SSRC Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

The Social Science Research Commons is pleased to offer two funding opportunities to support social science research at IU-Bloomington: SSRC Research Grants and Kentucky Research Data Center grants.

Researchers can also browse campus, university, and external funding opportunities to support social science research.

Funding Programs Temporarily Suspended

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana University has announced a temporary delay in all internal funding competitions and decisions, including the SSRC's programs. More information will be shared as soon as it is available.

All tenured and tenure-track faculty in the social sciences are eligible to apply. Applicants may only serve as the primary investigator on one application per academic year.

Complete and submit your application to, using the provided template, which includes:

(1) A cover sheet listing the project's title, primary contact, and a short abstract;

(2) A project narrative describing the project’s goals and its advancement of empirical knowledge, theories, or methods (maximum 2 pages);

(3) A budget, short budget justification, and statement about any other funding applied for and/or received for the project;

(4) A list of personnel involved with the project, their status (faculty, graduate student, staff, etc.), and their home schools and/or departments.

Reviewers will consider the proposed project's significance, innovation (advancing empirical knowledge, theory, or methods), approach (methodology), contributions to social science, personnel (investigators and support for graduate students), and broader impact (publications, future external funding, or community impact).

Grant recipients must submit a brief 1-2 page report of the outcomes of the grant within 3 months of the end of the project period. Reports should address grant and fellowship proposals submitted or awards received as a result of the funded research, publications/presentations, and/or how the project advanced the recipient’s research agenda. Faculty must submit these progress reports and provide evidence of seeking external funding and/or publication in order to be eligible for SSRC funding in subsequent years.