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Behavioral Economics (BE)

Grants to USA Scholars for Economics Research in
the Context of COVID-19 and Social Justice Issues

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Russell Sage Foundation (RSF)

LOI Date:

05/04/21

Deadline Date:

08/11/21 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT

Description:

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Grants to USA scholars for economic research related to psychology, political science, sociology, and other social sciences. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Research addressing the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be prioritized. Research should use insights and methods from the disciplines mentioned above to examine and improve social and living conditions in the United States.

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. It is 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. It is also interested in how the resulting circumstances and outcomes might influence governments to better anticipate and respond to future crises.

Priority will be given to field experiments, as opposed to lab experiments. Projects that can contribute to a more unified theory of human behavior to eventually eliminate the distinction between behavioral economics and the rest of economics are also of interest.

The following examples illustrate but do not exhaust, the topics and types of research the foundation would be interested in supporting:

  • Choice Architecture
  • Time Preference
  • Poverty, Inequality, and Mobility
  • Labor Markets
  • Racial and Ethnic Bias
  • Public Finance

For additional information about these topics, see the URL for Full Text, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174369

Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Term of Contract:

Projects are limited to no more than two years; RSF may consider longer projects in exceptional circumstances.

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.
- Pre-doctoral or doctoral research (including dissertation research) 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: May 21, 2021
- Invited Proposal Deadline: August 11, 2021
- Funding Decision: November 2021
- Grant Start Date: On/After Dec. 1, 2021

If you still have clarifying questions regarding the submission of letters of inquiry (LOI) or proposals after consulting the website, please email staff. Due to the large amount of applications received, the Foundation is unable to read or provide feedback on draft LOIs. The Foundation cannot guarantee a response to any questions submitted within 10 days of a deadline.

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

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

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

Eligibility Requirements: http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/apply-project-awards/guidelines

Budget Information: https://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/apply-project-grants/budget

Contact Information:

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

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

Russell Sage Foundation
112 East 64th Street
New York
NY 10065
info@rsage.org

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