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The Political Science program is currently creating its Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants Solicitation.  The next deadline for proposals for this competition will not occur prior to the end of January 2015.

Brian Humes-Program Director, (703) 292-7284
Room 995 N

Lee D. Walker-Program Director, (703) 292-7808
Room 995 N

Allison Smith-Program Specialist, (703) 292-7094
Room 995 N

Fatima J. Touma - Science Assistant, (703) 292-7320
Room 995 N

Apply to PD 98-1371 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 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 Target Date:  January 15, 2015

Annually Thereafter

January 15, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Target Date:  August 15, 2015

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)


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