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Social Science Research Council (SSRC) 2005f
810 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10019, United States
tel:1-212 377 2700 fax:1-212 377 2727

Organizational Status: Independent institute, founded in 1923.

General Description: SSRC comprises social and behavioral scientists and humanists from all over the world. Throughout its history, the council has established intellectual bridges between academies, foundations, the disciplines, government, and the public. SSRC advances the quality and effectiveness of research in the social sciences and encourages scholars in different disciplines-including those that are adjuncts to the social sciences in the humanities and in the biological and natural sciences-to work together on topical, conceptual, and methodological issues that can benefit from interdisciplinary and international collaboration. Also, SSRC links researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in exploring new intellectual paths and testing theories and methods against challenges of national and international concern. The council's work is carried out through workshops and conferences, research consortia, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges, fellowships and grants, and publications. SSRC usually supports two to three dozen programs directed by a small professional staff, organizing groups of volunteer scholars and researchers into steering committees, research networks, screening panels, and working groups. Members are drawn from universities, research institutions, and NGOs from around the world.

Annual Budget:

Staff: 79 (43 research, 36 administrative/support), 2 intern

Executive Officers:
Dr. CALHOUN, Craig (President)
Dr. McDONNELL, Mary Byrne (Executive Director)

(As of November, 2004)

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