COSSA Resources | COVID-19 & Social Science at Federal Funding Agencies

COSSA Headlines: A monthly look at what's new and noteworthy in social science policy

COSSA provides a wealth of information to help social scientists follow the changing landscape of rules and resources at the federal agencies that fund social science research, as the government responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the highlights of the current issue below, and subscribe to the COSSA Washington Update to stay abreast this of fast-changing context.

Funding Webinar | NSF-approved Formats for Biographical Sketch and Current & Pending Support Documents

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NSF recently recorded a webinar about the requirement to use an NSF-approved format for both the biographical sketch and current & pending support documents as part of proposals submitted to NSF. The policy, outlined in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), goes into effect for proposals submitted or due, on or after June 1, 2020. The two NSF-approved formats are SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae, and an NSF Fillable PDF.

Funding | NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

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The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (BSSR) at the National Institutes of Health has announced several new Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs) which wil be of interest to social scientists at UMass. Please see the announcment below. For more infomration on how NIH is adjusting its funding mechanisms, check out the Office of Extramural Research blog, or view all BSSR-relevant NOSIs.

Seed Funding Call for Proposals | Labor Research and Action Network New Scholars Research Grants

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The Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) brings together workers’ rights advocates, academics, and students with the shared goal of building workplace and economic power for workers in the United States. One of the organization’s key objectives is to help develop the next generation of labor scholars while also linking these scholars to labor activists.

Funding | Russell Sage Foundation Call for Timely/COVID-19 Social Science Research

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Call for Letters of Inquiry for Timely or COVID-19-Related Social Science Research
Application Deadline: May 21st, 2020 (2 PM EST)


The Russell Sage Foundation was established in 1907 for “the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States.” It dedicates itself to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences in order to better understand societal problems and develop informed responses.

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