The SPSSI Grants-in-Aid wishes wishes to support scientific research in social problem areas related to the basic interests and goals of SPSSI and particularly those that are not likely to receive support from traditional sources. The Committee especially encourages proposals involving (a) unique and timely research opportunities, (b) underrepresented institutions, graduate students, and junior scholars, (c) volunteer research teams, and (d) actual, not pilot, projects. Funds are not normally provided for travel to conventions, travel or living expenses while conducting research, stipends of principal investigators, costs associated with manuscript preparation, or the indirect costs of institutions.

The applicant must be a member of SPSSI. Applicants may submit only one application per deadline. If an applicant has applied to the Clara Mayo Grant in the same award year (July 1 – June 30), she or he is not eligible to apply for GIA. Individuals may submit a joint application. In case of proposals of comparable quality, preference is given to applications from scholars working in circumstances where research support is limited. Documentation of submission to the applicant’s Institution IRB must accompany every submission.

Award Amounts

  • Funding up to $1000 is available for graduate student research.  In the case of graduate students, strong preference is given to applications from students at the dissertation stage of their career.
  • Funding up to $2000 is available for research by SPSSI members who already have a Ph.D. In exceptional circumstances the amount may exceed $2000.


  • Annual Spring Deadline: May 15th.
  • Annual Fall Deadline: October 15th.

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