Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Pipeline Grants Competition

Grants to USA Assistant and Associate Professors
for Research Projects on Poverty

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)

Deadline Date:



Request a Grant Writer

Grants of up to $30,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to USA assistant and associate professors for innovative research on poverty and economic mobility. Proposed projects should diagnose or address structural barriers to economic mobility and opportunities for success in America. Projects must contribute to RSF's mission to improve social and living conditions in the United States.

This initiative is designed to support early- and mid-career tenure-track scholars, and to promote diversity by prioritizing applications from scholars who are underrepresented in the social sciences. This includes racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity.

Appropriate projects will demonstrate use of relevant theory, data, methods, and measures in the research design. RSF is interested in novel uses of new or under-utilized data, and creative uses of administrative data. Proposals might include exploratory fieldwork, a pilot study, field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, ethnographies, or the analysis of existing data.

Below are examples of the kinds of topics that are relevant to this competition. This list is not all-encompassing and is only intended to suggest a sample range of eligible topics. For a list of questions that can be used for research, click here:

Topics of Interest:

  • Income & Wealth
  • Neighborhood Characteristics and Place-Based Interventions
  • Gentrification, Segregation, and Housing Policy
  • Education
  • Social Capital
  • Youth and Young Adults of Color
  • Criminal Justice & the Legal System
  • Accessing the Safety Net
  • Labor Markets

Eligible costs include:

  • Salary Support (no more than 50% of the grant)
  • Course Buyouts
  • Data acquisition, such as data access fees or the purchase of data sets
  • Data collection
  • Research assistance
  • Travel (for data collection or conferences)
  • Other research expenses will be considered on a case by case basis.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187123

Number of Grants:

RSF expects to fund between 10-15 projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Tenure track assistant professors can apply for grants of up to $30,000.

Associate professors who have been in the rank for less than seven years are eligible for grants of up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Term of contract is one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only tenure track assistant professors and associate professors who have been in the rank for less than seven years are eligible to apply. The pipeline grants competition is only available to faculty who have not previously received a research grant or a visiting fellowship from RSF. The program seeks to promote racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity and will prioritize applications from scholars who are underrepresented in the social sciences.

Full professors and associate professors who have held the position for more than seven years, and professors who have previously received RSF funding are eligible to be co-PI’s on projects, but cannot receive funding. Non tenure track professors, researchers, and post-docs are eligible to receive funding as co-PIs, within the parameters of the budget guidelines.

RSF does not allow indirect costs on small grants and restricts the project period to one year.

In line with the foundation’s mission, all projects must focus on the United States. In some exceptional cases, RSF may consider data collected outside the U.S. (e.g., experimental data, survey data, etc.) if the researcher can demonstrate that the data needed for the project is not available in the U.S., and that the data has direct and strong relevance to understanding social and living conditions in the U.S.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for the Pipeline Grants Competition is December 3, 2019, for awards to be announced in spring 2020.

Funding starts in Summer 2020.

RSF will pair assistant professors with mentors working in the same field, and provide an honorarium for the mentors.

The funded researchers will be expected to present their findings at a conference at the Russell Sage Foundation during spring/summer 2021. Investigators, mentors, advisory committee members, and other experts will participate.

Link to Frequently Asked Questions:

Link to Application Guidelines:

Contact Information:

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

To register for online application and to apply online:

If you have any questions or problems with Fluxx, please contact:

Russel Sage Foundation
112 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

Phone: (212) 750-6000

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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