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Division of Social and Economic Sciences

Patricia E. White-Program Director, (703) 292-8762
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Beth A. Rubin - Program Director, (703) 292-7267
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Fatima J. Touma - Science Assistant, (703) 292-7320
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Monique Moore-Program Specialist, (703) 292-4951
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Apply to PD 98-1331 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via NSF Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines apply (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:  August 15, 2016

Regular Research

August 15, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Target Date:  January 17, 2017

Regular Research

January 15, Annually Thereafter

The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization -- societies, institutions, groups and demography -- and processes of individual and institutional change. The Program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender roles, and the sociology of science and technology. The Program supports both original data collections and secondary data analysis that use the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological tools. Theoretically grounded projects that offer methodological innovations and improvements for data collection and analysis are also welcomed. Click here for information on Strengthening Qualitative Research through Methodological Innovation and Integration. The Sociology Program also funds doctoral dissertation research to defray direct costs associated with conducting research, for example, dataset acquisition, additional statistical or methodological training, meeting with scholars associated with original datasets, and fieldwork away from the student's home campus. See the Sociology Program Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Awards Solicitation for more information on this opportunity.

Please Note: Principal Investigators should select PD 98-1331 in the program announcement/solicitation block on the proposal Cover Sheet for submission of regular research projects to the Sociology Program and NSF 14-604 for submission of Sociology Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement proposals.  Projects are evaluated using the two Foundation-wide criteria, intrinsic merit and broader impacts. In assessing the intrinsic merit of proposed research, four components are key to securing support from the Sociology Program: (1) the issues investigated must be theoretically grounded; (2) the research should be based on empirical observation or be subject to empirical validation or illustration; (3) the research design must be appropriate to the questions asked; and (4) the proposed research must advance our understanding of social processes, structures and methods.

The NSF also offers a number of specialized funding opportunities through its crosscutting and cross-directorate activities; some of the Sociology related opportunities are listed below.

Crosscutting Research & Training Opportunities:

  • ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
  • Education & Human Resources Program
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program
  • Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program
  • SBE Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MPRF)
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  • Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)
  • Science of Learning Centers (SLC)
  • Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

To get information about these programs and others, please visit the Cross-cutting and NSF-wide Active Funding Opportunities homepage.

SOCIOLOGY PROGRAM - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards

Future Investments in Large-Scale Survey Data Access and Dissemination Report
Interdisciplinary Standards for Systematic Qualitative Research
2007 Workshop on Planning for the Future of the General Social Survey
American Sociological Association
Artificial Social Intelligence
Digital Library Initiative
General Social Survey
Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS)
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
Investing in Human Resources
NetLab Workshop Report
Panel Study of Income Dynamics
Religion, Democratization, and Market Transition
Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey
Workshop on Scientific Foundations of Qualitative Research

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



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