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Grant Opportunities in the Social Sciences

This list of grant opportunities in the social sciences is to alert our CSI faculty affiliates of funding opportunities. Opportunities are sorted by Cornell, Federal Agencies ( and Foundations.

CSI affiliated faculty who have any questions about these opportunities or need assistance in applying should contact Mary Newhart, Assistant Director, or 607-255-2212.

Last updated 10/26/2017


Federal (



Academic Integration Initiative

Funding for Research Symposium between Cornell University Ithaca, Weill Cornell Medical and Cornell Tech RFP
Applications due November 15, 2017

Center for the Study of Inequality

CSI Faculty Research Grants Request for Proposals 2017 – Available Nov. 1; Deadline Feb. 1

Engaged Cornell

Engaged Curriculum Grants
Application is due on April 6, 2018
Funding teams that are integrating community engagement into new and existing curricula
$150,000 four-year maximum

Grants for Faculty Research on Engagement
Application is due on February 2, 2018
Supporting faculty who are investigating community-engaged learning and research and its specific impacts
$100,000 two-year maximum

Undergraduate Engaged Research Grants
Application is due on January 21, 2018
Expanding the number of students involved in established community-engaged research
$40,000 two-year maximum

Engaged Scholar Prize
Application is due on February 26, 2018
Given to a faculty member who inspires with innovative approaches to community-engaged learning and research
$30,000 prize to expand work

George D. Levy Faculty Award
Application due on March 31, 2017
Recognizing a faculty member whose community collaborations serve as models for outstanding community engagement in higher education

Federal (

Department of Defense (DOD)

United States Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
Broad Agency Announcement (2-6-2013 to 2-5-2018)
The funding opportunity is divided into two sections: (1) Basic Research and (2) Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development. The Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development Section is divided into four subsections: Training; Leader Development; Team and Inter-Organizational Performance in Complex Environments; and Soldier/Personnel Issues.

Health and Human Services (HHS)

AHRQ Conference Grant Programs (R13)
Application Due Dates: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 annually beginning, February 1, 2017
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces its interest in supporting conferences through the AHRQ Single Year and Multiple Year Conference Grant Programs (R13). AHRQ seeks to support conferences that help to further its mission to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable, and to work with HHS and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

Economic Studies of Immunization Policies and Practices
Estimated application due date: January 17, 2018
The purpose of this project is to obtain economic information about vaccines and immunization policies, programs, and practices using economic and decision analyses and other appropriate methods. The results of up to four economic studies will be used to help inform policy and the development of effective interventions. These studies will provide better understanding of the costs and benefits to relevant populations of health interventions related to vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as those diseases with potential vaccines in development.

Evaluation of Policies for the Primary Prevention of Multiple Forms of Violence
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – ERA
Estimated application due date: February 1, 2018
NCIPC is seeking research proposals focused on rigorously evaluating previously or currently implemented federal, state, local, tribal, or organizational policies for impacts on multiple forms of violence, including child abuse and neglect, youth violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and/or suicide. The proposed research should evaluate the impact of a selected policy on reducing rates of at least two of these violence outcomes. The proposed research must focus on a policy that has not yet been rigorously evaluated. Applicants are encouraged to assess the impact of the policy on as many violence outcomes as is feasible, as well as risk and protective factors that are common to multiple forms of violence. The proposed research will add to the limited evidence base regarding the impact of policies on preventing multiple forms of violence by rigorously evaluating federal, state, local, or organizational policy approaches.

Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males (R01)
Standard date of application: February 5. Expires 1/8/2020
This initiative seeks applications that propose to stimulate and expand research in the health of minority men. Specifically, this initiative is intended to: 1) enhance our understanding of the numerous factors (e.g., sociodemographic, community, societal, personal) influencing the health-promoting behaviors of racial and ethnic minority males across the life cycle, and 2) encourage applications focusing on the development and testing of culturally and linguistically appropriate health-promoting interventions designed to reduce health disparities among

Reducing Disparities in Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Living in Rural Areas
Estimated application due date: February 1, 2018
The purpose of this project is to: 1) obtain a better understanding of the factors contributing to vaccination disparities observed between adolescents living in rural areas compared to adolescents living in urban areas within the United States, and 2) implement and evaluate one or more interventions to improve vaccination coverage among adolescents living in rural areas.

Science of Organizations (SoO)
Full Proposal: February 2, 2018
Organizations — private and public, established and entrepreneurial, designed and emergent, formal and informal, profit and nonprofit — are critical to the well-being of nations and their citizens. They are of crucial importance for producing goods and services, creating value, providing jobs, and achieving social goals. The Science of Organizations (SoO) program funds basic research that yields a scientific evidence base for improving the design and emergence, development and deployment, and management and ultimate effectiveness of organizations of all kinds.

SoO funds research that advances our fundamental understanding of how organizations develop, form and operate. Successful SoO research proposals use scientific methods to develop and refine theories, to empirically test theories and frameworks, and to develop new measures and methods. Funded research is aimed at yielding generalizable insights that are of value to the business practitioner, policy-maker and research communities. SoO welcomes any and all rigorous, scientific approaches that illuminate aspects of organizations as systems of coordination, management and governance.  In considering whether a particular project might be a candidate for consideration by SoO, please note:

• Intellectual perspectives may involve (but are not limited to) organizational theory, behavior, sociology or economics, business policy and strategy, communication sciences, entrepreneurship, human resource management, information sciences, managerial and organizational cognition, operations management, public administration, social or industrial psychology, and technology and innovation management.
• Phenomena studied may include (but are not limited to) structures, routines, effectiveness, competitiveness, innovation, dynamics, change and evolution.
• Levels of analysis may include (but are not limited to) organizational, cross-organizational collaborations or relationships, and institutional and can address individuals, groups or teams.
• Research methods may be qualitative and quantitative and may include (but are not limited to) archival analyses, surveys, simulation studies, experiments, comparative case studies, and network analyses.

National Science Foundation

Cultural Anthropology – PD 98-1390
Full Proposal: January 16, 2018
The primary objective of the Cultural Anthropology Program is to support basic scientific research on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability. Anthropological research spans a wide gamut, and contemporary cultural anthropology is an arena in which diverse research traditions and methodologies are valid. Recognizing the breadth of the field’s contributions to science, the Cultural Anthropology Program welcomes proposals for empirically grounded, theoretically engaged, and methodologically sophisticated research in all sub-fields of cultural anthropology. Because the National Science Foundation’s mandate is to support basic research, the NSF Cultural Anthropology Program does not fund research that takes as its primary goal improved clinical practice or applied policy. Program research priorities include, but are not limited to, research that increases our understanding of:

• Socio-cultural drivers of critical anthropogenic processes such as deforestation, desertification, land cover change, urbanization, and poverty
• Resilience and robustness of socio-cultural systems
• Conflict, cooperation, and altruism
• Economy, culture, migration, and globalization
• Variability and change in kinship and family norms and practices
• Cultural and social contexts of health and disease
• Social regulation, governmentality, and violence
• Origins of complexity in socio-cultural systems
• Language and culture: orality and literacy, sociolinguistics, and cognition
• Human variation through empirically grounded ethnographic descriptions
• Mathematical and computational models of sociocultural systems such as social network analysis, agent-based models, and integration of agent-based models with geographic information systems (GIS)

Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier
Full Proposal Deadline: January 8, 2018
The purpose of the Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program is to fund exploratory and synergistic research in learning technologies to prepare learners to excel in work at the human-technology frontier. This program responds to the pressing societal need to educate and re-educate learners of all ages (students, teachers and workers) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content areas to ultimately function in highly technological environments, including in collaboration with intelligent systems. Innovative technologies can reshape learning processes, which in turn can influence new technology design. Learning technology research in this program should be informed by the convergence of multiple disciplines: education and learning sciences; computer and information science and engineering; and cognitive, behavioral and social sciences. This program funds learning technology research in STEM and other foundational areas that enable STEM learning.

Law & Social Sciences Program
Deadline: January 16, 2018
The Law & Social Sciences Program considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. The Program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior. Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas and with the participation of multiple actors. Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems including, though not limited to:

• Crime, Violence and Punishment
• Economic Issues
• Governance
• Legal Decision Making
• Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice
• Litigation and the Legal Profession

Perception, Action & Cognition (PAC) – PD 09-7252
Full Proposal Window: January 15, 2018 – February 1, 2018
The PAC program funds theoretically motivated research on a wide range of topic areas focused on typical human behavior. The aim is to enhance the fundamental understanding of perceptual, motor, and cognitive processes and their interactions. Central research topics for consideration by the program include (but are not limited to) vision, audition, haptics, attention, memory, reasoning, written and spoken language, motor control, categorization, and spatial cognition. Of particular interest are emerging areas, such as the interaction of sleep or emotion with cognitive or perceptual processes and the epigenetics of cognition. The program welcomes a wide range of perspectives, such as individual differences, symbolic computation, connectionism, ecological, genetics and epigenetics, nonlinear dynamics and complex systems, and a variety of methodologies including both experimental studies and modeling. The PAC program is open to co-review of proposals submitted to other programs both within the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate and across other directorates.

Science of Organizations (SoO) – PD 11-8031
Full Proposal Target Date: February 2, 2018
Organizations — private and public, established and entrepreneurial, designed and emergent, formal and informal, profit and nonprofit — are critical to the well-being of nations and their citizens. They are of crucial importance for producing goods and services, creating value, providing jobs, and achieving social goals. The Science of Organizations (SoO) program funds basic research that yields a scientific evidence base for improving the design and emergence, development and deployment, and management and ultimate effectiveness of organizations of all kinds.
SoO funds research that advances our fundamental understanding of how organizations develop, form, and operate. Successful SoO research proposals use scientific methods to develop and refine theories, to empirically test theories and frameworks, and to develop new measures and methods. Funded research is aimed at yielding generalizable insights that are of value to the business practitioner, policy-maker, and research communities.

Sociology – PD 98-1331
Full Proposal Target Date: January 16, 2018
The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization — societies, institutions, groups and demography — and processes of individual and institutional change. The Program encourages theoretically-focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender roles, and the sociology of science and technology. The Program supports both original data collections and secondary data analysis that use the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological tools. Theoretically-grounded projects that offer methodological innovations and improvements for data collection and analysis are also welcomed.


American Psychological Foundation

Various deadlines depending on grant

American Sociological Society

Two Deadlines: June 15th & December 15th
The American Sociological Association (ASA) invites submissions for the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) awards. Supported by the ASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the goal of this program is to nurture the development of scientific knowledge by funding small, groundbreaking research initiatives and other important scientific research activities such as conferences. FAD awards provide scholars with “seed money” for innovative research that has the potential for challenging the discipline, stimulating new lines of research, and creating new networks of scientific collaboration. The award is intended to provide opportunities for substantive and methodological breakthroughs, broaden the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and provide leverage for acquisition of additional research funds.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Global Grand Challenges

Healthy Minds for Adolescent Mothers: Achieving Healthy Outcomes for the Family (Round 20)
Deadline: November 8, 2017
In partnership with Grand Challenges Canada, we seek bold ideas to meet the mental health needs of the poorest and most vulnerable adolescent and young mothers. We are specifically seeking innovative approaches that leverage technology, social groups, and social media to develop the skills and protective factors necessary to successfully navigate life, transition to motherhood, and early detection and treatment of mental health disorders. These approaches will necessarily need to break down stigma and limit damaging gender norms. All approaches should engage end users and stakeholders from the outset, optimizing the intervention design for scale and sustainability. Funding for seed and transition-to-scale projects will be considered. Applicants should specify which type of project they are proposing.

Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (GLMA)

Application Deadline: November 1, 2017

• Understanding social, family, and interpersonal influences as sources of stress or support
• Eliminating inequalities in health care, including barriers to care, and improving quality of care and utilization rates
• Development and testing of interventions to address mental and physical health needs of lesbians and other SMW, including but not limited to depression, identity-related issues, eating disorders, substance abuse, obesity, cancer risks, cardiovascular disease, and sexually transmitted infections
• Sexual and reproductive health, including family & parenting issues

Lumina Foundation

With its partners, Lumina strives to meet workforce demands and close gaps in attainment for groups not historically well-served by higher education. Current funding is directed to advance the following strategies:

• Mobilize Employers, Metro Areas, and Regions to Increase Attainment
• Mobilize Higher Education to Increase Student Success
• Advance State Policy for Increased Attainment
• Advance Federal Policy for Increased Attainment
• Create New Models of Student Financial Support
• Design New Higher Education Business and Finance Models
• Create New Systems of Quality Credentials

Rockefeller – Democratic Practice – Global Governance

2017 Revised Guidelines
Goal: Advance Democratic Practices to Address Global Challenges
Rolling acceptance

Russell Sage – Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunity: Behavioral Economics
Letter of inquiry deadline: November 30, 2017
The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Behavioral Economics supports innovative research that uses behavioral insights from psychology and other social sciences to examine and improve social and living conditions in the United States. We seek investigator-initiated research proposals that will broaden our understanding of the social, economic and political consequences of real-life behaviors and decisions that deviate from the neoclassical economic standards of rationality. RSF is especially interested in behavioral economics research that contributes to our understanding of topics of interest under its other programs—Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social Inequality.

Funding Opportunity: Social Inequality
Letter of inquiry deadline: November 30, 2017
The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Social Inequality supports innovative research on whether rising economic inequality has affected social, political, and economic institutions, and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage. We seek investigator-initiated research projects that will broaden our understanding of the causes and consequences of rising economic inequalities in the United States.

Funding is available for secondary analysis of data or for original data collection. We are especially interested in novel uses of existing data, as well as analyses of new or under-utilized data.

Proposals to conduct laboratory or field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged. Smaller projects might consist of exploratory fieldwork, a pilot study, or the analysis of existing data.

Awards are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results. Applications should limit budget requests to no more than a two-year period, with a maximum of $150,000 (including overhead) per project. Presidential Awards, with a maximum budget of $35,000 (no overhead allowed) are also available. Our website lists upcoming deadlines and provides detailed information about submitting letters of inquiry, proposals and budgets.

Funding Opportunity: Future of Work
Letter of inquiry deadline –November 30, 2017
The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on the Future of Work supports innovative research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for less- and moderately-skilled workers and their families. We seek investigator-initiated research proposals that will broaden our understanding of the role of changes in employer practices, the nature of the labor market, and public policies on the employment, earnings, and the quality of jobs of workers. We are especially interested in proposals that address important questions about the interplay of market and non-market forces in shaping the well-being of workers, today and in the future.

Funding Opportunity: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
Currently accepting letters of inquiry.
The Foundation’s newest program on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration replaces two previous programs: Immigration and Cultural Contact. The new program encourages multi-disciplinary perspectives on questions stemming from the significant changes in the racial, ethnic, and immigrant-origin composition of the U.S. population.

Call for Proposals: Non-Standard Employment
Letter of inquiry: November 30, 2017
Invited proposals: March 5, 2018
The Russell Sage Foundation/Kellogg Foundation’s Initiative on Non-Standard Employment seeks to support innovative social science research on the causes and consequences of the increased incidence of alternative work arrangements in the United States. We define alternative work arrangements as temporary help agency workers, on-call workers, contract workers, and independent contractors or freelancers. We use the terms non-standard employment and alternative work arrangements interchangeably. This initiative falls under RSF’s Future of Work Program and represents a special area of interest within the core program, which continues to encourage proposals on a broader range of labor market issues.
We are especially interested in novel uses of new or under-utilized data and the development of new methods for analyzing these data. Potential sources of data include the 2015 Survey of Enterprising and Informal Work Activities (EIWA) of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the 2017 Contingent Worker Supplement (CWS) of the Current Population Survey. Proposals to conduct field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged. Smaller projects might consist of exploratory fieldwork, a pilot study, or the analysis of existing data. RSF encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration. The foundation will consider proposals for cross-national research that has clear implications for the U.S. labor market.

Spencer – Small Research Grants Program

The Small Research Grants program is intended to support education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. In keeping with the Spencer Foundation’s mission, this program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived.
Historically, the work we have funded through these grants has spanned a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and they employ a wide range of research methods. The following examples of recently-funded small grants illustrate the diversity of what we support:

• an experimental study of how college students use visual representations in solving math problems
• a study exploring the process of racial and rural identity formation among African American high-school students who attend de facto segregated schools in the rural South
• a mixed-methods study focusing on the different types of knowledge novice and experienced teachers draw on in teaching for reading comprehension

Washington Center for Equitable Growth

One grant cycle per year, no unsolicited proposals – 2018 Request will be announced in the fall. Can email about the project or its relevance.
The Washington Center for Equitable Growth’s central mission is to deepen our understanding of whether and how inequality affects economic growth and stability. Our academic grants program is building a portfolio of cutting-edge research investigating the various channels through which economic inequality may (or may not) impact economic growth and stability, both directly and indirectly. We consider proposals on the consequences of economic inequality across wages, benefits, incomes, wealth, and job quality as well as group dimensions of inequality including gender, race, and ethnicity. We also consider proposals on the causes of inequality to the extent that understanding these causal pathways will help academics and policymakers identify and understand key channels through which economic inequality may affect growth and stability.

Werner-Gren Foundation

The Foundation has a variety of grant programs for anthropological research and scholarship.

William T. Grant Foundation – Research Grants

Two focus areas:

• programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and
• strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.

Research grants about reducing inequality typically range between $100,000 and $600,000 and cover two to three years of support. Research grants about improving the use of research initiative will range between $100,000 and $1,000,000 and cover two to four years of support. This shift to a million dollar ceiling reflects our renewed commitment to this focus area and our interest in funding bold, large-scale studies to significantly advance the field. Projects involving secondary data analysis are at the lower end of the budget range, whereas projects involving new data collection and sample recruitment can be at the higher end. Proposals to launch experiments in which settings (e.g., classrooms, schools, youth programs) are randomly assigned to conditions sometimes have higher awards.

For smaller projects, we have a separate funding mechanism: Officers’ Research grants. These awards cover budgets up to $50,000. Some are stand-alone projects that fit our research focus areas; others build off of larger projects. Junior scholars of color are encouraged to apply for these grants as a way to build their research programs.


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