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Seed Grant Program

The Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS) Seed Grant Program provides funding for promising research at the intersection of statistics and the social sciences. The goal is to stimulate scholarly initiative by encouraging faculty to explore new directions in research and scholarship that contribute at the cutting-edge to the development of statistical methods for social scientific problems. We are particularly interested in projects that show a high probability of leading to extramural funding. We encourage seed grant recipients to use the funds to support pilot feasibility studies and/or preliminary research. Subsequent requests for extramural funds that build on the work supported by seed grants are welcome to be administered through CSSS as this will ensure program support for future investigators. 


Faculty holding the following ranks at the time of the award are eligible to apply: Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Research Professor, Research Associate Professor, and Research Assistant Professor.  

Research Project Requirements:

Research projects must use innovative statistical methods to address cutting-edge social scientific research questions. Collaborative interdisciplinary research such as between a social scientist and a statistician is encouraged but not required. All personnel funded by the grant are expected to participate regularly in the CSSS Seminar Series, both by attending and by giving at least one seminar on the project topic. 


Please check our website during autumn quarter for the next Request for Applications.