The Russell Sage Foundation’s initiative on Computational Social Science (CSS) supports innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in its core programs in Behavioral EconomicsFuture of WorkRace, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social Inequality. Limited consideration will be given to questions that pertain to core methodologies, such as causal inference and innovations in data collection.

Examples of research (some recently funded by RSF) that are of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Small Awards Competitions with Big Data
  • Linked Administrative Data
  • Private Administrative Data
  • Machine-Learning
  • Online Surveys and Experiments
  • Text Analysis
  • Social Media

Examples of the kinds of questions that are of interest can be found on the Foundation’s website, but examples include:

  • Program on Behavioral Economic
  • Program on the Future of Work
  • Program on Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
  • Program on Social Inequality


All applicants (both PIs and Co-PIs) must have a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree, or a strong career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. RSF particularly encourages early career scholars to apply for Presidential awards.

All nationalities are eligible to apply and applicants do not have to reside in the U.S. RSF does not accept applications for Project and Presidential Awards from doctoral or other graduate students, unless specified in a special RFP.

Funding Available

Application must be limited to no more than a two-year period, with a maxium of $150,000 per project (including overhead). Projects that use publicly available data are capped at $75,000, including overhead. Presidential Awards, with a maximum budget of $35,000 ($50,000 if new data collection/access costs are included; no overhead allowed) are also available.

Useful Links

Full details regarding the Russell Sage Foundation Computational Social Science Call for Proposals.


CORIS Internal Deadline Please contact your Research Facilitator
Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Deadline May 24, 2018
cuResearch Checklist August 8, 2018
Invited Proposal Deadline August 15, 2018

Submitting Your cuResearch Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which the Departmental Chair and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.