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Immigration and Immigrant Integration (III)

Grants to USA Scholars for Research on the Impact of Politics
and Social Trends on Immigration, Especially Due to COVID-19

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Funding Source:

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Russell Sage Foundation (RSF)

LOI Date:

05/21/20

Deadline Date:

08/17/20 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT

Description:

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Grants to USA scholars for innovative research addressing the impact of political and social trends on immigrants and immigration. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, research should specifically address political, economic, or psychological disruptions of the health crisis that affect social and living conditions. Funding is intended for a range of research topics, including legal status, naturalization and citizenship, mixed-ancestry, ethnic identity, integration, race, religion, inequality, politics, political culture, and public policy.

RSF supports immigration research that has made significant contributions to the study of (1) immigrant integration and inter-generational mobility, (2) political incorporation, and (3) the causes and consequences of immigration to new areas of settlement. This research has shown the significant progress made by immigrants and their children, with immigrants becoming more like the native-born over time, and with second and later generations becoming more like other native-born Americans than their parents were. 

This initiative is also responsive to recent federal policy changes and emerging concerns about the resurgence of nativism and anti-immigrant sentiment –from executive orders limiting refugee resettlement to barring travel from some Muslim-majority countries.  And it invites examination of the extent to which social and political institutions reinforce (or prevent) the goals of immigrant progress and integration.

Proposals are invited for new research that will strengthen the theory, methods and empirical knowledge about the effects of race, citizenship, legal status, and the interplay of politics and policy on immigrant outcomes. Because of limitations in government statistics, researchers are curating and analyzing data from both public and private sources (e.g., specialized surveys, administrative sources from tax, social security and citizenship and immigration services, as well as social media), and collecting their own data to measure the progress of the foreign-born and their children.

The Foundation is especially interested in creative uses of administrative and other data sources that enhance the ability to identify immigrants by generation and legal status. Examples of the kinds of topics and questions that are of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Legal Status
  • Naturalization and Citizenship
  • Mixed-Ancestry, Ethnic Identity, and Integration
  • Race, Religion and Inequality
  • Politics, Political Culture, and Public Policy

For additional information see URL for Full Text link below.

RSF is particularly interested in analyses that make use of newly available data or demonstrate novel uses of existing data. They also support original data collection. Proposals to conduct field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged.

The Foundation encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration. All proposed projects must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Analytical models must be specified and research questions and hypotheses (where applicable) must be clearly stated. Funding can be used for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183562

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.

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.

Students may not be applicants. RSF does not allow indirect costs on subcontracts to external vendors such as survey firms, laboratories or testing companies, or university-affiliated survey centers.

RSF does not provide funds for any of the following expenses:
- 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 or other payments 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) unless through a small grants competition or a targeted competition.
- Tuition remission for graduate or undergraduate students.
- Personnel or other costs related to editing or 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, office supplies, 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, May 21, 2020.

Because of the effects of COVID-19 on all facets of American life, the Russell Sage Foundation is changing its immediate priorities for letters of inquiry for the May 21, 2020, deadline. For this deadline, RSF will only consider LOIs that satisfy at least one of the following criteria:
(a) The research is so timely and time-sensitive that the project must start before April 1, 2021; or
(b) the research analyzes social, political, economic, or psychological disruptions resulting from the coronavirus crisis that affect social and living conditions in the United States.

All LOIs must focus on issues related to the foundation’s core program areas and special initiatives: Behavioral Economics; Decision-Making and Human Behavior in Context; Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social, Political, and Economic Inequality.

Any LOIs submitted for the May 21 deadline must include an appendix of one or two pages that explains why the proposed research meets either or both criteria. This appendix does not count against the usual page limits for LOIs.

RSF will accept LOIs in all programs and special initiatives for the August 5, 2020 deadline, with funding decisions made at the March 2021 board of trustees meeting, according to its usual guidelines.

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

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

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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