Funding Guidelines for May 4, 2021 Deadline
RSF will accept letters of inquiry (LOIs) under these core programs and special initiatives: Behavioral Economics; Decision Making & Human Behavior in Context; Future of Work; Social, Political and Economic Inequality. In addition, RSF will also accept LOIs relevant to any of its core programs that address at least one of the following issues:
- Research on the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting recession in the U.S. Specifically, research that assesses the social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences of the pandemic, especially its effects on marginalized individuals and groups and on trust in government and other institutions. Our priorities do not include analyses of health outcomes or health behaviors. RSF seldom supports studies focused on outcomes such as educational processes or curricular issues, but does prioritize analyses of inequities in educational attainment or student performance.
- Research focused on systemic racial inequality and/or the recent mass protests in the U.S. Specifically, research that investigates the prevalence of racial disparities in policing and criminal justice and their social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences; the effects of the current social protest movement and mass mobilization against systemic discrimination; the nature of public attitudes and public policies regarding policing, criminal justice, and social welfare; and the effects of those attitudes in the current political environment..
LOIs must include specific information about the proposed data and research design. If you are unsure about the foundation's expectations, we strongly recommend that you review the grant writing guidelines on our website and also view an instructional webinar. Successful proposals from this round can have a start date on or after December 1, 2021.
Research Grants (Core Programs and Special Initiatives)
Behavioral Economics = BE | Future of Work = FOW | Race, Ethnicity and Immigration = REI | Social, Political and Economic Inequality = SPEI
Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context = DM | Immigration & Immigrant Integration = III
*ALL applications (LOIs & Proposals) are due by 2pm ET/11am PT
|Letter of Inquiry Deadline||Invited Proposal Deadline||Funding Decision||
Grant Start Date (on/after)
|August 5, 2020*||Nov. 19, 2020*||Mar. 2021||Apr. 1, 2021|
|November 11, 2020*||Mar. 10, 2021*||Jun. 2021||Jul. 1, 2021|
|May 4, 2021* SEE GUIDELINES ABOVE||Aug. 11, 2021*||Nov. 2021||Dec. 1, 2021|
Fellowships (Visiting Scholars, Visiting Journalists, Visiting Researchers)
|Year in Residence||Application Deadline||Decision|
|2021-2022||June 25, 2020 (11:59pm ET)||December 2020|
|2022-2023||June 24, 2021 (11:59pm ET)||December 2021|
Visiting Journalists & Visiting Researchers
|For Residency Between||Application Deadline||Decision|
|September 2021 - June 2022||May 4, 2021 (2pm ET/11am PT)||June 2021|
- Submit a Visiting Journalist Application
- See information on Visiting Journalists
- See information on Visiting Researchers
Behavioral Economics: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
There are no open calls for applications at this time.
Pipeline Grants Competition
The next deadline will be Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 2pm ET.
Improving Education and Reducing Inequality in the United States
The next call for proposals is expected to be released in early 2021.
- See information on the Special Initiative on Improving Education and Reducing Inequality in the United States