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The standing programs in SBE (including MMS, Economics, Sociology, and GSS) no longer will be accepting Census Research Data Center (RDC) proposals into the programs for review.  NSF will issue a separate solicitation for Census RDCs during Fiscal Year 2014.  Interested investigators are encouraged to check the NSF website for updates.

Cheryl L. Eavey-Program Director, (703) 292-7269
Room 995 N

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

Solicitation 14-574

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:  January 29, 2015

Last Thursday in January, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  August 27, 2015

Last Thursday in August, Annually Thereafter

The Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS) Program is an interdisciplinary program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences that supports the development of innovative, analytical, and statistical methods and models for those sciences. MMS seeks proposals that are methodologically innovative, grounded in theory, and have potential utility for multiple fields within the social and behavioral sciences.  As part of its larger portfolio, the MMS Program partners with a consortium of federal statistical agencies to support research proposals that further the development of new and innovative approaches to surveys and to the analysis of survey data.

The MMS Program provides support through a number of different funding mechanisms.  The following mechanisms are addressed in this solicitation:

  • Regular Research Awards
  • Awards for conferences, workshops, and community-development activities
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) Grants
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Supplements

MMS also supports Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards.  Please see the CAREER Program Web Site for more information about this activity.

This program provides educational opportunities for

Undergraduate Students,

Graduate Students

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

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program
Research in Undergraduate Institutions
Historical Research on Survey Methodology Awards
SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
MMS specific page for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
No Cost Extensions
Workshop Reports
Mid-Career Methodological Opportunities Awards

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



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