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Social Science Research Council’s Mercury Project announces Call for Proposals to Expand Vaccine Demand Research

Funds enhance the Mercury Project, a $25 million consortium to identify cost-effective and scalable solutions that build vaccination demand around the world. New York | January 23, 2023—The Social Science Research Council announced USD $2 million Call for Proposals to support research projects to rigorously test locally grounded solutions to improve demand for vaccinations across the life course. The funding comes at a critical time when 25 million children missed out on essential vaccines in 2021 – the largest sustained decline in 30 years, according to WHO and UNICEF. The new funding expands the $25 million Mercury Project, a consortium …

Social Science Research Council Celebrates 100 Years of Social and Behavioral Science

The Social Science Research Council began the celebration of its Centennial, kicking off a year in which it will highlight 100 years of important contributions made by social and behavioral scientists to solving pressing global challenges.  In 1923, a group of social and behavioral scientists representing the American Economic Association, American Political Science Association, American Sociological Association, and American Statistical Association founded the Social Science Research Council to advance policy-relevant social and behavioral science with the potential to lead to societies more supportive of human well-being. The Council’s founders identified a number of challenges to the production of policy-relevant evidence, …

Welcoming the University of Toronto to the CUF

The Social Science Research Council is pleased to welcome the University of Toronto, the first Canadian University to join the ranks of the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences. “The biggest problems that societies face today—such as building support to fight climate change, addressing threats to democracy, and building trust in science—transcend borders. These are fundamentally human questions, and we believe that social and behavioral scientists have the tools to understand and address them,” said Anna Harvey, president of the Council. “We’re thrilled to add the University of Toronto to this coalition, and we are grateful for their …

Announcing the 2022 SSRC Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal fellows

The Social Science Research Council is proud to announce the twelve early-career scholars selected to receive 2022 Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal fellowships. The fellowships aim to bring knowledge of the place of religion and spirituality into scholarly and public conversations about renewing democracy in the United States. Established in 2020, the Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal fellowships are offered through the SSRC Religion and the Public Sphere program in partnership with the Fetzer Institute. This year’s competition emphasized research that sheds light on the religion and spiritual dimensions of deep political polarization in the US today and examines the …

University of Washington Joins the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences

The SSRC is proud to welcome the University of Washington to the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences (CUF). UW joins a network of more than forty CUF higher education partners that are dedicated to connecting across disciplines and institutions to produce high-impact scholarship, and to expanding the funding infrastructure for social and behavioral science worldwide. “Many of the most pressing challenges we are facing, including rising inequality, pandemic spread, climate change, and threats to democratic institutions, are fundamentally human and societal in nature. These are precisely the kinds of problems for which social and behavioral scientists seek …

University of Arizona Joins the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences

The SSRC’s College and University Fund for the Social Sciences (CUF) is pleased to welcome the University of Arizona to its network of over 40 higher education partner institutions. “We are thrilled by this new partnership with the University of Arizona,” said Anna Harvey, SSRC President. “By bringing as many academic leaders to the table as possible and by ensuring that this group represents the full breadth of outstanding social and behavioral science being done across institutions, we believe the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences can help to leverage the kind of research funding that will be …

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