In October 2019, the ISRF launched its sixth Flexible Grants for Small Groups competition. Award decisions were announced in March 2020.
In July 2020, the ISRF launched its seventh Independent Scholar Fellowship competition. Award decisions were announced in December 2020.
The Independent Social Research Foundation and the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour awarded the 2020 ISRF Essay Prize in Social Theory to Dr Doron Shultziner (Hadassah Academic College Jerusalem) & Dr Sarah Goldberg (Technion Israel Institute of Technology) for their essay The Stages of Mass Mobilization: Separate Phenomena and Distinct Causal Mechanisms.
An ISRF Book Launch series commenced in 2020 with Freedom: The One Good Thing That We’ve Got?, a book launch and conversation with Professor Annelien de Dijn, author of the book Freedom: An Unruly History.
The 2020 ISRF Annual Workshop, and the Economics & Semiotics Workshop, were postponed due to Covid-19.