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Grants to USA Investigators for Eligible Research Addressing Behavioral
Science, Especially Related to the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Russell Sage Foundation (RSF)

LOI Date:

05/04/21

Deadline Date:

08/11/21 2:00 PM Eastern Time/11:00 AM Pacific Time

Description:

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Grants to USA investigators for eligible research addressing behavioral science. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Priority will be given to research on the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended for innovative research on decision making across the social sciences that examine causes, consequences, processes, or context from a behavioral or alternative perspective. The Foundation seeks to support a wide range of research on decision-making in context by scholars in psychology, political science, sociology, and other social science fields who are pursuing questions consistent with the aims of the Foundation.

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.

This initiative will support research proposals from multiple methodological perspectives that will further the understanding of decision-making processes and human behavior in the contexts of work, race, ethnicity, immigration, and social inequality, broadly conceived, in the U.S. Priority will be given to research related to core programs and other special initiatives. Limited consideration will be given to projects that test well-established behavioral effects without examining the overarching context or the underlying mechanisms.

RSF has a particular interest in the following research areas:

  • Biases and Misperceptions
  • Motivations and Incentives
  • Habits and Behavior Change
  • Affect and Emotions
  • Networks and Contexts

For a more detailed description of each of the above research areas, see the URL for Full Text below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184900

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:

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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