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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.

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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 October 5, 2020. The two NSF-approved formats are SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae, and an NSF Fillable PDF.

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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.

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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.

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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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Applications are now open for the Spring 2020 cycle of the Graduate School Grant Programs!

The Graduate School will award more than $100,000 in 2019-20 to current UMass doctoral students to support dissertation research across all fields.

Three types of competitive awards are available:

  • Dissertation Research Grants
  • Fieldwork Grants
  • Predissertation Grants.

New for 2019-20! Supplements for Travel with Children

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This announces the launch of the 2020 Kauffman Knowledge Challenge RFP - https://rfp.kauffman.org/prog/2020_kauffman_knowledge_challenge/

 
 
 
UMass Advance Collaborative Research Seed Grants presentation by Laurel Smith-Doerr, Jen Normaly and Julie Woods, May 22 2019.

On May 22, 2019, the UMass ADVANCE Program held an Information workshop on the new Collaborative Research Seed Grant program which seeks to foster the development of innovative and equitable collaborative research projects among UMass Amherst faculty. Funded seed grants at UMass will contribute to the mission of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, which is advancing women faculty, including women faculty of color, in science and engineering.

The seed grant application deadline is September 17, 2019.

UMass Advance Collaborative Research Seed Grants presentation by Laurel Smith-Doerr, Jen Normaly and Julie Woods, May 22 2019.

On May 22, 2019, the UMass ADVANCE Program held an Information workshop on the new Collaborative Research Seed Grant program which seeks to foster the development of innovative and equitable collaborative research projects among UMass Amherst faculty. Presentation slides and grant application information here.

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The Institute for Social Science Research and the School of Earth and Sustainability, in partnership with the Institute for Diversity Sciences at UMass, are pleased to announce the winners of this year's Social Science and Environment Seed Grant competition. These SSEN Seed Grant awards totaling $40,000 in new investments will stimulate new scholarly collaborations for innovative research centered on sustainability themes in the social sciences. The winning grants link scholars across three colleges at UMass, and exemplify the SSEN commitment to spanning disciplinary boundaries to open new ways of conceptualizing and studying the defining issues of our times. Please join us in celebrating these important initiatives.

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