Funding Opportunity: Russell Sage Foundation

November 15, 2014 by fgallon1

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on the Future of Work supports research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for less- and moderately-skilled workers in the United States. We seek research proposals that will broaden our understanding of the role of changes in employer practices, the nature of the labor market and public policies on the employment, earnings, and the quality of jobs of American workers. We are especially interested in funding analyses of original qualitative and quantitative data sources, and novel uses of existing sources of data to address important questions about the interplay of market and non-market forces in shaping the wellbeing of workers, today and in the future.

The Foundation is interested in research that examines the causes and consequences of the declining economic fortunes and stagnant wages of many U.S. workers, and their effects on workers and their families. We encourage methodological variety, but all proposals should have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Analytical models should be specified and research questions and hypotheses (where applicable) should be clearly stated. Awards are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results.

All applications should limit budget requests for no more than a two-year period, with a maximum of $150,000 per project including overhead. In addition, and as stated on our website, please also be aware that the Foundation will not pay for conference travel or for tuition for doctoral student research assistants.

Our website lists upcoming deadlines and has guidelines regarding the application procedure with information about submitting letters of inquiry, proposals and budgets. A brief letter of inquiry (4 pages max. excluding references) must precede a full proposal to determine whether the proposed project is in line with the Foundation’s program priorities and available funds. All applications must be submitted through the Foundation’s online submission system. Questions should be send to

Submission Deadlines: See upcoming deadlines


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