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Call for Proposals: Rapid-Response Grants on Covid-19 & Social Sciences by Social Science Research Council, USA: Submit by June 1: Expired

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The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), in partnership with the Henry Luce Foundation, as part of its Covid-19 Initiative, seeks proposals from across the social sciences and related fields that address the social, economic, cultural, psychological, and political impact of Covid-19 in the United States and globally, as well as responses to the pandemic’s wide-ranging effects.

While essential public health and economic research in measuring and modeling Covid-19 and its effects are 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.

Focus Areas

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.

Awards will range from USD$2,000 to $5,000, with the possibility of slightly more support for collaborative projects of two or more researchers. The grants offer research support for up to six months toward research-related expenses. These include, but are not limited to, access to data sets, archives and relevant publications, costs related to conducting online research of various kinds, and research assistance.

Eligibility Criteria

The Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grants invite proposals from researchers who hold a Ph.D. in any social science disciplines or related interdisciplinary fields. Applications are welcome from any country around the world.

How to Apply?
  1. Interested candidates can submit their proposals online by clicking here.
  2. Applications will consist of a five-page research proposal, an application form, a budget, and a curriculum vitae.
  3. Awards will be announced in July 2020.
  4. The last date to submit your proposals is June 1, 2020.

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