Collaborative Projects

The ISS has launched a search for a collaborative project(s) for the term of July 2019 to June 2022. See the Call for Collaborative Projects

Description: Collaborative projects are led by a social scientist and comprised of four or five Cornell faculty with different disciplinary backgrounds. These projects typically examine contemporary social science issues of common interest.  Successful applications focus on projects that can address critical topics that build on core faculty or programmatic strengths and that can benefit immediately from an infusion of university resources.  The overall goal is to build on nascent areas of faculty expertise and create new research synergies among faculty across campus.  Some examples of timely topics could include work on national and international threats to democracy, inequality and its consequences, and implicit race and gender biases.

Prior to 2016, the ISS supported Theme Projects, but the name was changed to Collaborative Projects to emphasize ISS’ interest in projects that are interdisciplinary or include members from multiple colleges on campus.

Eligibility: The lead principal investigator must be a Cornell social science faculty member. Project members may include other social science faculty at Cornell as well as Cornell faculty from outside traditional social science disciplines, such as the physical sciences, life sciences, and information sciences.

Award & Residency:  Up to 150,000 project funding is provided for three years. Project members are in residence at the ISS during the second year.


Algorithms, Big Data, and Inequality
Pro-Social Behaviors in the Digital Age
Chinese Urban Center
China’s Cities: Divisions and Plans
Prison Cells
The Causes, Consequences, and Future of Mass Incarceration in the United States
Deportation Relief
Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Contested Global Landscapes: Property, Governance, Economy and Livelihoods on the Ground
Immigration: Settlement, Integration and Membership
Brain lit up
Judgment, Decision Making, and Social Behavior
Persistent Poverty and Upward Mobility
Occupy wall street
Contentious Knowledge: Science, Social Science and Social Movements
Getting Connected: Social Science in the Age of Networks
Family Walking In The Park
The Evolving Family: Family Processes, Contexts, and the Life Course of Children