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Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

Because of the government shutdown, the SPRF October 28, 2013 proposal submission date deadline has been revised to November 12, 2013. All remaining deadline dates for this SPRF solicitation will remain the last Monday of October.

  • The degree eligibility requirement for the SPRF program is a Doctoral Degree and it does not necessarily need to be a Ph.D. Doctoral degree.
  • For a quick overview of the SPRF program, you may view its Executive Summary
  • The SPRF program neither requires nor will accept letters of recommendation.
  • All 2010-2012 Fellowship Awardees should continue to follow the guidelines of the NSF 09-595 MPRF Solicitation that they were awarded under.

Fahmida N. Chowdhury-Program Officer, (703) 292-4672

Lisa M. Jackson-Pgm Specialist, (703) 292-7882

Solicitation 12-591

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:  October 27, 2014

Last Monday in October, Annually Thereafter

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in two tracks: (i) Broadening Participation (SPRF-BP), and (ii) Interdisciplinary Research in Behavioral and Social Sciences (SPRF-IBSS).  See the full text of the solicitation for detailed description of these tracks.

This program provides educational opportunities for

Postdoctoral Fellows

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

Useful Information for SPRF Candidates
Forms for 2010-2012 Fellowship Awardees
Information for 2010-2012 Fellowship Awardees

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

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