Social Sciences Research Institute
The Social Sciences Research Institute is a research funding entity for Rice Social Sciences' tenure-track faculty and graduate students. It provides seed funding 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 opportunities:
Seed Money Grants provides funding to tenure-track (position at the rank of assistant professor) faculty 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.
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 a first author at a conference or meeting.