Social Sciences Research Support Informational Meeting

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Date: November 18, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Link to be emailed
Category: Meeting

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The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is pleased to announce a new internal funding opportunity, Social Sciences Research Support Program, for research, creative and scholarly projects thaengage the social sciences in carrying out the university's research mission. An informational meeting will be held via Zoom on Nov. 18, 2021 from 1 to 2 p.m. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom link.

Awarded project budgets will be funded up to a maximum of $10,000 and will lay the foundation for further work beyond the award end date. It is envisioned that support of the proposed projects should lead to external funding, such as a fellowship award, commission or grant to continue or expand the project. Funds can support research personnel, access to hard-to-find documents, materials, equipment, travel and supplemental summer salary. Requests for course buyouts and summer salary supplements must be approved by the applicant's college with summer salary supplements capped at one month for one summer. 

Social Sciences Research Support 





Phase 1 – documents: 

  • LOI (1-2 pages) 
  • CV (4 pages) 
  • Budget 

Phase 2 – selection: 

Selection of projects for full application by an internal review committee 

Phase 3 – proposal length and review: 

  • 5-7 pages 
  • External reviews solicited followed by internal review committee deliberations and recommendations 

Pilot program - will run for 2 years 

  • Once a year program cycle: 
    • 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 
  • A consultant for this pilot program will be selected from social sciences faculty

This initiative funds new research, rather than ongoing research

Individual faculty members and research teams led by full-time faculty are invited to develop proposals responsive to this funding announcement. Examples of eligible projects INCLUDE, but are NOT LIMITED to projects that: 

  • Advance basic knowledge in the respective social sciences 
  • Investigate issues of concern to the community 
  • Address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Pursue potential opportunities for external funding 
  • Identify and challenge social norms and expectations 
  • Forge long-term collaborative associations across the university 
  • Generate and explore new perspectives 
  • Support university-wide research initiatives 
  • Promote Interdisciplinarity 
  • Enhance graduate programs, and engage graduate and undergraduate students 
  • Create and advance new methodologies and analytic strategies 
  • Encourage junior faculty participation 

The project applicant, or lead PI from a collaborative team, must be a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty member in a social sciences area such as African American Studies, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, Urban Studies, among others.  

Assessment of submissions will proceed in three phases.  Final assessment of the full proposals will include both external reviews and reviews from an internal review committee, and will be based on the following criteria: 

  • Relevance of project to the intent of the program 
  • Significance of the project 
  • Demonstrated excellence of the participating faculty in relation to the proposed project 
  • Clarity and viability of the research or project plan 
  • Feasibility of the budget 
  • Appropriate composition of multidisciplinary teams, when applicable 
  • Contribution toward advancing graduate programs, meaningful experience for undergraduate students, or institutional reputation 
  • Potential to secure external grant funding, a fellowship award, or a commission for further study and/or potential dissemination of the project 
  • Capacity to build knowledge and appreciation of social sciences in the community, including a clear statement of expected outcomes and how they will be measured 

To learn more about the opportunity for Social Sciences Research Support Program, please register here for an informational meeting via Zoom. The meeting will be held on November 18, 2021 from 1 to 2 p.m. The Zoom meeting information will be emailed to all registrants prior to November 18th. 

We hope you will join us for this important informational session!



Julie O'Connor




November 2021