OSP FO# 11-048

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)/Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)

PROGRAM: High-Risk Research in Physical Anthropology and Archaeology (HRRPAA)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to support high-risk, exploratory proposals that can lead to significant new anthropological knowledge.  Anthropological research may be conducted under unusual circumstances, often in distant locations. As a result the ability to conduct potentially important research may hinge on factors that are impossible to assess from a distance and some projects with potentially great payoffs may face difficulties in securing funding. This program gives small awards that provide investigators with the opportunity to assess the feasibility of an anthropological research project. The information gathered may then be used as the basis for preparing a more fully developed research program. Projects which face severe time constraints because of transient phenomena or access to materials may also be considered.


FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF expects to make approximately 5 awards. Individual awards are limited to $35,000 and one year duration.

John E. Yellen, Program Director
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 995 N
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-8759
Fax: (703) 292-9068
Email: jyellen@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08523/nsf08523.htm

REMARKS: Investigators must contact the cognizant NSF Program Director before submitting a proposal to determine whether the proposed work is appropriate for program support.

Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. Brink Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 08-523 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.