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Division of Social and Economic Sciences

Political Science

Important Notice

The Political Science program now has its own solicitation for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants which may be accessed via the Political Science Doctorate Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (PS DDRIG) program website.


Name Email Phone Room
Brian  Humes-Program Director bhumes@nsf.gov (703) 292-7284  995 N  
Lee  D. Walker-Program Director lwalker@nsf.gov (703) 292-7318  995 N  
Allison  Smith-Program Specialist asmith@nsf.gov (703) 292-7094  995 N  
Fatima  J. Touma - Science Assistant ftouma@nsf.gov (703) 292-7320  995 N  


Apply to PD 98-1371 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

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:  January 15, 2016

Annually Thereafter

January 15, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Target Date:  August 15, 2016

Annually Thereafter

August 15, Annually Thereafter


The Political Science Program supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include, but are not limited to, American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, and political institutions.

In recent years, program awards have supported research projects on bargaining processes; campaigns and elections, electoral choice, and electoral systems; citizen support in emerging and established democracies; democratization, political change, and regime transitions; domestic and international conflict; international political economy; party activism; political psychology and political tolerance. The Program also has supported research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations, in the discipline.

Besides information on the Political Science Program, we invite you to also look at the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) web site.






American National Election Studies

Genes, Cognition, and Social Behavior Workshop Report

Report on Qualitative Research Methods (CQRM)

Policy Agendas Project

Political Science's Workshop Transcripts and Reports

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program


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