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Russel Sage Foundation: Social, Political and Economic Inequality

Deadline: November 26, 2019

The Social, Political, and Economic Inequality program supports innovative research on the myriad factors that contribute to inequality in the U.S., and the extent to which social, political, and economic inequalities affect social, psychological, political, and economic outcomes, including equality of access and opportunity, social mobility, civic mobilization and representation, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage and disadvantage. The Foundation seeks investigator-initiated research that will contribute to the understanding of social, political, and economic inequalities and the mechanisms by which they influence the lives of individuals and families in the U.S. The Foundation encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration.

Examples of the kinds of questions that are of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Economic well-being, equality of opportunity, and intergenerational mobility
  • Political institutions and the policy process
  • Psychological and/or cultural changes
  • Education
  • Labor markets and occupations
  • Child development and child outcomes
  • Neighborhoods and communities
  • Families, family structure, and family formation
  • Other forms of inequality

Funding is available for secondary analysis of data or for original data collection. The Foundation is 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.

Amount: Grants are generally capped at $175,000, including 15% indirect costs. Presidential Grants are capped at $35,000 (no indirect costs). Applicants 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.

Eligibility: All applicants (both Principal Investigators [PIs] and co-PIs) must have a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree, or a strong career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. The Foundation particularly encourages early career scholars to apply for Presidential Awards.

Link: http://www.russellsage.org/research/funding/social-inequality

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