Russell Sage Foundation: Integrating Biology and Social Science (BioSS)

The Russell Sage Foundation, in collaboration with and support from the Ford Foundation, is accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) to support innovative social science research on social and economic outcomes that improves our understanding of the interactive mechanisms by which environmental influences affect biological mechanisms, and vice versa. This includes research that: (1) estimates how the structured nature of the social environment and intra- and intergenerational social inequalities affect biological processes, (2) identifies which indicators of biological processes interact with the social environment to affect different life domains and how, and (3) yields new conceptual frameworks that holistically characterize the complex relationships among biological, psychological and environmental factors to predict a range of behavioral and social outcomes. Award amount is up to $150,000 over two (2) years. The LOI deadline is August 21, 2017 by 2:00pm EST.

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations has identified the following private funding opportunity: 

Russell Sage Foundation: Integrating Biology and Social Science (BioSS)
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The Russell Sage Foundation, in collaboration with and support from the Ford Foundation, is accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) to support innovative social science research on social and economic outcomes that improves our understanding of the interactive mechanisms by which environmental influences affect biological mechanisms, and vice versa. This includes research that: (1) estimates how the structured nature of the social environment and intra- and intergenerational social inequalities affect biological processes, (2) identifies which indicators of biological processes interact with the social environment to affect different life domains and how, and (3) yields new conceptual frameworks that holistically characterize the complex relationships among biological, psychological and environmental factors to predict a range of behavioral and social outcomes. RSF is primarily interested in research that explores and improves our understanding of social and economic predictors and outcomes. Examples of the kinds of topics and questions that are of interest include, but are not restricted to, those described below:

  • Perceptions of the Role of Biology in Human Behavior and Social and Economic Outcomes
  • The Hidden Costs of Social Mobility
  • Early and Later Life Adversity
  • Socioeconomic Status, Brain Development, and Academic Outcomes
  • Immigration
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Economics
  • Risk vs. Resilience to Adversity
  • Biological Aging and Environment
  • Genes and Gene-Environment (GxE) Interactions

The highest priority will be given to projects that are closely aligned with the Foundation’s program areas in Social Inequality, Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, and Race, Ethnicity and Immigration. Proposals should be clear as to (1) how the proposed project informs and advances these research priorities, and (2) how the proposed biological mechanisms will be leveraged to further our understanding of the social, political, and economic outcomes of primary interest to the Foundation. RSF is highly committed to and values the importance of reproducibility and open science, and where applicable, investigators should explain their data release plan (data, code, codebooks) or any prohibitions on providing such materials. Funding is available for secondary analyses of data or for original data collection. RSF is especially interested in novel uses of existing data, as well as analyses of new or underutilized data. RSF encourages methodological variety and interdisciplinary collaboration. All proposed projects must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Analytical models must be specified and research questions and hypotheses (where applicable) must be clearly stated. Pilot studies that produce proof-of-concept are also welcome. Awards are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results (within the Foundation’s budget guidelines). Presidential Awards, with a maximum budget of $35,000 ($50,000 if new data collection/access is included; no overhead allowed) are also available.

LOI Deadline: August 21, 2017 by 2:00pm EST. Invited full proposals due November 15, 2017 by 2:00pm EST with award decisions made by November 2018. Application Guidelines for the award: https://www.russellsage.org/research/funding/bioss.

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Angela Nolan, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Academic Affairs, at angela_nolan@unc.edu or (919) 962-3426. The UNC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is available to provide assistance in pursuing privately funded opportunities. 

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