Will nonprofit funding be the standard for all research organized under Social Science One?

The structure of diverse nonprofit philanthropic foundations pooling their funding and regranting from SSRC was especially helpful for the Facebook partnership because the topic area – the effects of social media on elections and democracy – is among the most sensitive and highly charged partisan issue areas. As such, Social Science One and SSRC have financial independence from Facebook and decision-making independence from both Facebook and any one foundation.

In less sensitive areas of research, and when appropriate, Social Science One may consider enabling private firms to fund research as well. Our two-part structure, and other procedures we will put in place, will continue to fully insulate researchers from undue financial influence by those funding the research.