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Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context (DM)

Grants to USA Investigators for Research Related to Decision-Making
in the Context of the Coronavirus and Social-Justice Crises

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Funding Source:

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Russell Sage Foundation (RSF)

LOI Date:

08/05/20

Deadline Date:

11/19/20 2:00 PM Eastern Time/11:00 AM Pacific Time

Description:

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Grants to USA investigators for research in all areas of social science that relate to decision-making. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the recent mass protests, funding is intended for research that addresses the political, economic, or psychological disruptions of these crises, which affect social and living conditions. Research should explore processes, contexts, causes, and effects of decision-making from an alternative or behavioral 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. 

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

The severe consequences of the Covid19-pandemic, including its economic disruptions, and the recent mass protests to combat systemic racial inequality in policing and other institutions have reaffirmed the importance of social science research examining economic, political, racial, ethnic, generational, and social inequalities relevant to public policy and social change. RSF encourages proposals that analyze any of these issues on topics of interest under the Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context initiative.

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 RSF's mission.

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.

Proposals should include no more than five PIs, three of whom may receive funding (faculty and postdoctoral researchers). In rare circumstances, RSF will consider requests for salary support for additional PIs if it is crucial to the completion of the proposed research. Applicants must provide a detailed explanation in the budget justification of the tasks and time efforts of all PIs. When more than three PIs are requesting funding, the budget justification must explain the expertise those additional individuals bring to the project.

Faculty PIs or co-PIs: Only PIs or co-PIs whose academic salary is less than $300,000 are eligible to request salary support.

Research grants do not provide funds for:
- Items or equipment such as computers or software; we will consider equipment requests on a case-by-case basis. In no case can more than $5,000 be spent on equipment.
- RSF does not cover rent for office space.
- Sabbaticals or fellowships at other institutions, even if the PI will be working on an RSF project.
- Release time (course buy-outs) from teaching during the academic year.
- Pre-doctoral or doctoral research (including dissertation research).
- Tuition remission for graduate or undergraduate students.
- Personnel or other costs related to communications or dissemination or publication, including journal publication fees.
- Travel for collaboration purposes 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, information/computer services, etc., as these are typically considered to be a part of indirect costs.

Pre-Application Information:

The next deadline for LOIs is 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT, August 5, 2020.

For the upcoming deadline, RSF will only accept letters of inquiry relevant to one of RSF's core programs that address at least one of the following issues:
1. Research on the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting recession in the US
2. Research focused on systemic racial inequality and/or the recent mass protests in the US.

For its November 11, 2020 deadline, RSF will return to accepting LOIs in its three core programs.

Timeline: All applications (LOIs and proposals) are due by 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT

- Letter of Inquiry Deadline: May 21, 2020
- Invited Proposal Deadline: August 17, 2020
- Funding Decision: November 2020

- Letter of Inquiry Deadline: August 5, 2020
- Invited Proposal Deadline: November 19, 2020
- Funding Decision: March 2021

- Letter of Inquiry Deadline: November 11, 2020
- Invited Proposal Deadline: March 10, 2021
- Funding Decision: June 2021

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

Guidelines: http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/apply-project-grants/guidelines

Budget Requirements: http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/apply-project-grants/budget

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

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

Research grants: http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/project-presidential-awards

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://rsf.fluxx.io/

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

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