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Rapid-Response Grants on Covid-19 and the Social Sciences

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Researchers
for Studies on the Social Impact of COVID-19

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Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and Henry Luce Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/01/20 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $5,000 to USA and Territories, Canada, and International researchers to conduct studies in eligible disciplines on the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis on society. Funding is intended to support innovative research projects that explore the psychological, social, cultural, political, and economic effects of the pandemic all over the world. Requests will be accepted for projects in the social sciences, humanities, or related interdisciplinary fields, including but not limited to, law, political philosophy, racial and ethnic studies, migration studies, and public health.

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), as part of its Covid-19 Initiative, seeks proposals from across the social sciences and related fields that address the impact of Covid-19 in the United States and globally. In partnership with the Henry Luce Foundation, rapid-response grants support innovative research projects using remote methods, on key issues—“social distancing,” governance, inequality, religion, political economy, and technology—that contribute to analysis of the impact of Covid-19 globally. 

The program encourages research that focuses on immediate issues regarding the spread of the virus and responses to it, and that aim to put the present into an historical, comparative, or theoretical context.

As the Covid-19 pandemic has unfolded across the globe, virtually no dimension of social life has been untouched. While essential public health and economic research in measuring and modeling Covid-19 and its effects is underway, the full range of the social sciences—its questions, analytical frameworks, and methods—needs to be drawn upon to understand the pandemic as a social phenomenon, and to inform responses based on knowledge of human interactions and institutions.

While new knowledge is urgently needed, in the present moment many social science research methodologies are either not possible or require adaptation in order to protect the health and safety of both researchers and research subjects. The SSRC’s Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grants thus support innovative research projects that deploy remote research methods to shed light on both the short- and potential long-term effects of Covid-19 across a range of issues. These include:

  • “Social distancing” and virtual social interaction
  • Governance and democracy
  • Public trust and (dis)information
  • Social inequality and the pandemic’s disproportionate effects by race and ethnicity
  • The lessons of past disasters, and responses to them, for the present
  • The role of religious ideas, practices, and institutions in responding to the pandemic
  • The workplace and labor markets
  • Technology, surveillance, and ethics
  • The uses of, and the limits to, modeling in responses to the pandemic’s effects and in scenario planning

These topics are illustrative. Applicants are welcome to propose others. Projects focused on groups most affected by the pandemic are especially encouraged, as are those that can constructively inform responses across communities, public actors and institutions, and others.

Grant funds will typically be used for activities directly related to research to be conducted online or remotely, such as research equipment and supplies, support for research assistants, and costs for access to publications, archives, or proprietary databases. In exceptional cases, and in consultation with program staff, award funds may be used to cover other expenses. In the event that nonremote research methods become safe and feasible during the grant period, grantees may request a reallocation of grant funds toward travel, accommodation, and related expenses. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189746

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards will range from $2,000 to $5,000, with the possibility of slightly more support for collaborative projects of two or more researchers.

Term of Contract:

Grants will provide support for research beginning as early as July 2020.

Proposed projects must be completed within six months of the start date of the grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible candidates must hold a PhD in the social sciences, humanities, or related interdisciplinary fields (e.g., law, political philosophy, racial and ethnic studies, migration studies, public health, etc.).

Applications from any part of the world, and in any world region, are eligible.

Note: Grant awards may go directly to the fellows or may be channeled through a university or home institution. In all cases, the formal grantee will be the individual fellow, and not their home institution. Grant payments can be issued through an institution once the institution agrees that a) it will administer the award on the fellow’s behalf and will NOT deduct any overhead expenses and b) it will handle all taxability issues and reporting associated with th grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted through the SSRC’s online application system by 11:59 p.m. EST, June 1, 2020. Proposals must be submitted in English.

Awards will be announced in July 2020.

Successful applicants will be expected to participate in an online workshop with other grantees and are required to contribute at least one brief essay to SSRC’s digital forum Items: Insights from the Social Sciences.

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Contact Information:

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

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Social Science Research Council
300 Cadman Plaza West, 15th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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