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Social, Political and Economic Inequality (SPEI)

Grants to USA Scholars for Research Related to Inequality in
the Context of the Coronavirus and Social Justice Concerns

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Russell Sage Foundation (RSF)

LOI Date:

07/28/21

Deadline Date:

11/17/21 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT

Description:

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Grants to USA scholars for research that addresses multiple factors contributing to inequality. Applicants must submit a letter of interest prior to applying. Proposals addressing the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be prioritized. Funding is intended for innovative research on the factors that contribute to social, political and economic inequalities in the USA, and the extent to which those inequalities affect social, psychological, political, and economic outcomes, including educational access, job opportunities, social mobility, civic participation and representation, and the transmission of advantage and disadvantage within and across generations.

The Russell Sage Foundation will give high priority over the next several years to rigorous social science research that investigates the immediate and long-term social, political, economic, and psychological consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. We are particularly interested in research on the effects of the crisis on vulnerable populations and how they were shaped by both the increased inequalities of the last several decades and the differential effects of federal, state, and local policies implemented in response to the pandemic. We are also interested in how the resulting circumstances and outcomes might influence governments to better anticipate and respond to future crises.

The Foundation seeks innovative investigator-initiated research that will expand the understanding of social, political, and economic inequalities and the mechanisms by which they influence the lives of individuals and families. RSF welcomes projects that explore the relevance of economic, racial, ethnic, age, gender, immigration, residence, or other statuses for the distribution of social, political and economic outcomes within and across these groups.

The Foundation is most interested in social and economic outcomes as the primary indicator of well-being. Topics of Interest include:

  • Economic Well-Being, Equality of Opportunity, and Intergenerational Mobility
  • Political Institutions and the Policy Process
  • Psychological and/or Cultural Change
  • Educational Attainment
  • Work, Labor Markets, and Occupations
  • Children and Families
  • Neighborhoods and Communities
  • Criminal Justice and the Legal System

Examples of the kinds of questions that are of interest can be found on the URL for Full Text link, below.

RSF is particularly interested in analyses that make use of newly available data or demonstrate novel uses of existing data. We also support original data collection when a project is focused on important program priorities. Proposals to conduct field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged.

RSF encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration. Proposed projects must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Analytical models must be well-specified and research questions and hypotheses must be clearly stated.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175588

Estimated Size of Grant:

Trustee Grants are generally capped at $175,000, including 15% indirect costs.
Presidential Awards 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.

Term of Contract:

Two years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants (both PIs and Co-PIs) must have a doctorate. 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 Foundation's mission.

RSF does not provide funds for any of the following expenses:
- Rent or other payments for office space.
- Sabbaticals or fellowships at other institutions, even if the PI will be working on an RSF project.
- 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 (meetings among PIs/collaborators) 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: July 28, 2021
- Invited Proposal Deadline: November 17, 2021
- Funding Decision: March 2022
- Grant Start Date: On/After April 1, 2022

A brief letter of inquiry (LOI; 4 pages max. excluding references) must precede a full proposal to determine whether the proposed project is in line with the Foundation's program priorities and available funds.

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

COVID-19 Priorities: https://www.russellsage.org/research/funding/covid-19-pandemic

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

Eligibility Requirements: https://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/apply-project-grants/guidelines

Budget Information: http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/apply-project-awards/budget

Contact Information:

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

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

Questions should be addressed to James Wilson, Program Director, at programs@rsage.org.

Russell Sage Foundation
112 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

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