Updated Jul 09, 2020

Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grants

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), as part of its Just Tech program, seeks proposals from across the social sciences and related fields that address the risks, opportunities, and challenges posed by public health surveillance stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic. We specifically encourage proposals that interrogate the role the public and private sectors may play in mitigating or exacerbating the health crisis, the effects of which are already unevenly distributed.

While new knowledge is urgently needed, in the conditions of the present moment many social research methodologies are either not possible or require adaptation in order to protect the health and safety of both researchers and research subjects. The Just Tech Rapid-Response Grants will thus support innovative research projects that deploy remote research methods to shed light on both the short- and potential long-term implications of public health interventions for a range of rights, liberties, and public goods. Subjects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Contact tracing and public health surveillance
  • Voting access and rights amid “lockdowns” and widespread social distancing
  • Disparities in the collection, representation, and use of health data
  • The digital divide in remote work and learning, education, and public health
  • Precarity of labor and work in the tech industry or gig economy
  • Remote organizing, campaigning, and social movements
  • The impact of predictive algorithms on the provision of social welfare and policing
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GrantType
Aug 31, 2020Deadline
$5,000 - $10,000Amount
6 months Duration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionAfrica, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America / Caribbean, North America, Middle East and North Africa and Low and Middle Income Countries
CountryN/A
Focus Areas
The Just Tech program invites proposals for Rapid-Response Grants from researchers—based at both academic and nonacademic institutions—who hold a PhD in any social science discipline or related interdisciplinary field.

Application Directions

Applications may be submitted through the SSRC's application portal, and will be accepted on a rolling basis.


ATTACHMENTS

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