The Social Science Research Commons is pleased to offer funding to support research using the Kentucky Research Data Center, as well as funds to support the acquisition of research data. Information on these programs, as well as our past program of SSRC Research Grants, is available below.
KRDC grants for IU researchers
The Social Science Research Commons invites requests for funding to support research that uses the resources of the University of Kentucky RDC (KRDC). Requests can be made for funds to support travel to the RDC by faculty or their graduate students and for any charges associated with using RDC data. We expect that typical requests will be for $500 - $3,000.
Deadline: KRDC grant applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
All IU Bloomington faculty, and graduate students (with faculty sponsor) are eligible for funding. Researchers with multiple KRDC projects are encouraged to submit an application for each project.
Submit the following materials to email@example.com:
- A copy of the project’s proposal (to the Census, CDC, or other entity) or a project narrative describing the project’s goals and its advancement of empirical knowledge, theories, or methods (maximum 2 pages).
- A budget and short (1 paragraph) budget justification
- A list of personnel involved with the project, their statuses at IU (faculty, graduate student, staff, etc.), and their home schools and/or departments.
- Documentation of project approval from the appropriate entity (e.g. the U.S. Bureau of the Census).*
Funding 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.
*Please note that researchers may submit requests for funding prior to receiving project approval from the appropriate federal entity, but will be required to provide documentation of project approval before funds will be disbursed.
Research Data Funding Program
The SSRC can provide a limited amount of financial support for the acquisition of datasets for social science research. Funds are limited; priority will be given to requests that will support collaborative, interdisciplinary research, and to requests that will strengthen future external grant applications. All faculty are eligible to apply; we welcome proposals involving graduate student collaborators. Requests for funding to support data purchases are accepted on a rolling basis and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests should include information on the data of interest, the researchers, research project(s), and future grant application(s) it will support, and the amount of funds requested.
SSRC Research Grants
The Social Science Research Commons' research grants program provides grants for individual-investigator or collaborative projects in the social sciences. Priority is given to innovative projects that will advance empirical knowledge, theories, or methods in the social sciences and that include funding to support graduate students. Typical requests are for $2,000 - $10,000.
We last accepted proposals in Fall 2020; information on future funding cycles will be posted once available.
All tenured and tenure-track faculty, and non-tenure track faculty whose evaluation criteria are based on research activity, in the social sciences are eligible to apply. Applicants may only serve as the primary investigator on one application per academic year.
Please note that visiting, adjunct, and/or part-time faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and non-tenure track faculty whose evaluation criteria are not based on research activity are not eligible serve as primary investigators, though are eligible as personnel on collaborative projects.
Complete and submit your application to email@example.com, 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 funded project 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.