Deadline Extended! Submit proposals by March 23, 2018.
Social Science Matrix, UC Berkeley’s cross-disciplinary social science incubator, invites faculty, students, and researchers to submit proposals for Matrix Research Teams for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Matrix Research Teams are groups of scholars who gather regularly to explore or develop a novel question of significance in the social sciences. Successful research teams integrate participants from several social-science disciplines and diverse ranks (i.e. faculty and graduate students); address a compelling research question with real-world significance; and deploy or develop appropriate methodologies in creative ways.
Matrix teams may address any social science research question, theoretical or empirical, drawing on any of the social sciences. Matrix is especially interested in original and emerging interdisciplinary approaches that explore new theoretical and empirical questions, and that combine research at different scales and from different methodologies.
Matrix supports two kinds of Research Teams:
- Prospecting Teams receive funding in the amount of $1500. They run for a single semester, typically meeting 5-6 times, and explore a new area or question of inquiry and assess whether it has potential for further investigation. Where appropriate, funds may be used for a single event, such as a workshop. Depending on their progress, Prospecting Teams may convert to Project Teams and receive additional funding through a subsequent funding cycle.
- Project Teams receive funding in the amount of $5000. They run for two semesters, meeting at least once a month around a defined research problem. Project teams work toward producing an output, such as a proposal for external funding, a workshop or conference, or a joint publication.
In addition to funding, all Matrix Teams receive administrative support in coordinating, scheduling, reserving space in our offices on the top floor of Barrows Hall. All teams receive assistance with administering funding, as well as research development assistance from Matrix staff in identifying and applying for further funding. Matrix provides communications support to help publicize each group’s work, and we can help organize travel for a team’s participants or guests to come to Berkeley. Note that funds may not be used to support conference travel or stipends for team leaders.
All research teams are expected to submit a report at the conclusion of their term. For more information—including overviews of past examples of Matrix Research Teams—see http://matrix.berkeley.edu/initiatives/matrix-seminars.
How to Apply
Submit proposals (either in .PDF or .DOC format).
Applications should be submitted by March 23, 2018 at 5PM.
All UC Berkeley faculty, students, and researchers are eligible for funding for a 2018-2019 Matrix Research Team.