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Grant Development Programs

CCSS has several programs to support Cornell social science researchers pursuing external funding opportunities. 

Grant Writing Support Program

One of the biggest challenges when writing grant proposals is finding time to organize research ideas, preliminary findings, and proposed research into the format required by the grant agency. To help researchers with this process, CCSS and OVPRI have partnered to provide past CCSS grantees and fellows with funding for grant writing services to assist with ambitious external grant applications. These funds can be used to hire grant writers, content editors, or proofreaders. If these services would be helpful, CCSS can help connect you with relevant grant-writing experts. 

To be eligible to receive these funds, the PI must have received grant or fellowship funding from CCSS within the past three years, and the proposed project should build upon your CCSS grant or research in some way.

For CCSS grantees interested in the program: Apply Here

Questions? Email socialsciences@cornell.edu

Accelerated Grant Research Fellows Program

Funding opportunities increasingly follow a two-phased approach to promote research that influences societal-level changes at a rapid pace. After a “phase one” award, research teams have a short window to complete the proposed research and compete for an even more ambitious “phase two” of the project. The CCSS Accelerated Research Fellows program supports Cornell faculty applying to multi-phase social science research grants. To support their phase one research and to help maximize the opportunities for a successful phase two proposal, fellows receive one course buyout (contingent on department and college approval) during their phase one year and up to $10,000 (per team) to support unanticipated costs during this year. Learn more here.

NIH Grant Development Program

The Jeb. E Brooks School of Public PolicyCornell Center for Health Equity (CCHEq), Cornell Population Center (CPC), and Cornell Center for Social Sciences are offering support to Cornell social science researchers interested in pursuing an NIH grant. This program focuses on mentoring social science researchers through the process of writing an NIH grant from concept to submission.

Cornell researchers across colleges and departments have a long record of securing NIH funding. The NIH offers RFPs that fit with many areas of social science, including psychology, sociology, communication, human development, policy, government, demography, and economics. NIH topics of interest extend broadly into the social sciences and include social determinants of health and well-being such as incarceration, racial discrimination, and social justice, along with population science on topics such as climate migration, aging, and mortality differentials.

  • Program Overview

    Applications for the 2023 NIH Grant Writing Workshop Series are due on January 30, 2023. 

    Apply Here

    PI-eligible Cornell social science researchers are eligible to participate in the formal cohort, which will attend all four workshops, create a Specific Aims page that will be reviewed, and may apply to the NIH Grant Writing Fellows Program. If there is space, additional Cornell social science researchers beyond the cohort (postdocs and ABD PhD students) are welcome to attend individual workshop sessions.

    • NIH Grant Development Program Info Session 1

      Dec 8, 2022, 10:00 AM Eastern Time 

      Join Via Zoom


      NIH Grant Development Program Info Session 2

      Jan 17, 2023, 10:00 AM Eastern Time 

      Join Via Zoom

      1. Incentivize and support high-quality federal NIH (e.g. K, R01, R03, or R21) grant submissions, with a strong likelihood of success, from social science researchers across Cornell.

      2. Provide institutional support for health and social-scientific research.

      3. Build inter-campus collaborations by leveraging NIH and social science expertise across Cornell.

      4. Proactively recruit junior faculty, particularly junior faculty of color, to increase faculty diversity and inclusion and support the next generation of research in the social sciences.

    • PI-eligible Cornell social science researchers are eligible to participate in the formal cohort, while postdocs and ABD PhD students are welcome to attend individual workshop sessions. Participants who are not affiliated with CCHEq or CPC will be encouraged to affiliate with these centers. 

      The program series consists of four, hour-long sessions (from February to early April) in which participants will work toward developing a well-considered Specific Aims page. Participants selected for the cohort attend each workshop, complete short “homework” assignments for each session, and draft a Specific Aims page. From there, they will be eligible to apply for additional funding tracks in late spring and summer.

  • Tracks and Timeline

    • After completion of the Grant Writing Workshop Series, participants will have the opportunity to apply for additional funding and support via one of two tracks in Spring 2023. 

      Cohort members who complete this process, including Specific Aims - and do not apply for one of the two tracks - will receive $3,000 in discretionary funds to pursue their research to pilot a new idea.

    • Track One: Pilot Grants

      This track is for those eligible from the workshop completion cohort who do not yet have preliminary data and are on a grant submission timeline that is after February 2024. 

      Upon completion of the workshop series, cohort members submit a revised Specific Aims page, a one-page “response to reviewers,” a description of what preliminary data is needed to enhance the competitiveness of the proposal, and a brief budget. Successful proposals receive up to $3,000 for data collection or other research-related costs associated with enhancing the project. Funds may not be used for hardware purchasing or faculty salary. 

      Track Two: Grant Writing Fellows Program

      This track is for cohort members who have identified a grant submission timeline within the 12 months following the workshop series. 

      Upon completion of the workshop series, cohort members submit (a) a revised Specific Aims page and a brief, one-page response to reviews from the original submission, (b) a PI and team (including a mentor who has agreed to the role), (c) a targeted mechanism and rationale for why the proposal is a good fit for that mechanism/call, (d) a timeline for submission of proposal, and (e) budget for proposal. 

      Mentors are selected by the PIs. Participating centers can provide assistance in helping their members identify relevant mentors. The mentor’s job is to (a) engage additional experts as needed to make the project competitive; (b) read and edit drafts of the proposal; and (c) assist with identifying institutional resources to support the proposal. Mentors will receive up to $2,500 for a commitment to mentor applicant through the grant submission process. The mentor may or may not serve as a co-PI. 

      Successful proposals receive up to $10,000 for up to 1-month of summer salary to use on grant preparation (RA, pilot data, or travel for proposal planning at researcher’s discretion). Please note that summary salary will need to be disclosed on a PI’s current and pending when submitting a proposal to NIH. 

      Fellows are expected to submit a grant proposal to NIH by February 2024 (a one-grant cycle extension is permitted – from October 2021 proposed to February 2022, for example). Upon submission, fellows receive an additional $1,000 in a discretionary or research account. 

  • Workshop Series

    NIH Grant Writing Workshops

    CCSS, in partnership with The Jeb. E Brooks School of Public PolicyCornell Center for Health Equity (CCHEq) and the Cornell Population Center (CPC) will host four, hour-long workshops open to Cornell social researchers (faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and researchers) interested in learning about the NIH grants process and developing strategies for crafting a competitive proposal. 

    PI-eligible Cornell social science researchers are eligible to participate in the formal cohort, which will attend all four workshops, create a Specific Aims page that will be reviewed, and may apply to the NIH Grant Writing Fellows Program. If there is space, additional Cornell social science researchers beyond the cohort (postdocs and ABD PhD students) are welcome to attend individual workshop sessions. Contact population@cornell.edu if you have questions or would like access to the past workshop recordings.

    Apply Here

     

    • February 10, 2023 

      12:00-1:00 pm

      This hybrid session is located at 2250 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall and via Zoom. Details forthcoming. 

    • March 3, 2023

      12:00-1:00 pm

      This session will be held via Zoom, more details forthcoming. 

    • March 24, 2023

      12:00-1:00 pm

      This session will be held via Zoom, more details forthcoming. 

    • The Grant Review Process at NIH, Recorded Session

      This session is planned to focus on the grant review process at NIH and covered four general themes:

      • An overview of the National Cancer Institute
      • Steps in the NIH Review Process
      • Best practices for Working with Program Officers
      • Strategies for Effective Social Science Grants from an NIH Insider's Perspective

      Presentations by Kelly Blake and Rebecca Clark

      Kelly Blake, Program Director at the National Cancer Institute 

      Rebecca Clark, Chief of Population Dynamics Branch at the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development

Awardees & Their Projects

The NIH Grant Development Program features three components: a four-part workshop series, pilot grants, and a grant development fellowship. 

2022 Track One Awards: Pilot Research Grants

This track is for eligible faculty from the 2022 cohort who will gather data and submit their NIH grant proposal after February 2023.

  • Kathryn Fiorella

    Public and Ecosystem Health

    Cornell Center for Health Equity Fellow, Weill Cornell Medicine

    Kathryn Fiorella
  • Peter Rich

    Brooks School of Public Policy, Sociology

    Cornell Population Center Fellow

    Peter Rich
  • Madeline Sterling

    Internal Medicine

    Cornell Center for Health Equity Fellow, Weill Cornell Medicine

    Madeline Sterling
  • Maureen Waller

    Brooks School of Public Policy, Sociology

    Cornell Population Center Fellow

    Maureen Waller

2022 Track Two Awards: Grant Development Fellowships

This track is for 2022 cohort members who will submit their NIH grant proposal on or before February 2023.

  • Angela Odoms-Young

    Division of Nutritional Sciences

    Cornell Center for Health Equity Fellow, Weill Cornell Medicine

    Angela Odoms-Young
  • Laura Pinheiro

    Internal Medicine

    Cornell Center for Health Equity Fellow, Weill Cornell Medicine

    Laura Pinheiro
  • Qi Wang

    Psychology

    Cornell Population Center Fellow

    Qi Wang
  • Matthew Wilkens

    Information Science

    Cornell Population Center Fellow

    Matthew Wilkens

2021 Track One Awards: Pilot Research Grants

This track is for eligible faculty from the 2021 cohort who will gather data and submit their NIH grant proposal after February 2022.

  • Sasha Fahme

    Internal Medicine

    Cornell Center for Health Equity Fellow, Weill Cornell Medicine

    Sasha Fahme
  • Roger Figueroa

    Division of Nutritional Sciences

    Cornell Center for Health Equity and Cornell Population Center Fellow, Division of Nutritional Sciences

    Roger Figueroa
  • Christopher Gonzalez

    Internal Medicine

    Cornell Center for Health Equity Fellow, Weill Cornell Medicine

    Christopher Gonzalez
  • Tashara Leak

    Division of Nutritional Sciences

    Cornell Center for Health Equity and Cornell Population Center Fellow, Division of Nutritional Sciences

    Tashara Leak
  • Neil Lewis, Jr.

    Communication

    Cornell Center for Health Equity Fellow, Department of Communication

    Neil Lewis, Jr.
  • Landon Schnabel

    Sociology

    Cornell Population Center Fellow, Department of Sociology

    Landon Schnabel
  • Qi Wang

    Human Development

    Cornell Population Center Fellow, Department of Human Development

    Qi Wang

Track Two Awards: Grant Development Fellowships

This track is for 2021 cohort members who will submit their NIH grant proposal on or before February 2022.

  • Jerel Ezell

    Africana Studies and Research Center

    Cornell Center for Health Equity and Cornell Population Center Fellow, Department of Africana Studies

    Jerel Ezell
  • Tristan Ivory

    International and Comparative Labor

    Cornell Population Center Fellow, Department of International and Comparative Labor

    Tristan Ivory
  • Vida Maralani

    Sociology

    Cornell Center for Health Equity and Cornell Population Center Fellow, Department of Sociology

    Vida Maralani
  • Jane Mendle

    Human Development

    Cornell Population Center Fellow, Department of Human Development

    Jane Mendle
  • Andrea Stevenson Won

    Communication

    Cornell Center for Social Sciences Fellow, Department of Communication

    Andrea Won
  • Mildred Warner

    City and Regional Planning

    Cornell Center for Health Equity and Cornell Population Center Fellow, Department of City and Regional Planning

    Mildred Warner
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