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The Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Investigators
to Research USA Health Care Reform Outcomes

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Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Deadline Date:

08/15/19 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International scholars and investigators at the Ph.D. level or equivalent to conduct research projects to understand the various effects of the health care reforms made in the USA in 2010. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application.

The Foundation is especially interested in funding analyses that address the extent to which the ACA has affected outcomes such as financial security and family economic wellbeing, labor supply and demand, family and children’s outcomes, and participation in other social safety net programs.

The Foundation is also interested in analyses of the political effects of the implementation of the law, including changes in views about government, support for future government policy changes, or the impact on policy development outside of health care.

The Foundation provides support primarily for analyzing data and writing up results. However, for projects that address questions of particular importance to the foundation and in which existing data are insufficient, it will consider providing support for new data collection.

The Foundation is particularly interested in innovative projects that collect or analyze new data to illuminate issues that are highly relevant to the foundation's program goals. Projects that are interdisciplinary and combine both quantitative and qualitative research are also encouraged.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175593

Estimated Size of Grant:

Research Grants are generally limited to $175,000 (including indirect) and subject to availability of funds. Projects that use publicly available data are capped at $75,000 (including indirect). No indirect cost is allowed on budgets of up to $50,000.

RSF allows up to a maximum of 15% overhead for indirect costs on Research Grants above $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects are limited to no more than two years. RSF may consider longer projects in exceptional circumstances.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- All applicants (both PIs and Co-PIs) must have a doctorate. In rare circumstances, RSF may consider applications from scholars who do not hold a doctorate but can demonstrate a strong career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research.
- RSF particularly encourages early career scholars to apply for Presidential awards.
- All nationalities are eligible to apply and applicants do not have to reside in the USA but the focus of the proposed research project must be on the U.S. as per the Foundation's mission.
- Students may not be applicants.

Ineligible Indirect Costs:
Indirect costs are not allowed on subcontracts to external vendors such as survey firms, laboratories or testing companies,or university-affiliated survey centers; indirect costs are only allowed on subcontracts to other universities or research organizations.

Research grants do not provide funds for:
- Items or equipment such as computers or software; equipment requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In no case can more than $5,000 be spent on equipment. RSF does not cover rent for office space.
- Sabbaticals or fellowships at other institutions, even if the PI will be working on an RSF project.
- Release time (course buy-outs) from teaching during the academic year.
- Pre-doctoral or doctoral research (including dissertation research).
- Tuition remission for graduate or undergraduate students.
- Personnel or other costs related to communications or dissemination or publication, including journal publication fees.
- Travel for collaboration purposes or dissemination/presentation of findings (conference travel).
- The development of the data collection instrument and sample design as part of the proposed project.
- Generic costs, such as copying, printing, mailing, phone calls, information/computer services, etc., as these are typically considered to be a part of indirect costs.

The foundation does not typically provide support for conferences and workshops independent of a specific project and affiliated grant. In some rare cases, providing partial support for a specific research conference that furthers the goals of the foundation will be considered. Open-ended conferences will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Deadlines:
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: May 23, 2019
Invited Proposal Deadline: August 15, 2019
Funding Decision: November 2019

ALL applications (LOIs & Proposals) are due by 2 pm ET/11 am PT.

How to Apply:
- Letter of Inquiry (LOI): All research grant applications must be preceded by a letter of inquiry. LOIs must be submitted through the online portal directly by an eligible principal investigator or co-principal investigator.
- Proposal: Only invited proposals will be considered.
- Questions submitted within 10 days of the deadline cannot be guaranteed a response.

As a condition for providing substantial support for new data collection, RSF requires that the investigators make their data sets publicly available to the social science research community. Investigators must include as part of their application where and when they plan to pre-register the trials. In other cases, RSF may strongly recommend pre-registration as a funding condition.

As a condition for providing substantial support for randomized controlled trials (RCTs), RSF requires RCTs to be pre-registered.

Proposals should include no more than 5 investigators, 3 of whom may receive funding (faculty and postdoctoral researchers). In rare circumstances, RSF will consider requests for salary support for additional investigators if it is crucial to the completion of the proposed research.

Co-funding and/or cost-sharing by your university or organization is encouraged.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Click here to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) or Proposal:

If you still have questions after reviewing the information on the Foundation's website, please contact,

Russell Sage Foundation
112 E. 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.