The Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI) was founded in 2007 and consists of the following funding and award opportunities:
- Collaborative Research Grant
encourages collaboration of Rice Social Sciences faculty across disciplines for the development of larger projects leading to research grant proposals to outside funding agencies.
- Seed Money Grants
provides funding to full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty at all ranks so that they may collect preliminary data or perform preliminary research that will enable them to submit a more competitive proposal to an external funding agency.
- Book Manuscript workshop Grant
to help faculty develop book manuscripts and, for junior faculty, to develop professional connections to scholars outside of Rice University.
- Open Access (OA) Publication Grants
to increase the visibility of SoSS faculty research and disseminate research more quickly. Grants are provided to defray the cost of open access publication fees.
- Proposal Mentoring Grants
to help faculty submit competitive proposals for external funding.
- Dean’s Distinguished Research Awards
aim to recognize excellence in faculty research. Two awards will be given, one for junior faculty and one for senior faculty.
Graduate Student Funding
- Pre-Dissertation Research Grants
provide support to graduate students who are conducting preliminary research related to their dissertations so that they may prepare stronger dissertations and/or submit more competitive dissertation research applications to other funding sources.
- Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
help alleviate the burden graduate students face when performing their dissertation research. Just like faculty, students have costs associated with their research, such as travel expenses for fieldwork or compensation for human subjects, and this grant program helps defray those costs.
- Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants
provide funding to graduate students in the Social Sciences who are presenting a paper or a poster as an author at a conference or meeting.
Graduate Student Awards
- John W. Gardner Award
is awarded to one graduate student with the best dissertation in the Social Sciences, in the judgment of the Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI) Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC).