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Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

Science and Technology Studies  (STS)

STS Important Information

The Science and Technology Studies program evolved from the former Science, Technology, and Society Program. Please navigate to this list of active awards to see what was funded by Science, Technology, and Society.

Name Email Phone Room
Frederick  M. Kronz-Program Director (703) 292-7283   
Wenda  Bauchspies-Program Dir (703) 292-5034   


Solicitation  19-610

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

    August 3, 2021

    August 3, Annually Thereafter

        Standard and Collaborative Research, Scholars, Professional Development, Research Community Development, Conference and DDRIG Proposals

    February 2, 2022

    February 2, Annually Thereafter

        Standard and Collaborative Research, Scholars, Professional Development, Research Community Development, and Conference Proposals


The Science and Technology Studies (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines. 

The program’s review process is approximately six months. It includes appraisal of proposals by ad hoc reviewers selected for their expertise and by an advisory panel that meets twice a year. The deadlines for the submission of proposals are February 2nd for proposals to be funded as early as July, and August 3rd for proposals to be funded in or after January. There is one exception: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant proposals will have only one deadline per year, August 3rd.

The Program encourages potential investigators with questions about the program to contact one of the Cognizant Program Directors. Potential investigators who have concerns about whether their proposal fits the goals of the program are encouraged to send a one-page prospectus of their proposal idea to the Cognizant Program Directors. Guidelines for developing one-page prospectuses are provided below under Guidelines for Developing Effective STS Proposals.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program