Russell Sage Foundation Research Funding Available

The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) has long supported social science research with the aim of improving social and living conditions in the United States.  In response to the crises of 2020, the foundation is dedicating its next funding cycle exclusively to research that seeks to improve our understanding of these extraordinary times. The severe consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, including its economic disruptions, and the recent mass protests to combat systemic racial inequality in policing and other institutions have reaffirmed the importance of social science research examining economic, political, racial, ethnic, generational, and social inequalities relevant to public policy and social change.

For its November 11, 2020 deadline, RSF will return to accepting letters of inquiry under the following core programs and special initiatives: Future of WorkImmigration and Immigrant IntegrationRace, Ethnicity and ImmigrationSocial, Political and Economic Inequality. RSF will continue to accept letters of inquiry relevant to any of RSF’s core programs that address at least one of the following issues:

  1. Research on the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting recession in the U.S. Specifically, research that assesses the social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences of the pandemic, especially its effects on marginalized individuals and groups and on trust in government and other institutions. Our priorities do not include analyses of health outcomes or health behavior.
  2. Research focused on systemic racial inequality and/or the recent mass protests in the U.S. Specifically, research that investigates the prevalence of racial disparities in policing and criminal justice and their social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences; the effects of the current social protest movement and mass mobilization against systemic discrimination; the nature of public attitudes and public policies regarding policing, criminal justice, and social welfare; and the effects of those attitudes in the current political environment..

All LOIs should include sufficient information about the proposed data and research design in order to be considered for support. Successful proposals from this round can have a start date on or after July 1, 2021. If you are unsure about the foundation’s expectations in this regard, we strongly recommend that investigators review the grant writing guidelines on our website, where you can also view an instructional webinar. Those applying for funding from RSF should also consider participating in our next scheduled grant writing webinar led by our program staff.

Regular research grants (11/11 deadline).

Trustee Grants are generally capped at $175,000, including 15% indirect costs. Presidential Grants are capped at $35,000 (no indirect costs). 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. Budget amounts are over a two-year period.

Contact: Kristina Markel, markel.8@osu.edu, Ohio State Foundations Relations Office for assistance with this opportunity.

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