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Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

Maryann P. Feldman-Program Director, (703)292-8854
Room 995.05

Anne M. Kanakkanatt-Pgm Analyst, (703) 292-2171
Room 907

Apply to PD 09-7626 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via NSF Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Full Proposal Target Date

    Mon Sep 11 00:00:00 EDT 2017

    September 9, Annually Thereafter

    Fri Feb 09 00:00:00 EST 2018

    February 9, Annually Thereafter

The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. The program funds research to develop models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process and concern the use and allocation of scarce scientific resources. For example, research proposals may develop behavioral and analytical conceptualizations, frameworks or models that have applications across the broad array of science and innovation policy challenges. Proposals also may develop methodologies to analyze science, technology and innovation data, and to usefully convey that information to a variety of audiences. Proposals that create and improve science, engineering and innovation data, including the design of new metrics and indicators, particularly proposals that demonstrate the viability of collecting and analyzing data on knowledge generation and innovation in organizations, are encouraged.

SciSIP Proposals

The SciSIP program welcomes individual or multi-investigator research projects, doctoral dissertation improvement awards, experimental research, and data collection and dissemination. The SciSIP program places a high priority on interdisciplinary research. The program places a high priority on broadening participation and encourages proposals from junior faculty, women, and underrepresented minorities, Research Undergraduate Institutions, and EPSCoR states. The program also supports small grants that are time-critical and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature (see Chapter II.D.2 of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide ( for guidance on submitting Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER).

Conferences and Workshops

The SciSIP program funds conferences and interdisciplinary research activities that strengthen understanding and dissemination of the research topic among the social and behavioral sciences, policy community and the larger scientific community.

Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIGs)

The Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants funding opportunity is designed to improve the quality of dissertation research. DDRIG awards provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university such as enabling doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus. DDRIGs do not provide cost-of-living or other stipends or tuition. Outstanding DDRIG proposals specify how the knowledge to be created advances science and innovation policy. For program specific guidelines on the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (DDRIGs) in SciSIP, please review the SciSIP DDRIG solicitation which may be accessed via the SciSIP DDRIG web site.

Science Policy Research Reports

The SciSIP program is currently accepting proposals on an immediate and rolling basis up until February 9, 2017 that identify timely science policy topics related to government decision-making and the allocation of scarce scientific resources. These proposals should document, describe and explain important science policy issues that are relevant to current government practices and decision-making. The objective of the projects is to produce (3,000-6,000 word) reports of some aspect of the science of science policy that synthesizes the scientific evidence in a way that summarizes and clarifies what is and what is not known; provide evidence-based recommendations for policy and practice; and note areas for additional research.  In addition, the reports should include an executive summary and an index that includes annotations of up to ten of the most salient academic studies and a full reference list.

General Guidance concerning this funding opportunity includes the following:

  • In keeping with NSF's interest in robust and reliable research, proposals should pay specific attention to ensure that reported results are generalizable, noting limitations and potential sources of bias.
  • The proposal title should begin with "Science Policy Research Report:".
  • The recommended length of the project description is 5 pages or less and it should include a research design to synthesize the related scientific evidence, and discuss a strategy to provide actionable policy and practice recommendations.
  • Proposal budgets may include salary support, research assistance and include travel to a June, 2017 one-day workshop in the Washington D.C. area where awardees will present their work.
  • The total proposal budget amount should not exceed $50,000.

If you have additional questions concerning this 2017 funding opportunity, please contact the program director listed above.


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Enhancing the Usefulness of Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) Research
Science of Science and Innovation Policy: A Prospectus
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