SSRC: Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grants

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  • Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
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The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), as part of its Just Tech program, seeks proposals from across the social sciences and related fields that address the risks, opportunities, and challenges posed by public health surveillance stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic. We specifically encourage proposals that interrogate the role the public and private sectors may play in mitigating or exacerbating the health crisis, the effects of which are already unevenly distributed.

Eligibility and Criteria

The Just Tech program invites proposals for Rapid-Response Grants from researchers—based at both academic and nonacademic institutions—who hold a PhD in any social science discipline or related interdisciplinary field. The grants offer up to six months of support toward research-related expenses. These include, but are not limited to, access to datasets, archives, and relevant publications; costs related to conducting online research of various kinds; and research assistance. Applications are welcome from any country around the world. Awards will range from USD $5,000 to $10,000, with larger amounts directed to projects committed to research partnerships grounded in principles of ethical collaboration and equity, composed of partners who might not otherwise work together. In this regard, strong teams will not simply be interdisciplinary, but multi-method or cross-sector, joining, for example:

  • humanists and social scientists
  • social and natural scientists
  • qualitative and quantitative methodologists
  • academic researchers and practitioners
  • researchers from different parts of the world

Applicants may not have another pending application with SSRC. 

Applications may be submitted through the SSRC's application portal, and will be accepted on a rolling basis, with the first period of review beginning on August 31, 2020.