100 years of social and behavioral science in the public interest

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) was founded in 1923 by visionary representatives from the American Economic Association, the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association, and the American Statistical Association. By 1925, representatives from the American Anthropological Association, the American Historical Association, and the American Psychological Association had joined the organization. Since its inception, the SSRC has generated new insights into the most pressing societal issues of the past century.

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Building an inclusive and global research community

By awarding more than 18,000 fellowships and grants since our founding, the Social Science Research Council has identified, cultivated, and advanced innovative research that expands our collective understanding. We support a diverse and representative research community that brings a range of perspectives and approaches to understanding the human condition.

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Translating research into action

For nearly 100 years, the Social Science Research Council has coordinated the research, policy, and philanthropic communities in the pursuit of evidence-based policies that promote human well-being on a global scale. As the Council enters its second century, this work is more important than ever.

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Research areas we're focused on

Emergent Technologies & Democracy

In an era of ubiquitous digital communication, uneven democratic participation, and heightened polarization, understanding the dynamic relationship between technology and politics is more important than ever.

Health & Society

Building bridges between the social and natural sciences, researchers and practitioners, and world regions, our programs investigate the global and local effects of pressing issues such as disease outbreaks and public health misinformation.

Inequality & Inclusion

Inequality—both in society at large and within the academy itself—remains an urgent issue. Council programs bring innovative social science analysis to bear on our understanding of the roots and consequences of unequal participation in political, economic, and social systems across the globe.

Global Scholarship & Collaboration

We catalyze collaboration among scholars and institutions across world regions, promoting research at the intersection of “place-based knowledge” and global issues that shape communities, nation-states, and the world.

As the Council nears the 100th anniversary of its founding, we honor its founders and celebrate the breadth and depth of modern social and behavioral science. Every month we will feature an article from the most recent issue of each founding association’s flagship journal. Across disciplines, the frontiers of social and behavioral science are rapidly advancing, and with them, our collective capacity to support global well-being.
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