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Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Grants to USA Scholars for Behavioral Economics
Research Addressing Diversity and Immigration

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Russell Sage Foundation (RSF)

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08/15/19 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT


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Grants to USA scholars to support high-level research on the economic, political, and social effects of the shifting ethnic and racial composition on the nation. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Applications are invited for proposals addressing immigration, race, and ethnicity in the context of behavioral economics.

This program seeks investigator-initiated research proposals on the social, economic, and political effects of the changing racial and ethnic composition of the U.S. population, including the transformation of communities and ideas about what it means to be American. The Foundation is especially interested in innovative research that examines the roles of race, ethnicity, nativity, and legal status in outcomes for immigrants, U.S.-born racial and ethnic minorities, and native-born whites.

A primary goal of the new program is to find ways in which researchers from different social science traditions studying issues of race, ethnicity, and immigration may complement one another in productive and innovative ways. The Foundation encourages multi-disciplinary perspectives and methods that both strengthen the data, theory, and methods of social science research and foster an understanding of how the American ideals of a pluralist society may be achieved.

Proposals may raise a variety of research questions about any one or more of the three topics encompassed by this program—race, and/or ethnicity, and/or immigration.

Proposal Topics:

- The Effects of Stratification by Race, Ethnicity, and Immigrant Status on Social, Economic, and Political Outcomes of Different Groups
- American Institutions' Response to Increasing Diversity in the Population
- The Role of Legal Status in Immigrant Outcomes
- Ethnic and Racial Socialization and Identity Formation
- Immigration, Racial and Ethnic Diversity, and Integration
- Immigration Policy and Immigrant Integration Policies
- Redefinition of Inter-Group Relations

For examples of the kinds of topics and questions that are of interest, see the URL for Full Text link below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174368

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project Grants are generally capped at $175,000, including 15% indirect costs. Projects that use publicly available data are capped at $75,000, including indirect costs.

Presidential grants are capped at $35,000 (no indirect costs). In rare circumstances, investigators may apply for a Presidential Grant of 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.

For projects using publicly available data (e.g., any non-restricted Census, CPS, or ACS, PSID, ECLS or any other such dataset), the budget request cannot exceed $75,000 (including indirect costs). RSF will only consider budget requests that exceed this amount if the investigator can adequately explain why the project requires a higher amount.

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 Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree, or a strong career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. 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.

Students may not be applicants.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Requirements:
Letter of Inquiry (LOI): All research grant applications must be preceded by a letter of inquiry to determine whether RSF’s present interests and funds permit consideration of a full proposal. LOIs must be submitted through the online portal directly by an eligible principal investigator or co principal investigator.

Only invited proposals will be considered.

Key Dates:

-Letter of Inquiry Deadline: November 30, 2018 (2pm ET/11am PT)
-Invited Proposal Deadline: March 4, 2019 (2pm ET/11am PT)
-Funding Decision: June 2019

-Letter of Inquiry Deadline: May 23, 2019 (2pm ET/11am PT)
-Invited Proposal Deadline: August 15, 2019 (2pm ET/11am PT)
-Funding Decision: November 2019

-Letter of Inquiry Deadline: August 19, 2019 (2pm ET/11am PT)
-Invited Proposal Deadline: November 21, 2019 (2pm ET/11am PT)
-Funding Decision: March 2020

The Foundation cannot guarantee a response to any questions submitted within 10 days of a deadline. Any applications submitted after the cut-off time will automatically be deferred to the next round of applications. This applies even if you submit your application 10 minutes late.

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

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Russell Sage Foundation
112 E. 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

Nora Mitnick, Senior Grants Manager

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