Office of Social Science Research (OSSR)

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.


  • 1987 under the leadership of Director John Gardiner, OSSR expanded its capabilities to facilitate efforts

  • 2002 OSSR was reconfigured to expand its support services for externally funded research activities in the basic social sciences at UIC.

  • $10 Today, OSSR provides grant services to more than 12 departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,


by social scientists to secure external funding and to support interdisciplinary social science research activities.


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.

$10 Million

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