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SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Science of Science and Innovation Policy Program (SciSIP)

Joshua Rosenbloom, Program Director

Dissertation Target Date: September 9th

Indirect Costs Notice: Please note an important change to the treatment of indirect costs that was incorporated into the SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SBE DDRIG) program solicitation (NSF 11-547). NSF's long-standing policy regarding the reimbursement of administrative costs is full reimbursement of indirect costs, based on the awardee's current Federally negotiated indirect cost rate agreement. To ensure consistency with Foundation and Federal-wide policies, proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation are subject to the awardee's current Federally negotiated indirect cost rate.


This program is designed to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. The program does not provide cost-of-living or other stipends or tuition. Outstanding proposals specify how the knowledge to be created advances the scientific basis of science and innovation policy.

Proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants in Science of Science and Innovation Policy should follow the directions for submissions in the SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants Solicitation and Grant Proposal Guide (GPG).

The following bulleted items provide additional information on Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants in the Science of Science and Innovation Policy:

  • Target Date: September 9th. Decisions about support or declines are made within six months of each target date.
  • List the dissertation advisor as Principal Investigator and the dissertation student as Co-Principal Investigator. It should be clear however that the proposal is written by, and the research conducted by, the student.
  • Proposal Title should read, "Doctoral Dissertation Research in Science of Science and Innovation Policy: ....”
  • All proposals must be submitted electronically via FastLane or Grants.gov.
  • If you have additional questions, please contact the SciSIP program directors listed above.

Use a clear and concise writing style. Reviewers will include researchers from a variety of specialty areas. It is possible that no specialist from your particular area of research will be on the panel. Defining key terms and keeping your proposal free of jargon will ensure that all reviewers will be able to understand your proposal and evaluate it fairly.

One of the areas in which the proposal will be evaluated is your competence to carry out the research. Be sure to include any other information that can help reviewers evaluate how well prepared you are to conduct the research.

Do not attach any appendices unless you have received permission from the NSF program director. Proposals without explicit permission for appendices may be held up or returned. Remember that reviewers are not obligated to read appendices, so critically important information should be in the body of the proposal.

Note: Students doing international research, having a formal affiliation with a foreign research institution, may be eligible for additional funding. Please contact the appropriate program in NSF's Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE).