Social Science & Environment Seed Grants Program

The Institute for Social Science Research, in collaboration and with co-funding from the School of Earth & Sustainability (SES), sponsors a seed grant competition for interdisciplinary social science research in sustainability.

The Social Science & Environment Seed Grants are competitive awards designed to stimulate new scholarly collaborations for innovative research centered on sustainability themes in the social sciences. These seed grants are intended to support proposals that are not likely to be funded by traditional granting organizations because they are early in development and interdisciplinary in nature. It is anticipated that projects will clearly link to the future research, scholarly, or creative and artistic growth of the Institute for Social Science Research, and advance the aims of the Social Science and Environment Network at UMass.

These interdisciplinary social science proposals should engage scholars from a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise, including, for example, the humanities, social sciences, natural and physical sciences, engineering, design, law, business, and education. Proposals must provide a two-year plan for how the research project will be continued and further funded (including explicit referencing to external funding). We encourage collaborative proposals between faculty across colleges, for example between SBS and CNS. Examples of topical areas related to sustainability social science include: human development and inequality, food and water, human health, governance, economic and social drivers of land use change, climate change vulnerability and adaptation, environmental and sustainability communication, and culture and history.