Special Call for Short-term Empirical Research 2023-24 -- Guidelines

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1. Introduction

The advancement of social science research stands as a paramount objective of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). To fulfill this objective, the Council extends research grants to Indian scholars for the pursuit of research in social sciences. These grants are designed to enable social scientists to engage in pioneering research endeavors across a wide spectrum of social science disciplines, encompassing thematic areas with profound theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and policy implications. The ICSSR supports research projects which are innovative, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature.

ICSSR is inviting proposals from Indian scholars/researchers/academicians for short-term projects of 6 months duration on selected schemes and policy initiatives of the government. A rigorous assessment of the reach and socio-economic impact of the specific scheme/policy initiative is expected to be carried out. These studies will be based on field work focused on a specific geographical region, which may be an urban, semi-urban or rural area.