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SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG)
Important NoticeDoctoral Dissertation Research Improvement proposals will no longer be submitted via the SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG) solicitation (NSF 11-547). For all future SBE DDRIG competitions, each SBE program that currently participates in this funding opportunity will either include DDRIGs in their current program's funding vehicle or will create a new solicitation for them.
For a list of cognizant program officers, please visit the SBE Doctoral Dissertation Contact List
PROGRAM GUIDELINESSolicitation 11-547
Important Information for Proposers
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.
The National Science Foundation's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), and the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Proposals are judged on the basis of their scientific merit, including the theoretical importance of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question.
In an effort to improve the quality of dissertation research, many programs in both BCS and SES, the Research on Science and Technology Surveys and Statistics program within NCSES, and the Science of Science and Innovation Policy program in SMA accept doctoral dissertation improvement grant proposals. Requirements vary across programs, so proposers are advised to consult the relevant program's webpage for specific information and contact the program director if necessary.
The following Programs support dissertation research:
Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)
Documenting Endangered Languages
Geography and Spatial Sciences
Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES)
Decision, Risk and Management Sciences
Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics
Science, Technology, and Society
National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES)
Research on Science and Technology Surveys and Statistics Program
SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities
Science of Science and Innovation Policy
For a list of cognizant program officers for the programs listed above, please visit the SBE Doctoral Dissertation Contact List.
This program provides educational opportunities for Graduate Students. Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.
- Archaeology and Archaeometry
- Cultural Anthropology
- Decision, Risk and Management Sciences
- Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards
- Law and Social Science
- Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics
- Biological Anthropology
- Political Science
- Research on the Science and Technology Enterprise: Indicators, Statistics, and Methods (NCSES S&T)
- Science of Science and Innovation Policy
- Science, Technology, and Society
What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program