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An updated version of the Science, Technology and Society (STS) Frequently Asked Questions is now available and can be accessed via publication NSF 14-089.

Normally, the STS web site lists two deadlines per year:  February 1 and August 1. Currently, only the August 1 deadline is listed. The reason for this is that the solicitation is due to expire at the end of August 2014. The program hopes to have a new solicitation in place sometime in September. There will again be two deadlines per year as before, except for Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant proposals, which will have only one deadline per year, August 1.

Frederick Kronz-Program Director, (703) 292-7283

Linda Layne-Program Director, (703) 292-5026

Steven Deitz-Science Assistant, (703) 292-4927

Tracy N. Wigglesworth-Program Asst, (703) 292-4882

Solicitation 12-509

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.

STS considers proposals for scientific research into the interface between science (including engineering) or technology, and society. STS researchers use diverse methods including social science, historical, and philosophical methods. Successful proposals will be transferrable (i.e., generate results that provide insights for other scientific contexts that are suitably similar). They will produce outcomes that address pertinent problems and issues at the interface of science, technology and society, such as those having to do with practices and assumptions, ethics, values, governance, and policy.

The STS review process is approximately six months. It includes appraisal of proposals by ad hoc reviewers selected for their expertise and by an advisory panel that meets twice a year. The deadlines for the submission of proposals are February 1st for proposals to be funded as early as July, and August 1st for proposals to be funded in or after January.

The Program encourages potential investigators with questions as to whether their proposal fits the goals of the program to contact one of the program officers.

This program provides educational opportunities for

Graduate Students

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

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