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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 1/17/2018


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Center for the Study of Inequality

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

Cornell Population Center

Grant Development Program
Annual program open to CPC faculty affiliates
Supports the development and submission of grant proposals to NIH

Rapid Response Grants
Less than $2000; rolling basis throughout year

David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

Rapid Response Fund
Rolling – Contact a faculty director

Faculty Fellowship for Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts
Applications due January 22, 2018

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

Institute for Social Sciences

ISS’ Small Grants Programs Supporting Research and Conferences
Application due February 6, 2018
Provide up to $12,000 for social science research projects and $5,000 for conferences.

President’s Council of Cornell Women

Affinito-Stewart Grants 2018
Friday, January 26, 2018
Advances Cornell junior women faculty and the long-term retention of women faculty by awarding seed funding for research and other academic projects critical to the tenure process.

University Library

Phil Zwickler Memorial Research Grants
Applications due annual by March 31
Offers select scholars financial assistance for expenses incurred when they come to conduct research on sexuality with sources in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC)

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

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 & September 4, 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.


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

Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (GLMA)

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

Institute for New Economic Thinking

Rolling basis; awards grants ranging in value from $25,000-$250,000 for projects of one to three years’ duration
Focus their efforts on supporting new economic thinking, in all the forms it may take. We are less interested in pure policy applications, institution building, and general program support.

Rockefeller – Democratic Practice – Global Governance

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

Russell Sage – Funding Opportunities

Behavioral Economics
Deadlines: Letter of Inquiries – May 24, 2018 & August 20, 2018
Up to $150,000
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 programsFuture of Work; Race, Ethnicity and Immigration; Social Inequality.

Computational Social Science
Deadline May 24, 2018
Up to $150,000
The Russell Sage Foundation’s initiative on Computational Social Science (CSS) supports innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in its core programs in Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social Inequality. Limited consideration will be given to questions that pertain to core methodologies, such as causal inference and innovations in data collection

Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge (BioSS)
Deadlines: Letter of Inquiry: May 24, 2018 & August 20, 2018
Up to $150,000
The initiative will support innovative social science research on social and economic outcomes that improves our understanding of the interactive mechanisms by which environmental influences affect biological mechanisms, and vice versa. This includes research that: (1) estimates how the structured nature of the social environment and intra- and intergenerational social inequalities affect biological processes, (2) identifies which indicators of biological processes interact with the social environment to affect different life domains and how, and (3) yields new conceptual frameworks that holistically characterize the complex relationships among biological, psychological and environmental factors to predict a range of behavioral and social outcomes. We are primarily interested in research that explores and improves our understanding of social and economic predictors and outcomes.

Social Inequality
Deadlines: Letter of Inquiries – August 20, 2018
Up to $150,000
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.

Sociological Initiatives Foundation

Deadlines: Short concept proposals due August 15th annually
Grants range from $10,000 to $20,000
The Sociological Initiatives Foundation supports social change by linking research to social action. It funds research projects that investigate laws, policies, institutions, regulations, and normative practices that may limit equality in the United States. It gives priority to projects that seek to address racism, xenophobia, classism, gender bias, exploitation, or the violation of human rights and freedoms. It also supports research that furthers language learning and behavior and its intersection with social and policy questions. We look for projects that have an explicit research design and a concrete connection to public or community impact. It is not enough to just write a report or add a focus group to a social change project. The research should ideally build an organization or constituency’s potential to expand public knowledge, impact policy, and create social change.

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

Letters of inquiry for Academic Grants are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 31, 2018.
Academic grants are typically in the $25,000 to $100,000 range over 1 to 3 years.

Through our annual competitive grant program, we support cutting-edge research investigating whether and how inequality affects economic growth and stability. Our core areas of interest are:

•Macroeconomics, particularly the relationship between inequality, investment, and productivity; between inequality and consumer demand; the effects of the tax system; and the effects of fiscal and monetary policy.
•Human capital and the labor market, particularly economic opportunity and mobility; the effects of inequality on the labor market; and family formation and stability.
•Institutions, particularly those mediating labor and well-being, and those mediating market structure and the distribution of economic resources and power.
•Innovation, particularly whether inequality affects who innovates or who benefits from innovation.

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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