2016-10-19

Russell Sage Special Initiative on Computational Social Science

RFP: Special Initiative on Computational Social Science Support for innovative social science research that identifies new data and methods to address questions in the foundation’s priority areas.

The Russell Sage Foundation’s initiative on Computational Social Science (CSS) supports innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in its core programs in Behavioral EconomicsFuture of WorkRace, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social Inequality. Limited consideration will be given to questions that pertain to core methodologies, such as causal inference and innovations in data collection. Examples of research (some recently funded by RSF) that are of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Linked Administrative Data
  • Private Administrative Data
  • Machine-Learning
  • Online Surveys and Experiments
  • Text Analysis
  • Social Media



Amount: Up to $150,000 over two years
Deadline November 30, 2016, 2 p.m. EST
Focus Area: Focus on innovative social science research in Behavioral Economics; Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity and Immigration; and Social Inequality, with an emphasis on new or underused data sets.
Application: Letter of Inquiry (4 pages maximum, excluding references) online; invited full proposals due February 27, 2017, 2 p.m. EST; funding decision in June 2017
IDC Rate:  15 percent for grants of more than $35,000
Number of Awards: Not specified, but the foundation typically funds 15-20 out of approximately 200 submitted LOIs