Russell Sage Foundation Announces New Funding Priorities for Letters of Inquiry--Deadline August 5

In response to the multiple crises of 2020, the Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) is dedicating its next funding cycle exclusively to research that seeks to improve our understanding of these extraordinary times. The severe consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic—including its economic disruptions—and the recent mass protests to combat systemic racial inequality in policing and other institutions have reaffirmed the importance of social science research examining economic, political, racial, ethnic, generational, and social inequalities relevant to public policy and social change.

For its August 5, 2020 deadline, RSF will only accept letters of inquiry relevant to one of RSF’s core programs, and which address at least one of the following issues:

  • Research on the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting recession in the U.S. Specifically, research that assesses the social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences of the pandemic, especially its effects on marginalized individuals and groups and on trust in government and other institutions. Our priorities do not include analyses of health outcomes or health behavior.
  • Research focused on systemic racial inequality and/or the recent mass protests in the U.S. Specifically, research that investigates the prevalence of racial disparities in policing and criminal justice and their social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences; the effects of the current social protest movement and mass mobilization against systemic discrimination; the nature of public attitudes and public policies regarding policing, criminal justice, and social welfare; and the effects of those attitudes in the current political environment.

For its subsequent, November 11, 2020 letter of inquiry deadline, RSF will return to accepting letters of inquiry in three of its core programs, which have and will continue to focus on many of the causes and consequences of the crises of 2020.

More information concerning RSF’s priorities can be found in the announcement from the foundation’s president. Please contact Bridget Wiffin, Director of the Grants Office, with any questions or for assistance.