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Effective on February 19, 2014, the NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program replaced its single solicitation with two solicitations.

This page and the solicitation highlighted below should be used by doctoral students and their advisors planning to submit Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) proposals to GSS.

The second solicitation provides information for individuals and groups interested in submitting proposals for regular research project awards; for awards for conferences, workshops, group-travel support, and community-development or community-serving activities; and for research coordination network (RCN) awards.  That solicitation also contains additional information for individuals planning to submit Faculty Early-Career Development (CAREER) proposals to GSS.  That solicitation can be accessed via http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505034.

Thomas J. Baerwald-Program Director
tbaerwal@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7301

Kelley A. Crews-Program Director
kcrews@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8457

Don Rimon-Program Assistant
drimon@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2960

For all general inquiries to the GSS program, please email gss-info@nsf.gov.  This email will reach all current GSS program officers and one of them will reply to you.

Solicitation 14-538

Important Notice to Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.

A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  August 14, 2014

DDRI Proposal-Submission Deadline

Second Thursday in August, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  February 12, 2015

DDRI Proposal-Submission Deadline

Second Thursday in February, Annually Thereafter

Starting in 2014, the deadlines for submission of full Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) proposals to the Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program are the second Thursday in February and the second Thursday in August each year.  Note that this is a change from previous GSS-DDRI deadlines, which had been in February and October.

There is one annual deadline for submission to GSS of proposals for regular research project awards; for awards for conferences, workshops, group-travel support, and community-development or community-serving activities; and for research coordination network (RCN) awards.  That deadline is the first Thursday of September.  Information about submission of these proposals to GSS is accessible at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505034.

As specified in the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program strategic plan, the goals of the NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program are the following:

  • 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.

The Geography and Spatial Sciences Program sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on Earth. Investigators 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 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.

As part of its effort to encourage and support projects that explicitly integrate education and basic research, GSS provides support to improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects undertaken by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities when the dissertation research is conducted in a scientifically sound manner and it offers strong potential for enhancing more general scientific knowledge.

This solicitation addresses the preparation and evaluation of proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) awards.

Instructions for submission of proposals for regular research awards; proposals for awards for conferences, workshops, group-travel support, and community-development or community-serving activities; proposals for research coordination network (RCN) awards; and proposals for rapid-response research (RAPID) awards appear in another GSS solicitation (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14537).

This program provides educational opportunities for

Graduate Students

. Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.

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