SSD Grant Policy
The Division of the Social Sciences grant policy is designed to provide faculty with the freedom and flexibility to pursue lines of inquiry wherever they may lead, to sustain an institutional environment capable of catalyzing and advancing field-defining research, and to balance the pursuit of faculty research opportunities with other responsibilities (teaching, student advising and mentorship, and departmental service), while at the same time ensuring compliance with University and governmental regulations. View the full SSD Grant Policy.
Data Resources for Research
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented major challenges to researchers in conducting studies and accessing resources. In order to assist faculty, students, and research staff who are in need of data to complete their studies, the Social Sciences Research Center has launched the Data Resources for Research guide. This guide provides an overview of available datasets, research tools, and computing resources. View the guide.
Digital Archival Research Guide
The unprecedented events of the COVID-19 pandemic have emerged as an opportunity to utilize new methods and sources for data collection. Digital archival research in particular is emerging as an important aspect of research during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, its overall benefits will continue to make digital archival research an attractive option in the future.
View the guide.
Research Computing Center
Dedicated to providing the University of Chicago community a full-service high-performance computing (HPC) center, including visualization resources, access to software, workshops, one-on-one consulting with domain experts, and complete data-management strategies to researchers across all departments and divisions. Begin here.
Social Sciences Computing Services
Provides faculty with technical and desktop support, access to University-licensed software, discounted rates for purchasing software, and equipment, and use of the Division’s server. The SSD has a Divisional Security Officer whose focus is to accelerate and facilitate data security compliance with project agreements held by the University of Chicago by helping faculty, researchers, and staff streamline these details into their research processes. View the SSD Computing Resources one-pager for a list of additional services.
For more information, visit the SSCS website.
Provides faculty and students with technical support, access to University-licensed software, discounted rates for purchasing cloud storage, software, and equipment, and web hosting. See below for a list of services or visit their website.
UChicago Virtual Lab
Faculty and students may access licensed academic software from the campus network using vLab, a remote desktop computing environment. Available software includes MATLAB, ArcGIS, SPSS, R, Stata, and Mathematica. Begin here.
IT Services offers discounted rates for cloud computing through university-wide agreements with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. Learn more.
- Google Suite: UChicago makes G Suite for Education available to all faculty, students, and staff, including: Gmail, Docs, Drive (with unlimited storage), Calendar, and Sites. Learn more.
- UChicago Box: A cloud-based storage service that provides unlimited free, online space for storing or sharing files. Files stored on Box can be synced and accessed from desktops, mobile devices, and laptops. Log in here.
- OneDrive: File storage and sharing, desktop syncing, and mobile Microsoft apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, etc.).
IT Services offers discounts on some computer hardware. It is possible to purchase used equipment at a discount through the Leasing Office – used monitors for your RAs can be purchased for $30. Contact IT Services for specific availability and pricing: Dial (2-5800) or contact IT via email.
University of Chicago Library
The University of Chicago Library serves its users from 6 locations at the heart of campus, providing users with rapid access to its collections, research and study spaces, and diverse services.
The Center for Digital Scholarship is a resource hub for digital methods in research and learning. The Center provides consultations and services on digital projects, data, and research dissemination. It also connects scholars and students to resources within the Library and on campus to enable their scholarship. Explore the digital tools and services offered at the Library and the University:
- Find, Create, & Clean Data
- Mine, Analyze, & Visualize Data
- Store, Share, & Manage Research
UChicago Library has set up DMPTool to guide UChicago researchers to think through activities involved in managing and sharing research data. Librarians are available for consultation to assist researchers with file naming and versioning, data description, and options for data sharing. A guide is updated regularly to inform researchers of recommended practices of and online resources for DMS.
- Digital Publishing & Exhibits
- Author Toolkit: Copyright, Open Access, Citation Tools
The Library has entered into transformative agreements with select publishers that enable UChicago faculty, students, and staff to publish their research as open access (OA) journal articles without an article processing charge (APC). The journals covered by the agreements span a broad spectrum of disciplines, from Philosophy and Sociology to Optical Microsystems and Global Public Health.
- Preserve Research
The Library manages Knowledge@UChicago, a digital repository that provides seamless access to the University’s research outputs and scholarly work. UChicago researchers can deposit their datasets and publications in the repository in compliance with funders’ access policies. Items available from Knowledge@UChicago are assigned a digital object identifier (DOI) to facilitate citation in scholarly literature.
The Survey Lab is a research center in the Division of the Social Sciences. The Survey Lab provides high-quality data collection and consulting services to academic researchers, university administrators, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Survey lab staff can assist you with survey design, methodology, and data collection. Learn more.