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Social Sciences Funding Opportunities

The BRIDGE initiative (Building Research on Inequality and Diversity to Grow Equity) at Rice University is seeking to support new projects aiming to explore inequalities as they relate to the novel coronavirus pandemic, which includes the impact of the viral spread as well as experiences and changing well-being linked to increased social distancing (e.g. school closures, business shutdowns).

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The Bridge initiative (Building Research on Inequality and Diversity to Grow Equity) at Rice University seeks to further: 1) knowledge of the patterns, causes, consequences, and experience of inequality; 2) dialogue and action with respect to inequality on campus and in the Houston area; and 3) the training of future scholars of inequality. The initiative provides seed funding to support research endeavors that explore inequality within the racially and ethnically diverse environment of Houston and the broader Gulf Coast Region.

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The Bridge initiative (Building Research on Inequality and Diversity to Grow Equity) at Rice University seeks to further: 1) knowledge of the patterns, causes, consequences, and experience of inequality; 2) dialogue and action with respect to inequality within and beyond the university; and 3) the training of future scholars of inequality. To promote and support engagement with external scholars, practitioners, and professionals that enrich ongoing or potential projects that contribute to the initiative’s vision, we invite applications from the Rice University community for funding to support visitors to Rice during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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The purpose of the SSRI Collaborative Research Grant Program is to encourage collaboration of Rice Social Sciences faculty across disciplines on projects that lead to the submission of a competitive proposal to an external funding agency within 12 months of the end of the SSRI Collaborative Research Grant.

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The Social Sciences Research Institute awards Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DRIG) of up to $5,000 support or partially support dissertation research projects proposed by graduate students in the School of Social Sciences who have completed their coursework and who have advanced to candidacy or will advance to candidacy by the time the DRIG awards are made.

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Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants (GSCT) of up to $600 are available to graduate students in the Social Sciences at Rice who are presenting a paper or a poster at a conference or meeting.

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The Social Sciences Research Institute provides Pre-Dissertation Research (PDR) grants of up to $3,000 to support expenses related to preliminary dissertation research for graduate students in the School of Social Sciences.

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Seed Money grants for up to $10,000 are available to full-time and tenure-track faculty at all ranks for the development of larger projects leading to research grant proposals to outside funding agencies.

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