Geography and Spatial Sciences Program
Cancellation of GSS DDRI Fall 13 Competition
The Fall 2013 competition for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) proposals submitted to the Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program has been cancelled. The next deadline for submission of DDRI proposals to GSS will be Thursday, February 13, 2014.
The Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE); the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS); and Geography and Spatial Sciences Program have made the difficult decision to cancel the Fall 2013 GSS DDRI competition. This cancellation decision resulted from the fact that the posted deadline for submission of DDRI proposals to the GSS Program was October 10, 2013; which fell during the 16-day time period when NSF operations were suspended due to a lapse in appropriations.
With resumption of NSF operations on October 17, SBE officials explored the possibility of conducting the competition on a modified schedule. Because a delay in the proposal-submission deadline would push the Fall 2013 competition into the early months of 2014, any investigator whose Fall 2013 proposal was declined would be unable to revise and submit a new proposal by the next proposal-submission deadline. NSF officials decided it would be best to enable all investigators to have until February 13, 2014, to submit their strongest possible proposals.
NSF anticipates conducting two GSS DDRI competitions in FY 2015.
Investigators preparing DDRI proposals for the February 13, 2014, deadline should consult the GSS solicitation (NSF 12-570) as well as either the NSF Grant Proposal Guide or the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide for instructions regarding the preparation of proposals.
Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 13, 2014
DDRI proposal submission deadline
Second Thursday in February, Annually Thereafter
Full Proposal Deadline Date: September 4, 2014
Regular proposal submission deadline
First Thursday in September, Annually Thereafter
Full Proposal Deadline Date: October 9, 2014
DDRI proposal submission deadline
Second Thursday in October, Annually Thereafter
Effective in mid-2012, the Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program will conduct one annual competition for new research proposals submitted to the program. The next deadline for submission of regular research proposals for this competition will be Thursday, September 13, 2012. In future years, the proposal-submission deadline will be the 1st Thursday of September. Based on the evaluation of proposals in that one annual competition, some investigators may be invited to revise and resubmit proposals for a follow-up competition, but that will be limited to proposals whose principal investigators received explicit invitations to resubmit from the GSS program officers. Details are provided in the "Timing of Proposal Submission and Evaluation" section below.
Note that the deadlines on the 2nd Thursday of October and the 2nd Thursday of February apply only to the submission of Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) proposals.
See the GSS Program solicitation for more information.
As specified in the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program strategic plan, the goals of the NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program are:
The Geography and Spatial Sciences Program sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on the Earth's surface. Investigations are encouraged to propose plans for research about the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. Projects on a variety of topics (both domestic and international) qualify for support if they offer promise of contributing to scholarship by enhancing geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns. GSS encourages projects that explicitly integrate undergraduate and graduate education into the overall research agenda.
- To promote scientific research in geography and the spatial sciences that advances theory and basic understanding and that addresses the challenges facing society.
- To promote the integration of geographers and spatial scientists in interdisciplinary research.
- To promote education and training of geographers and spatial scientists in order to enhance the capabilities of current and future generations of researchers.
- To promote the development and use of scientific methods and tools for geographic research.
GSS provides support through a number of different funding mechanisms:
- Regular research awards
- Doctoral dissertation research improvement (DDRI) awards
- Faculty early-career development (CAREER) awards
- Awards for conferences, workshops, group-travel support, and community-development or community-serving activities
- Research coordination network (RCN) awards
- Rapid-response research (RAPID) awards
- Early-concept grants for exploratory research (EAGER) and creative research awards for transformative interdisciplinary ventures (CREATIV) may be supported in rare and unusual cases. (GSS strives to be open to ideas and approaches in early stages of development and emphasizes the potential longer-term significance of new lines of inquiry as part of its merit evaluation of all proposals.)
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