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Division of Social and Economic Sciences

Law & Social Sciences  (LSS)

Important Announcement

The Law & Social Sciences Program (LSS), participates in the SBE-RCUK Lead Agency Agreement, reviewing projects of common interest with the Research Council of the United Kingdom.

Name Email Phone Room
Brian  Bornstein - Pgm Director (703) 292-5366  W13238  
Reginald (Reggie)  Sheehan-Program Director (703) 292-5389  W13255  
Mauricia  Barnett-Social Scientist (703) 292-7309  W13200A  
Linh  Nguyen-Program Assistant (703) 292-7270  W13244B  


Solicitation  15-514

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

    January 15, 2019

    January 15, Annually Thereafter

        Dissertation Research, Standard and Collaborative Research and Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships

    August 1, 2019

    August 1, Annually Thereafter

        Standard and Collaborative Research and Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships


CAREER Proposals

CAREER proposals must conform to the annually announced NSF-wide CAREER proposal deadline.

EAGER, RAPID, and Conference Proposals

EAGER, RAPID, small workshop, and small conference proposals may be submitted at any time, with prior permission of the Program Officer. Proposals for Large Workshops and Conferences should be submitted in cycle with standard research proposals.

REU Supplement Proposals

REU supplement proposals may be submitted at any time, with prior permission of the Program Officer.


The Law & Social Sciences Program considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules.  The Program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological.  Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior.  Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, with the participation of multiple actors.  Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems including though not limited to:

  1. Crime, Violence and Punishment
  2. Economic Issues
  3. Governance
  4. Legal Decision Making
  5. Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice
  6. Litigation and the Legal Profession

LSS provides the following modes of support:

  1. Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research
  2. Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
  3. Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships
  4. Workshop and Conference Awards

LSS also participates in a number of specialized funding opportunities through NSF’s crosscutting and cross-directorate activities, including, for example:   

  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  • Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)
  • Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID)
  • Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)

For information about these and other programs, please visit the Cross-cutting and NSF-wide Active Funding Opportunities homepage.


This program provides educational opportunities for  Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows. Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program