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Effective on February 19, 2014, the NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program replaced its single solicitation with two solicitations.

This page and the solicitation highlighted below should be used by doctoral students and their advisors planning to submit Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) proposals to GSS.

The second solicitation provides information for individuals and groups interested in submitting proposals for regular research project awards; for awards for conferences, workshops, group-travel support, and community-development or community-serving activities; and for research coordination network (RCN) awards.  That solicitation also contains additional information for individuals planning to submit Faculty Early-Career Development (CAREER) proposals to GSS.  That solicitation can be accessed via http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505034.

Antoinette WinklerPrins-Pgm Director
anwinkle@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7266

Thomas J. Baerwald-Program Director
tbaerwal@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7301

Holly Hapke - Program Director
hhapke@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8457

Sunil Narumalani - Pgm Director
snarumal@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4995

Raquel J. Robinson-Pgm Assistant
rarobins@nsf.gov, (703)292-4626

For all general inquiries to the GSS program, please email gss-info@nsf.gov.  This email will reach all current GSS program officers and one of them will reply to you.

Solicitation 17-567

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 Accepted Anytime

        Effective July 1, 2017, there are no proposal-submission deadlines. Investigators should submit a proposal when they believe it is ready for submission. A doctoral student may submit a DDRI proposal to GSS only two times.

As specified in the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program strategic plan, the mission of the NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program is to promote:

  • Basic scientific research in geography and spatial science that advances theory, fundamental understanding, scientific approaches, and that addresses the challenges facing society.
  • The education and training of geographers and spatial scientists in order to enhance the capabilities of current and future generations of researchers.
  • The involvement of geographers and spatial scientists in interdisciplinary research.

The Geography and Spatial Sciences Program supports basic research about the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on Earth.  Investigators are encouraged to propose plans for research about the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales.  Projects about a broad range of topics may be appropriate for support if they offer promise of enhancing fundamental geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns.

As part of its effort to encourage and support projects that explicitly integrate education and basic research, GSS provides support to improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects undertaken by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities when the dissertation research is conducted in a scientifically sound manner and it offers strong potential for enhancing more general scientific knowledge.

This solicitation addresses the preparation and evaluation of proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) awards.

Instructions for submission of proposals for regular research awards; proposals for awards for conferences, group-travel support, and community-development activities; proposals for research coordination network (RCN) awards; and proposals for rapid-response research (RAPID) awards appear in another GSS solicitation (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505034&org=BCS&from=home).

This program provides educational opportunities for

Graduate Students

. Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.

GSS Strategic Plan, 2017-2021
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