DRMS Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
Decision, Risk and Management Sciences Program
Division of Social and Economic Sciences
Robert O'Connor, Program Director
Donald Hantula, Program Director
Decision, Risk and Management Sciences Dissertation Target Dates: January 18th and August 18th
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.
Several points should be noted about submissions of proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants to the Decision, Risk and Management Sciences Program. They are:
- The student's advisor should contact one of the DRMS Program Directors by email prior to the preparation of the proposal.
- Target Dates : January 18th and August 18th
- Project Duration : Maximum 12 Months
- Maximum Project Description page length: 15 pages
- DRMS does not have a formal budget limit. Please propose an appropriate, parsimonious budget.
- Proposal Title should read, "Doctoral Dissertation Research in DRMS: ....."
- The major professor must be listed as the Principal Investigator and the dissertation student as the Co-Principal Investigator.
- All proposals must be submitted electronically via Fastlane or Grants.gov.
If you have additional questions, please contact either of the Program Directors listed above.
Advice to Students
The DRMS Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grants are designed to cover expenses such as travel, special equipment, and participation fees. DRMS does not provide general stipends or cost-of-living support. Outstanding proposals specify how the knowledge to be created advances our theoretical understanding of the subject.
The review process may involve only mail reviews, or may include both mail reviews and assessment by the DRMS advisory panel. The review process rarely lasts more than 6 months.
Follow the proposal preparation guidelines in the SBE Doctoral Dissertation Program Announcement.
Use a clear and concise writing style. It is possible that reviewers will include scientists outside your particular area of research. Defining key terms and keeping your proposal free of jargon will ensure that all reviewers will be able to understand your proposal and evaluate it fairly.
Do not attach any appendices unless you have received permission from an NSF program director.
Your Project Description is essentially a research design:
- Statement of the research problem
- Literature review
- Research site
- Data to be collected
- Methods of Analysis
Students who propose international research and who have 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 and Engineering.