Collaborative Research Initiative Grant (C-RIG)

2020 Call for Proposals

  • Call for Proposals is now closed

The UCSB Institute for Social, Behavioral, & Economic Research, in conjunction with the Office of Research announces the 2020 Call for Proposals for the Collaborative Research Initiative Grant (C-RIG). The purpose of this program is to provide resources to encourage the formation of new multidisciplinary and multi-methodological collaborative groups which will seek extramural funding through the creation of working groups and/or execution of pilot studies. Although the PI(s) must be ladder faculty from UCSB, researchers from other institutions can be involved, including co-PIs and those who are not ladder faculty. Interdisciplinary research using any of the methodological or theoretical paradigms within the social and humanistic social sciences is welcome, as well as collaborations with colleagues in the hard sciences. All eligible faculty members are encouraged to apply. This call is also open to collaborative projects related to RAPID COVID-19 related research with expedited approval and funding, see below for specific instructions for the submission and review process.


Ladder faculty members of all ranks from all academic departments are eligible to submit proposals provided the research focuses on a social science topic that is interdisciplinary in nature. Previous recipients of awards from the ISBER Grants Programs are allowed to apply, provided they have expended all funds and submitted annual report for prior project(s), the requested funding is for a new project. Graduate students are not eligible to apply.

The program will fund the development of new interdisciplinary and multi-methodological collaborative teams and research projects, as long as there will be an identifiable outcome or product from the funded activity, such as an extramural grant proposal, a co-authored publication, or a multi-disciplinary conference. Priority will be given to projects likely to lead to extramural funding. We particularly encourage proposals incorporating faculty across different departments and divisions. Faculty who have never received funding under the SSRGP and pre-tenure faculty are especially encouraged to apply. However, all proposals for social science research projects will be considered. A list of all previously funded projects is available on the ISBER website.

Budgets and allowable expenses

The maximum allowable request under this program is $8,000. The program will permit the following types of funding when adequately justified:

  • Travel: for the purpose of meeting with collaborators to develop and write extramural proposals, meeting with program directors at potential funding agencies, pilot research
  • Student research assistance: UCSB graduate or undergraduate students only; no GSHIP and fees; no postdocs
  • Research expenses, supplies, & services
  • Publication costs (e.g., purchase of maps, prints, etc.)

Items that will not be funded:

  • Faculty salaries
  • Equipment costing more than $500
  • Conference travel, unless meeting at a conference is the most efficient way to meet with your research team (explain this in detail in your budget justification)
  • Replacement funding to permit release from teaching.

Timeline for proposed work and award administration
All regular projects funded in this cycle will have a start date of July 1, 2020 and an end date of June 30, 2022—up to a two year time frame in order to allow for a likely late start and disruptions in research schedules arising from restrictions connected with the ongoing Coronavirus response. RAPID COVID-19 projects may have earlier start dates. Upon written request and adequate justification, an additional 12 month extension may be granted. Extensions beyond 12 months are unlikely, given the seed funding nature of the grants. All project funds will be directly administered by ISBER.

Evaluation and review
The competitive review of eligible proposals will be undertaken by an interdisciplinary committee of social science faculty. Proposals will be reviewed for their quality, significance, clarity, feasibility, and promise for future extramural funding. A summary of the panel discussion, including suggestions for improvement, will be provided whether or not the project is funded. Additionally, funding may be made contingent on a revision of the proposal or additional information requested by the review panel. Funding decisions will be provided by the end of June, 2020.

Completed regular proposals should include the following (see guidelines below for RAPID COVID-19 proposals):

  • Name, department, and institution of all investigators, identifying the lead investigator
  • Project abstract (250 words)
  • A list of other funding received for the proposed project
  • A list of any previous ISBER award(s) and the academic outcomes or products resulting from the awards
  • Proposal narrative, including: research question(s), theoretical framework and significance, research methods, and plan of work, including timeline for collaborative meetings and activities (4 pp. single spaced maximum, 11 pt. type)
  • List of target extramural funding grants/sources or publication outlets (journal or press) that will result from the collaboration within two years of the funding.
  • References cited (no page limit)
  • Budget & Budget Justification (contact ISBER’s SSRGP & C-RIG proposal coordinator Shawn Barcelona, for assistance)
  • C.V.s for all investigators (abbreviated 2-page maximum)

Submission of Regular Proposals

Proposals for both the SSRGP & C-RIG must be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020 electronically at:

Collaborative Research Initiative Grant

RAPID COVID-19 Proposal Instructions

Any eligible investigator may submit a RAPID COVID-19 proposal at any time. A RAPID COVID-19 proposal should involve research that is collaborative and has severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to, data, facilities or specialized equipment, related to the current international COVID-19 pandemic. 

ISBER will initiate a 1-week ad hoc peer review and disbursement of funds for successful proposals. RAPID COVID-19 grants are subject to the budget and allowable expenses guidelines above, except no travel is allowable. The proposed research must be conducted remotely, and cannot require faculty or students to travel, work from the UCSB campus, or meet in person with collaborators or human subjects. PIs must have IRB human subjects approval before the research begins, and ISBER and the Research Development office will help facilitate timely IRB review.

For the RAPID COVID-19 mechanism, PIs should submit a project description that includes:

  • Proposal narrative, including: research question(s), theoretical framework and significance, research methods, plan or work, and statement as to why the proposed research is of an urgent nature (3 pp. single spaced maximum, 11 pt. type)
  • References cited (no page limit)
  • Budget Outline & Budget Justification (if awarded ISBER staff will work with investigators to finalize an allowable budget)
  • C.V. for each investigator (abbreviated 2-page maximum)

PIs should submit their RAPID-COVID-19 proposal directly by e-mail to Stuart Smith ( and Barbara Walker (


For more information, please contact: Shawn Barcelona, x5697, For assistance with team formation and/or proposal development, please contact: 

Barbara Walker, x3576,