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Biological Anthropology

Important Announcement

The Biological Anthropology Program (Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences) conducts competitions for both the regular research (Senior) awards and the doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (DDRIG) on a staggered 8-month interval cycle.

For the upcoming Senior Research target dates within the next 365 days, please see below. Future Senior Research target dates for the next three years beyond the ones currently displayed on the Biological Anthropology web site are: 7/15/2015, 3/16/2016, 11/16/2016, and 7/19/2017.  For the deadline dates specific to the upcoming DDRIG competitions, you must consult the Biological Anthropology Program - DDRIG Solicitation which lists all the DDRIG deadline dates and provides detailed information on these grants.

Name Email Phone Room
Rebecca  Ferrell-Program Director (703) 292-7850   
Tanika  M. Malloy-Program Specialist (703) 292-8962   


Apply to PD 98-1392 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via the NSF Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Target Date:  November 16, 2016

Senior Research

Full Proposal Target Date:  July 19, 2017

Senior Research


The Biological Anthropology Program supports basic research in areas related to human evolution and contemporary human biological variation. Research areas supported by the program include, but are not limited to, human genetic variation, human and nonhuman primate ecology and adaptability, human osteology and bone biology, human and nonhuman primate paleontology, functional anatomy, and primate socioecology. Grants supported in these areas are united by an underlying evolutionary framework, and often by a consideration of adaptation as a central theoretical theme. Many proposals also have a biocultural orientation. The program frequently serves as a bridge within NSF between the social and behavioral sciences and the natural and physical sciences, and proposals commonly are jointly reviewed and funded with other programs.

For more information about Multidisciplinary Research and Training Opportunities, please visit the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities web site.

For additional, specific information on the Biological Anthropology Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIGs) solicitation, please visit the Biological Anthropology DDRIG program web site.


Biological Anthropology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants

High-Risk Research in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions:

Faculty Early Career Development Program

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program