areas.

Social science research on many topics has often been hampered by the limitations of survey data. However, the digital age has rapidly increased access to large and comprehensive data sources such as public and private administrative databases, and unique new sources of information from online transactions, social-media interactions, and internet searches. New computational tools also allow for the extraction, coding, and analysis of large volumes of text. Advances in analytical methods for exploiting and analyzing data have accompanied the rise of these data. The emergence of these new data also raises questions about access, privacy and confidentiality.

Some inquiries may also be considered by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for joint funding, especially projects with larger scale potential that relate to behavioral economics, the economics of science and technology, regulation and industrial organization, as well as privacy, empirical methodologies, economic measurement, or administrative data curation generally.   

Applicants should specify how the proposed project informs and advances RSF’s computational social science research priorities in its core program areas: Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social Inequality. RSF values reproducibility and open science, and where applicable, investigators should explain their data release plan (data, code, codebooks) or any prohibitions on providing such materials.

Examples of research (some recently funded by RSF) that are of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:
- Small Grants Competitions with Big Data
- Linked Administrative Data
- Algorithms and Automated Decision-Making
- Private Administrative Data
- Machine-Learning
- Online Surveys and Experiments
- Text Analysis
- Social Media

Projects that use newly-available data or make new linkages across data sources have a higher priority than projects that analyze only public use data from widely available data sets.

Examples of the kinds of questions that are of interest can be found on the Foundation’s website at the URL for Full Text below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183561

Estimated Size of Grant:

Trustee Grants are generally capped at $175,000, including 15% indirect costs. Projects that use publicly available data are capped at $75,000, including indirect costs. Presidential Grants are capped at $35,000 (no indirect costs). In some circumstances, PIs may request up to $50,000 (no indirect costs) when the proposed research project has special needs for gathering data (e.g.: qualitative research) or gaining access to restricted-use data.

Term of Contract:

Projects are limited to no more than two years; RSF may consider longer projects in exceptional circumstances.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants (both PIs and Co-PIs) must have a Ph.D. In rare circumstances, RSF may consider applications from scholars who do not hold a doctorate but can demonstrate a strong career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. Students may not be applicants.

RSF particularly encourages early career scholars to apply for Presidential grants. All nationalities are eligible to apply and applicants do not have to reside in the U.S., but the focus of the proposed research project must be on the U.S. as per the mission of the organization.

Limited consideration will be given to questions that pertain to core methodologies, such as causal inference and innovations in data collection.

Not Funded:
- Items or equipment such as computers or software; RSF will consider equipment requests on a case-by-case basis. In no case can more than $5,000 be spent on equipment.
- RSF does not cover rent or other payments for office space.
- Sabbaticals or fellowships at other institutions, even if the PI will be working on an RSF project.
- Release time (course buy-outs) from teaching during the academic year.
- Pre-doctoral or doctoral research (including dissertation research) unless through a small grants competition or a targeted competition.
- Tuition remission for graduate or undergraduate students.
- Personnel or other costs related to editing or communications or dissemination or publication, including journal publication fees.
- Travel for collaboration purposes or dissemination/presentation of findings (conference travel).
- The development of the data collection instrument and sample design as part of the proposed project.
- Generic costs, such as copying, printing, mailing, phone calls, office supplies, information/computer services, etc., as these are typically considered to be a part of indirect costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Letter of Inquiry Deadline: August 19, 2019 at 2 pm Eastern Time/11 am Pacific Time
- Invited Proposal Deadline: November 21, 2019
- Funding Decision: March 2020

Applications for research grants must be preceded by a brief letter of inquiry to determine whether present interests and funds permit consideration of a proposal.

RSF aims to send out LOI decisions no later than 1 month before the corresponding proposal deadline.

The Foundation cannot guarantee a response to any questions submitted within 10 days of a deadline.

Upcoming Deadlines:
http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/application-deadlines#project

Eligibility Information and Application Requirements:
http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/apply-project-grants/guidelines

Application Requirements:
http://www.russellsage.org/application-requirements

FAQ:
http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/apply-project-awards/faq

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an LOI: https://rsf.fluxx.io/user_sessions/new

General inquiries about the foundation's project grants and programs may be directed to the foundation's main line at (212) 750-6000 or programs@rsage.org.

Nora Mitnick, Senior Grants Manager
Russell Sage Foundation
112 E. 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

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