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Law & Social Sciences  (LSS)

Special Announcements

The National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice are pleased to announce signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines a framework for cooperation and collaboration in the social, behavioral, and forensic sciences.  For more information concerning the announcement of this partnership, see its Dear Colleague Letter.

LSS Program Clarifications

  • Please note that the competition for DDRIG proposals is annual, and the next due date is January 15.  Please see the LSS DDRIG web site for additional information.

  • Please attend to the Law & Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellows announcement in the solicitation.  Please note that the fellowships are project-based, and that they require at least two PIs from different disciplines.  PIs are to have a project upon which a postdoctoral fellow will work.

  • Please note the description of conference and workshop awards.  Law and Social Sciences will make awards that promote interactions among scholars from multiple disciplines and that will include younger scholars and increase the participation of members of underrepresented groups, in keeping with NSF policy.

CONTACTS

Name Email Phone Room
Helena  Silverstein hsilvers@nsf.gov (703) 292-7023   
Allison  Smith asmith@nsf.gov (703) 292-7094  995 N  
Fatima  J. Touma ftouma@nsf.gov (703) 292-7320  995 N  

PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  12-507

DUE DATES

Full Proposal Target Date:  January 15, 2015

Full Proposal Target Date:  August 3, 2015

August 1, Annually Thereafter

SYNOPSIS

The Law & Social Sciences Program considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules.  The program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological.  Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior.  Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, with the participation of multiple actors.  Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems including though not limited to:

  1. Crime, Violence and Punishment
  2. Economic Issues
  3. Governance
  4. Legal Decisionmaking
  5. Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice
  6. Litigation and the Legal Profession

LSS provides the following modes of support:

  1. Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research
  2. Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
  3. Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships
  4. Workshop and Conference Proposals

 

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program

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