With funding from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Office of Social Science Research (OSSR) was established in 1975 to accommodate growing interest in experimental and non-experimental research in the Social Sciences.

In 1987, under the leadership of Director John Gardiner, OSSR expanded its capabilities to facilitate efforts by social scientists to secure external funding and to support interdisciplinary social science research activities.

In 2002, OSSR was reconfigured to expand its support services for externally funded research activities in the basic social sciences at UIC. These new support services included providing technical and clerical assistance at all stages of the funding process including the search for appropriate funding agencies, the preparation of grant proposals, and the administration of grants that are awarded. In addition, OSSR began funding small seed grants, that can be evaluated with short turn-around time and providing assistance with computer software installation and upgrades.

Today, OSSR provides grant services to more than 12 departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, through the submission of proposals on behalf of faculty and doctoral students, and the administration of more than $10 million in funding from agencies such as Department of Education, National Institute of Humanities, National Institute of Justice, Ford Foundation, National Science Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, State of Illinois, among others.

Please visit our FAQ page to learn the most frequently asked questions about OSSR.



OPRS Goes Live: Monday, November 16, 2015

OSSR 2015-16 RGSP is now closed

Upcoming Events

April 7-9, 2016:

Latino Art Now! Conference at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, hosted by IUPLR. Click here for more information

April 11, 2016:

Come hear Professors Jennifer Brier and Maria Torres present on the best ways to build partnerships with community non-profit organizations. The presentation will be held in BSB conference room B102 from 12-1 PM.

April 14, 2016:
2016 Bringing Administrators Together Conference, an all-day event hosted by OBFS, will take place this year at the UIC Forum. Click here for more information

April 15 and 22, 2016:
UIC's Academic Professional Advisory Committee will host its final workshop of the academic year. Come hear Antoniah Lewis-Reese, Executive Assistant to the Dean at the UIC School of Public Health, speak on what it means to be an effective leader, both at East and West Campus locations from 12-1:30 PM. Click here to register
To learn more about OSSR's past events and workshops, click here.