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Future of Work Supports Innovative Research

The Russell Sage Foundation

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on the Future of Work supports innovative research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for less- and moderately-skilled workers and their families. RSF seeks investigator-initiated research proposals that will broaden the understanding of the role of changes in employer practices, the nature of the labour market and public policies on the employment, earnings, and the quality of jobs of workers. The funder is especially interested in proposals that address important questions about the interplay of market and non-market forces in shaping the well-being of workers, today and in the future.


  • All applicants both PIs and the Co-PIs must have a PhD or comparable terminal degree, or a stable career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research.
  • RSF particularly encourages early career scholars to apply for Presidential grants.
  • All nationalities are eligible to apply, and applicants do not have to reside in the U.S. RSF does not accept applications for Project and Presidential Grants from doctoral or other graduate students, unless specified in a particular RFP.
  • Funding Priority, Projects that use newly-available data or make new linkages across data sources have a higher priority than projects that analyze only public-use data from widely available datasets.
  • For projects using publicly available data, e.g., any non-restricted Census, CPS, or ACS, PSID, ECLS or any other such dataset, the budget request cannot exceed $75,000 (including indirect costs.
  • RSF will only consider budget requests that exceed this amount if the investigator can adequately explain why the project requires a higher amount.
  • The letters of Inquiry for all applications for external grants must be preceded by a brief letter of inquiry not more than 4 pages, excluding references, single-spaced, with standard 11 or 12-point font, and 1-inch margins to determine whether the Foundation’s present interests and funds permit consideration of a proposal for research, and only invited proposals will be considered.

The deadline for the letters of inquiry is 10 November 2021



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