OSP FO# 11-117

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)/Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)/Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES)/National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES)/SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA)

PROGRAM: SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to doctoral students to improve the quality of their dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student’s university, for students to undertake significant data-gathering projects, and for students to conduct field and archival research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible.

Proposals are judged on the basis of their scientific merit, including the theoretical importance of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question. The following Programs are most active in support of dissertation research: Archaeology; Cultural Anthropology; Documenting Endangered Languages; Geography and Spatial Sciences; Linguistics; Physical Anthropology; Decision, Risk & Management Science; Economics; Law and Social Science; Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics; Political Science; Science, Technology and Society; Sociology; Research on Science and Technology Surveys and Statistics Program; Science of Science and Innovation Policy.

The awards are not intended to provide the full costs of a student’s doctoral dissertation research. Funds may be used for valid research expenses which include, but are not limited to, conducting field research in settings away from campus that would not otherwise be possible, data collection and sample survey costs, payments to subjects or informants, specialized research equipment, analysis and services not otherwise available, supplies, travel to archives, travel to specialized collections and facilities or field research locations, and partial living expenses for conducting necessary research away from the student’s U.S. academic institution.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Proposals must be submitted through regular university channels by the dissertation advisor(s) on behalf of the graduate student who is at the point of initiating or already conducting dissertation research. The student must be enrolled at a U.S. institution, but need not be a U.S. citizen. Proposals from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

DEADLINE: Please see the program guidelines for specific deadlines.

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $2.5 million to support 200-300 dissertation awards. Due to the variation in research techniques and needs across the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, individual programs vary widely in award sizes. Please consult the program’s webpage or program director for specific information.

In general, grants are awarded for up to 24 months. Funds are to be used exclusively for necessary expenses incurred in the actual conduct of the dissertation research. These funds may not be used as a stipend for the student, for tuition, textbooks, notebooks, journals, or for the typing, reproduction, or publication costs of the student’s dissertation. Although stipends are not permitted, an allowance for expenses during time away from the student’s U.S. academic institution may be allowed. Funds may be requested for research assistants only in special circumstances, which should be carefully justified. Many of the limitations are program specific.

AGENCY CONTACT: For a detailed list of cognizant program officers, please consult the SBE Doctoral Dissertation Contact List: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/ddrig_contacts.jsp.

For agency contacts and the complete program guidelines please consult: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11547/nsf11547.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically by the dissertation advisor using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. 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 web site 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 11-547 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.