Timely Social Science Research on COVID-19 – May 21

Posted by Russell Sage Foundation on April 21, 2020

Russell Sage Foundation Invites LOIs for Timely Social Science Research

One of the oldest American foundations, 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.” In pursuit of this mission, the foundation now dedicates itself to strengthening the methods, data, knowledge, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies.

Due to the effects of COVID-19 on all facets of American life, the foundation is changing its immediate priorities for Letters of Inquiry for its upcoming deadline. Under the new priority, the foundation will only consider LOIs that satisfy the following criteria: research so timely and time-sensitive that the project must start before April 1, 2021; or research that analyzes social, political, economic, or psychological disruptions resulting from the coronavirus crisis affecting social and living conditions in the United States.

All LOIs must focus on issues related to the foundation’s core program areas and special initiatives, which include:

Behavioral Economics — Research that uses insights and methods from psychology, economics, sociology, political science, and other social sciences to examine and improve social and living conditions.

Decision-Making and Human Behavior in Context — Research on decision making across the social sciences that examines causes, consequences, processes, or context from a behavioral or alternative perspective.

Future of Work — Projects that examine a wide range of causal factors that may have depressed wages of low-education workers, from foreign outsourcing and immigration to the decline of unions and technological change.

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration — Research investigating multidisciplinary perspectives on questions stemming from the significant changes in the racial, ethnic, and immigrant-origin composition of the U.S. population.

Social, Political, and Economic Inequality — Research examining the factors that contribute to existing inequities; the extent to which these inequalities affect social, political, and economic institutions and outcomes; and how they influence the lives of individuals and families, including equality of access and opportunity, social mobility, and civic mobilization and representation, as well as how advantage and disadvantage are transmitted within and across generations.

Letters of Inquiry are due May 21. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by August 17, 2020.

For complete program guidelines, application instructions, information about previous grant recipients, and an FAQ, see the Russell Sage Foundation website.

Deadline: May 21, 2020 (Letters of Inquiry)

Learn more and apply here: https://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply

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