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Yankelovich Grant Applications - AY 2021-2022


This call for applications provides three opportunities for UC San Diego Division of Social
Sciences faculty and graduate students to apply for funding to develop impactful solutions and to
develop and advance engaged partnerships with policy makers and practitioners on the ground:

• Yankelovich Research Grants: Up to three Pilot Grants providing $50,000-$75,000 each during the 2021-2022 academic year, which will be followed with a call for one Yankelovich Impact Grant of up to $300,000 (given over three years) next year.

• Yankelovich Graduate Research Funding: To empower ten graduate students to advance impactful research agendas, the Yankelovich Center will provide $2,500 each.

• Yankelovich Partnership-Building Grants: To advance the Yankelovich Center’s goal of building sustained and engaged partnerships between research and practitioners, the Center will provide a total of $25,000 in funding to create and to deepen partnerships.

Yankelovich Center Call for Research Grant Applications - Closed

The Yankelovich Center seeks applications from UC San Diego Social Science faculty interested in developing major research programs aimed at addressing pressing social problems in the United States. The Center will not only provide substantial financial support, but will also offer assistance to help awardees develop research-practice partnerships and disseminate their work to a broader public audience.

To begin, and to help faculty develop ideas and test concepts, the Center will allocate $150,000 for up to three Pilot Grants of $50,000-$75,000 each during the 2021-2022 academic year. As the year draws to a close, one or more faculty members will be invited to apply for a Yankelovich Impact Grant of up to $300,000 (given over three years).

Center leaders working alongside the UCSD Vice Chancellor for Research will help grant awardees embrace best practices that increase the likelihood that these grants serve as tests of concept and incubators for large-scale government grants from funders like NSF and NIH.

Pilot Grant Application


Who can apply

Grants will be open to all social science faculty at UCSD. Projects may also include researchers in other divisions at UCSD or at other universities or research institutions.

Criteria on which proposals will be judged

  1. Focus on impactful solutions. Projects should aim to make a significant impact on pressing social problems in the United States. Projects will be evaluated both on their ability to discover or verify one or more feasible solutions as well as on their plans to actively engage with policy makers or to partner with practitioners on the ground.
  2. Quality of the proposed research, including the appropriateness of the design and methods to be used as well as the feasibility of the proposed reform plans.
  3. Proposals that indicate a partner, or written expression of interest in the study, from government institutions (local, state, and/or federal), schools, nonprofits, and/or business organizations will receive special consideration.
  4. Our grants are intended to fund the initial stages of potentially larger projects with significant prospects for raising extramural funding, including formulating promising hypotheses and gathering preliminary evidence on their potential for making a major impact. Possible funding sources and research capabilities for next steps should be clearly specified in the proposal.

Funding amount. $50,000-$75,000

Requirements. Recipients of grants will agree to write a 1-3 page write-up of results and lessons for policymakers, even if preliminary, for posting on the Yankelovich Center website. Where appropriate, recipients may be asked to participate in a briefing regarding the research with relevant audiences in the policymaking or media sectors.

Proposal content

A. Project description [maximum 2 pages, single-spaced]
         1. Description of project and activities that will be supported.
         2. Explanation of how this project fits into the faculty member’s broader research agenda
         3. Description of the project’s significance for the field
         4. Subsequent external funding proposals that this project will lead to, specifying viable funding opportunities.

B. Budget and Budget Narrative [maximum 2 pages, single-spaced]
         1. Other funding the researcher(s) has/have been awarded for this and other current projects
         2. Evidence of financial need (for instance, lack of startup or existing grant resources).
         3. Budget Narrative
         4. Draft Budget

C. A brief description (maximum 100 words) for a general audience of the proposed activity and its impact, to be used in public communication about divisional activities.

Submission deadline. December 15

How to submit. Email your submission as a pdf document to the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research at yankelovich-grants@ucsd.edu.

Evaluation Process. Yankelovich Center Selection Committee


Yankelovich Graduate Research Funding - Closed

To empower graduate students to advance their research agendas, the Yankelovich Center will provide up to $2,500 each to individual graduate students to advance their research agendas, based on a simple one-page application. Proposals can include relationship-building with the potential users of research. Up to $25,000 overall will be available for the coming academic year.

Who can apply? PhD students in the Division of Social Sciences who have advanced to candidacy.

Application Requirements. [Maximum one page, single-spaced] Describe your research project, your need for funding, the original contribution you will make, and how this will inform or impact real-world practices. If other funds are necessary for the successful execution of this project, please note the source of those funds and whether they have been committed. Include the name and email address of your dissertation advisor. Upon completion of the project, awardees will provide a one-page summary of their research and its impact to the Center.

Submission Deadline. The Yankelovich Center will accept applications beginning November 1, 2021 and continue to accept them on a rolling basis throughout the academic year until it has committed all funds. How to submit. Email your submission as a pdf document to the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research at yankelovich-grants@ucsd.edu.


Yankelovich Partnership-Building Grants - Closed

To advance the Yankelovich Center’s goal of building sustained and engaged partnerships between research and practitioners, the Center will provide a total of $25,000 in funding to create and to deepen these partnerships. The two funding opportunities are:

• $1,000 for a faculty member or graduate student to conduct an in-depth meeting with a potential partner to ascertain this group’s research needs and to contribute a 500-word document that will be part of the “Yankelovich Assessment of Research-Practitioner Needs” series. The partner could be a nonprofit organization, another type of community group, a government entity, or another venue for policymaking. This document will be intended to provide interested researchers with information about topics of vital interest to the research partner, opportunities to collaborate, and the name and contact information of a lead collaborator.

• $2,500 for a convening multiple potential research-practice partners organized by one or more faculty members to discuss research needs and opportunities for collaboration. Awardees will contribute a 500-word document that will be part of the “Yankelovich Assessment of Research-Practitioner Needs” series. The partners could be nonprofit organizations, other types of community groups, government entities, other venues for policymaking, or combinations of such groups. This document will be intended to provide interested researchers with information about topics of vital interest to this community of practitioners, opportunities to collaborate, and the name and contact information of lead collaborators at each organization.

Who can apply? Faculty (for convening grants) and faculty or graduate students (for partner meetings) at any point in their career in the Division of Social Sciences.

Application Requirements. [Maximum one page, single-spaced] Describe the group and/or groups that you will bring together and why creating a partnership could yield a productive engagement. Upon completion of the project, awardees will provide a 500-word document that will be part of the “Yankelovich Assessment of Research-Practitioner Needs” series.

Submission Deadline. The Yankelovich Center will accept applications beginning November 1, 2021 and continue to accept them on a rolling basis throughout the academic year until it has committed all funds.

How to submit. Email your submission as a pdf document to the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research at yankelovich-grants@ucsd.edu.