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SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences
Joan Maling, Program Director
William Badecker, Program Director

Linguistics Dissertation Target Dates: January 15 and July 15

Indirect Costs Notice: Please note an important change to the treatment of indirect costs that was incorporated into the SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG) program solicitation (NSF 11-547). NSF's long-standing policy regarding the reimbursement of administrative costs is full reimbursement of indirect costs, based on the awardee's current Federally negotiated indirect cost rate agreement. To ensure consistency with Foundation and Federal-wide policies, proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation are subject to the awardee's current Federally negotiated indirect cost rate.

Proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants submitted to the Linguistics Program must comply with or include/provide information about the following bulleted items:

  • Target Dates: January 15 and July 15, or the first next federal business day if the date falls on a weekend or a federal holiday. We anticipate that the panels will meet in April and November of each year, and that PIs will be notified within a few months after the meeting.
  • Project Duration: Maximum 24 Months
  • Project Budget: The maximum allowable budget is $12,000 in direct costs (plus added indirect costs). Please see the SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG) solicitation for information on allowable expenses.
  • Proposal Title should begin with, "Doctoral Dissertation Research..”
  • Project Description must not exceed 10 single-spaced pages.
  • The “Results from Prior NSF Support” section is NOT required.
  • The Principal Investigator should be the student's dissertation advisor, and the student should be the Co-Principal Investigator. It is expected that the student (Co-PI) will author the proposal, which will then be submitted through the university by the dissertation advisor (PI).
  • Proposers are reminded to identify the program solicitation number in the program announcement/solicitation block on the proposal Cover Sheet.
  • All proposals must be submitted electronically via Fastlane or Grants.gov. Since font size may change when printed out, applicants are strongly advised to print out their proposal before formally submitting it to verify fonts and margins.

* Note: Students doing international research, having a formal affiliation with a foreign research institution, may be eligible for additional funding. Please contact the appropriate program in NSF's Office of International Science & Engineering.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Program Director(s) listed above.

Dissertation Advice to Students

An outstanding dissertation proposal will clearly specify the leading research questions and hypotheses, the data relevant to answering those research questions, the theoretical framework being used and the methods of analysis. It will provide a brief literature review and a clear workplan. It will also address the NSF review criterion of broader impacts.

Follow the proposal preparation guidelines in the SBE DDRIG solicitation. Please note that the Linguistics Program allows 10 pages for the project description, single-spaced, otherwise follow the GPG for other general proposal preparation guidelines. As with any proposal, the summary must address in separate paragraphs the "intellectual merit" and the "broader impacts" as per the GPG.

Biographical Sketches should be submitted for both the student and the dissertation advisor and should conform to the GPG specifications. In addition, the biographical sketch for the student should also include a statement about the student’s current academic status and degree progress; a separate letter concerning the student's academic status is not required. Do not submit transcripts or letters of reference.

If the research project includes a significant component requiring the involvement of another institution (either within the US or abroad), it is recommended that the proposal include a letter (or letters) testifying to local institutional sponsorship from the student’s extramural sponsor as an appendix. The content of the letter(s) should be limited to a description of the committed facilities or resources (which may include advising by the extramural sponsor). Letters of recommendation are not allowed.

Except for letters of commitment, do not attach any appendices unless you have received explicit permission from the NSF program director. Proposals without explicit permission for appendices may be returned without review. Remember that reviewers are not obligated to read appendices, so critically important information should be in the body of the proposal.


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