The Social Sciences Research Institute is a research funding entity for Rice social sciences tenure-track faculty and graduate students. It provides seed funds and other awards to promote cutting-edge research in the social sciences.
The Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI) was founded in 2007, and consists of the following funding programs: Seed Money Grant Program, Pre-Dissertation Research Grant Program, Dissertation Research Improvement Grant Program, and Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant Program. The purpose of the Seed Money Grant Program is to provide funding so that tenure-track faculty may collect preliminary data or perform preliminary research that will enable them to submit a more competitive proposal to an external funding agency. The Pre-Dissertation Research Grant Program provides support for 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. The Dissertation Research Improvement Grant Program helps 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 award recipients with these costs. The Graduate Student Travel Grant Program provides funding to graduate students in the Social Sciences who are presenting a paper or a poster as a first author at a conference or metting.
Please click on each grant type below to view research proposals that have been funded by the SSRI.
Seed Money Research Grants
Pre-Dissertation Research Grants
Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
Graduate Student Conference Travel Grants