Social Science Research Grant Program (SSRGP)

2017 Call for Proposals

Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

The UCSB Institute for Social, Behavioral, & Economic Research, in conjunction with the College of L & S Deans, the Bren School Dean, and the Executive Vice Chancellor announces the 2017 Call for Proposals for the Social Science Research Grants Program (SSRGP). The purpose of this program is to enrich the quality of research in the social sciences at UCSB by means of a competitive program of awards to faculty, aimed at fostering the development of innovative research in the social sciences. Research using any of the methodological or theoretical paradigms within the social and humanistic social sciences is welcome. All eligible faculty members are encouraged to apply.

Ladder faculty members of all ranks are eligible to submit proposals provided the research focuses on a social science topic. Previous recipients of awards from the ISBER Grants Programs are allowed to apply, provided they have expended all funds and submitted annual report for prior project(s), the requested funding is for a new project, and if funded in the 2016 round they have submitted a proposal for extramural support. Graduate students are not eligible to apply.

The program will fund research projects at all stages of development, as long as there will be an identifiable outcome or product from the funded activity. Priority will be given to projects likely to lead to extramural funding and therefore, in the early stages of development. Faculty who have never received funding under the SSRGP and pre-tenure faculty are especially encouraged to apply. However, all proposals for social science research projects will be considered. A list of all previously funded projects is available on the ISBER website at:

Budgets and allowable expenses
The maximum allowable request under this program is $8,000. The program will permit the following types of funding when adequately justified:

  • Travel: for the purpose of research, collaboration, or meeting with potential funding sources
  • Student research assistance: UCSB graduate or undergraduate students only; no GSHIP and fees; no postdocs
  • Research expenses, supplies, & services
  • Publication costs (e.g., purchase of maps, prints, etc.)

Items that will not be funded:

  • Faculty salaries
  • Equipment costing more than $500
  • Conference travel
  • Replacement funding to permit release from teaching.

Timeline for proposed work and award administration
All projects funded in this cycle will have a start date of July 1, 2017 and an end date of June 30, 2018. Upon written request and adequate justification, a 6 month extension will be granted. Extensions beyond 6 months are unlikely, given the seed funding nature of the grants. All project funds will be directly administered by ISBER.

Evaluation and review
The competitive review of eligible proposals will be undertaken by an interdisciplinary committee of social science faculty. Proposals will be reviewed for their quality, significance, clarity, feasibility, and promise for future extramural funding. Funding decisions will be provided by mid June, 2017.

Proposal content
Completed proposals should include the following:

  • Project abstract (250 words)
  • A list of other funding received for the proposed project
  • A list of any previous ISBER award(s) and the academic outcomes or products resulting from the awards
  • Proposal narrative, including: research question(s), theoretical framework and significance, research methods, and plan (4 pp. single spaced maximum, 11 pt. type)
  • References cited (no page limit)
  • Budget (see ISBER proposal coordinator, Shawn Barcelona, for assistance in budget preparation)
  • Budget justification – please provide a rationale for all budget items (2 page maximum)
  • C.V. (abbreviated 2-page maximum)

Submission of Proposals
Proposals must be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017 electronically at:  Without exception, late proposals will not be considered for funding in this cycle.

For more information, please contact: Shawn Barcelona, x5697, For assistance with proposal development, please contact: Barbara Walker, x3576,