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Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships  (SPRF)

Important Notice

Per the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), proposers should allow up to six months for programmatic review and processing (following the deadline). In addition, proposers should be aware that the NSF Division of Grants and Agreements generally makes awards within 30 days after the program division/office makes its recommendation.  

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SPRF) proposers must first register for an NSF account and add an Investigator role in to work on proposals in NSF systems. Please see the Account Management Guide "Add a New Role – Unaffiliated/Postdoctoral Fellowship Principal Investigator" section (pages 21-23) for step-by-step instructions. Additional information, including FAQs and video tutorials, is available on the Account Management webpage

Proposals in response to Program Solicitation NSF 18-584 from Unaffiliated/Postdoctoral Fellowship Investigators MUST be prepared and submitted in FastLane and cannot be submitted in 

For IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-673-6188 (7:00 AM – 9:00 PM Eastern Time; Monday – Friday except federal holidays) or via SPRF Program-related questions should be directed to Josie S. Welkom, Program Director at or Lisa M. Jackson, Program Specialist at The submission of incomplete or late proposals is not permitted and will be returned without review.

Name Email Phone Room
Josie  S. Welkom-Program Director (703) 292-7376   
Lisa  M. Jackson-Pgm Specialist (703) 292-7882   


Solicitation  18-584

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.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    November 1, 2021

    November 1, Annually Thereafter


The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) offers Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to encourage independence early in the Fellow's career through supporting his or her research and training goals. The research and training plan of each Fellowship must address important scientific questions within the scope of the SBE Directorate and the specific guidelines in this solicitation. The SPRF program offers two tracks: (I) Fundamental Research in the SBE Sciences (SPRF-FR) and (II) Broadening Participation in the SBE Sciences (SPRF-BP). See the full text of the solicitation for a detailed description of these tracks. 


This program provides educational opportunities for  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