One of the oldest American foundations, the Russell Sage Foundation was established by Mrs. Margaret Olivia Sage in 1907 for "the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States." In pursuit of this mission, the foundation now dedicates itself to strengthening the methods, data, knowledge, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies.
The foundation's program on Social, Political, and Economic Inequality supports innovative research on the factors that contribute to inequality in the U.S. and the extent to which social, political and economic inequalities affect social, psychological, political, and economic outcomes, including equality of access and opportunity, social mobility, civic mobilization and representation, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage and disadvantage. To that end, the program seeks Letters of Inquiry for investigator-initiated research that contributes to understanding of social, political, and economic inequalities and the mechanisms by which they influence the lives of individuals and families in the United States. RSF encourages methodological variety and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Examples of the kinds of topics that are of interest include but are not limited to economic well-being, equality of opportunity, and intergenerational mobility; political institutions and the policy process; psychological and/or cultural change; education; labor markets and occupations; child development and child outcomes; neighborhoods and communities; families, family structure, and family formation; and other forms of inequality. Awards are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results.
To be eligible, all applicants (both PIs and co-PIs) must have a doctorate and their affiliated organizations must be considered tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Review Code.
Letters of Inquiry must be received by November 26. Upon review, select applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by March 12, 2020.
For complete program guidelines, application instructions, information about previous grant recipients, and an FAQ, see the Russell Sage Foundation website.