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Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences

Biological Anthropology

Important Message

Please note that the Biological Anthropology Senior competition does not have a solicitation. Please follow the standard proposal preparation guidelines in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (see below under Program Guidelines).

Please note that the Biological Anthropology DDRIG competition has a revised solicitation (18-504) with the following changes:

  • If the proposal is a resubmission, the first paragraph of the Project Description must summarize how the proposal has responded to previous reviewer concerns.

Name Email Phone Room
Rebecca  Ferrell-Program Director (703) 292-7850  961 S  
Cori  Anderson-Pgm Specialist (703) 292-7388  995 N  


Apply to PD 98-1392 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via the NSF Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

Important Information for Proposers

ATTENTION: Proposers using the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template for more than 10 senior project personnel will encounter proposal print preview issues. Please see the Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information website for updated guidance.

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 18-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Target Date

    July 20, 2018

    July 20, Annually Thereafter

    January 22, 2019

    January 20, Annually Thereafter


The Biological Anthropology Program supports basic research in areas related to human evolution and contemporary human biological variation. Research areas supported by the program include, but are not limited to, human genetic variation, human and nonhuman primate ecology and adaptability, human osteology and bone biology, human and nonhuman primate paleontology, functional anatomy, and primate socioecology. Grants supported in these areas are united by an underlying evolutionary framework, and often by a consideration of adaptation as a central theoretical theme. Proposals may also have a biocultural or bioarchaeological orientation. The program frequently serves as a bridge within NSF between the social and behavioral sciences and the natural and physical sciences, and proposals commonly are jointly reviewed and funded with other programs.

For more information about Multidisciplinary Research and Training Opportunities, please visit the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities web site.

For additional, specific information on the Biological Anthropology Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIGs) solicitation, please visit the Biological Anthropology DDRIG program web site.





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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program