Computational Social Science Seed Grants
In line with its mission as a social sciences research collaboration incubator, Project Mosaic has established a new seed grants program specifically geared towards the formation of new interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary teams of campus researchers in the social, behavior, and economic sciences for the explicit aim of pursuing external funding. The Computational Social Science Seed Grants (CSS-SG) Program is specifically looking for cutting-edge ideas that seek to jointly leverage the power of new “organic” data that are available to social scientists and more conventional design data (census or survey data) to answer critical social science research questions. Traditionally, social scientists engaged in data-intensive research have relied on design data to test their hypotheses and theories. Organic data are seen by some scholars as a game changer because of the volume of data, their currency and quasi-continuous streaming, and fine granularity. Yet organic data present numerous challenges. Research designs that closely articulate the use of organic and design data may be the next frontier in computational social science research.
The program targets seed funding requests in the range of $10,000 to $25,000 that are critically important in the early stages of the formation of a team, early stages of development of research ideas, or even in assembling a pilot data set or conducting a small case study that can be used to suggest the usefulness of a concept to secure a larger external grant. All proposals must be submitted by a team of UNC Charlotte researchers in different disciplines (which commonly would mean different departments). Some team members may hail from traditions other than the social sciences (e.g., data sciences, natural sciences, statistics, engineering, etc.). Although collaborators external to UNC Charlotte may be included, our focus is on supporting the formation of new research teams based at UNC Charlotte.
Project Mosaic will work with the awardees to secure access to organic data layers that may be available through the Data Science Initiative’s System for Observation of Populous and Heterogeneous Information (SOPHI).
- CSS-SG proposals range from $10,000-$25,000.
- CSS-SG proposals should be concise and must be submitted by May 15, 2016 at 5pm.
- The Project Mosaic Director will appoint a review panel to evaluate the proposals whose purpose will be to advise on the funding priorities of the CSS-SG Program.
To be considered for a Computational Seed Grant, please review the following documents and submit the required criteria:
Should you have any questions about this seed funding opportunity, please contact:
(Updated April 6, 2016)