The Social Science Research Council welcomes the University of Pittsburgh to the ranks of the 49 North American institutions that comprise the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences.

“Pitt’s research in the fields of social and behavioral science is world-class, thanks to our innovative faculty, who ask hard questions about data, bias, impacts on society and other essential challenges,” said Rob A. Rutenbar, senior vice chancellor for research at the University of Pittsburgh. “We are pleased to renew our partnership with the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), a group that has confronted those challenges since 1923 as part of its mission to encourage research that contributes to the public good.

“Pitt strives more than ever to marry our research enterprise with the responsibility to create insights into significant problems facing societies today, and so we look forward to new opportunities for Pitt faculty to collaborate on relevant research that informs public policy to create these positive and lasting changes.”

SSRC President Anna Harvey welcomed the new addition to the decade-old consortium. “We’re very excited to have Pitt as a member, and to expand our partnership with this university that has been a leader in so many fields. Both the Council and Pitt have long histories of research and innovation across disciplines for the public good, and we’re looking forward to the wealth of knowledge, experience, and public service that Pitt brings to the College and University Fund.”

The consortium of research-intensive higher education institutions in the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences connects leaders in the social and behavioral sciences with one another and with funders to produce high-impact research and expand opportunities for new research. Pitt’s research expenditures totaled $1 billion-plus for the academic year 2022-23.