Increase Research Innovation, Excellence, and Interdisciplinarity

Pressing social issues require theories and methods from multiple social sciences disciplines. We will improve our understanding of the social world by supporting faculty research and encouraging collaboration.

  • Raise funding to provide increased financial support for faculty and graduate student research, including interdisciplinary work
  • Create mechanisms for sharing research across the social sciences departments
  • Provide increased training, incentives, and administrative support for faculty to pursue extramural, and especially federal, grants
  • Raise a permanent endowment for STaRT@Rice
  • Increase the number of endowed chairs in the School
  • Support continuing education for faculty to update their methodological skills


  1. Articles & books published
  2. Citations
  3. Numbers of submitted and successful grant proposals
  4. Total external research dollars
  5. Total internal research dollars (SSRI)