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Social Media and Democracy Research Grants

Proposals for Social Media and Democracy Research Grants should examine the impact of social media and related digital technologies on democracy and elections, generate insights to inform policy at the intersection of media, technology, and democracy, and advance new avenues for future research.

Researchers whose proposals are selected for support will receive research funding via the Social Science Research Council and access to Facebook data via Social Science One. The first dataset is a database of Facebook URL shares; details about these data, including the codebook can be found at the Social Science One Dataverse repository.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, with the next round of review beginning November 6, 2018.  

Preparing Your Application
Detailed submission guidelines and requirements are outlined in the Request for Proposals (RFP).

Funding requests may not exceed $50,000 inclusive of any institutional indirect costs, which may not exceed 15% of the award amount.

This program does not provide pre-submission review of proposals, but staff can answer questions about the program submitted to: socialdata@ssrc.org.

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Social Media and Democracy Research Grants are funded by a group of charitable foundations including Laura and John Arnold Foundation, The Democracy Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Charles Koch Foundation, Omidyar Network, and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.