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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   
Siobhán  M. Mattison-Program Director (703) 292-2967   
Angelica  T. Brewer-Program Specialist (703) 292-4636   


Apply to PD 98-1392 as follows:

Full proposals submitted via FastLane or NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.

Full proposals submitted via NSF Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via guidelines apply.

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 Target Date

    January 20, 2022

    January 20, Annually Thereafter

    July 20, 2022

    July 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