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Pipeline Grants Competition

Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) is launching a new pipeline grants competition for early- and mid-career researchers in collaboration with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The competition seeks to promote diversity in the social sciences broadly, including racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity. Early and mid-career faculty who have not previously received support from RSF in the form of a Trustee or Presidential research grant or a visiting fellowship from RSF will be eligible to apply.

RSF has selected an advisory committee to draft a call for proposals, which will be released in early Fall 2019. The areas of focus in this research competition will not be limited to RSF’s existing program areas.


Only faculty who have not previously received a research grant or a visiting fellowship from RSF will be eligible to apply. The program seeks to promote racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity and will prioritize applications from scholars who are underrepresented in the social sciences.

Assistant professors can apply for grants of up to $30,000. RSF will pair assistant professors with mentors working in the same field, and provide an honorarium for the mentors.

Associate professors who have been in the rank for less than seven years are eligible for grants of up to $50,000.

Full professors and associate professors who have held the position for more than seven years are eligible to be co-PI’s on projects, but cannot receive funding.

Funding can be used for investigator salary, course buyouts, research assistance, data access, data collection, conference travel, and other research costs on a case by case basis.

Competition Details

RSF expects to fund between 10-15 one-year projects by assistant and associate professors. We anticipate a proposal deadline on December 3, 2019, for funding starting in Summer 2020. The funded researchers will be invited to submit their findings at a conference at the Russell Sage Foundation the following year, with investigators, mentors, advisory committee members, and other experts in attendance.

Proposals will be limited to seven single-spaced pages and should include a very brief literature review (no more than one page), research question, hypotheses, information on the research methods and data, analytic plan, and project timeline. Other requirements include a CV for each investigator, budget, and budget justification.

Summer Institute

In the Summer of 2020, RSF will host a Proposal Development Summer Institute. It will be modeled on RSF’s existing summer institutes that seek to develop a new generation of social science scholars and will be designed to develop a participant’s research idea into a completed proposal.  The curriculum will include classroom instruction from senior scholars, individual writing assignments and evaluations, group sessions, peer reviews, and one-on-one consultations.  We will announce more details in late Fall 2019.

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