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Deadline: Law & Social Sciences (NSF)

Grants.gov Announcement

Program Title:

Law & Social Sciences (LSS)

Synopsis of Program:

The Law & Social Sciences Program considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules. The Program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between human behavior and law, legal institutions, or legal processes. Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, and with the participation of multiple actors. Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems including though not limited to:

  • Crime, Violence, and Policing
  • Economic Issues
  • Governance and Courts
  • Human Rights and Comparative Law
  • Legal Decision Making
  • Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice
  • Litigation and the Legal Profession
  • Punishment and Corrections

LSS supports the following types of proposals:

  • Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
  • Conference Awards

LSS also participates in a number of specialized funding opportunities through NSF’s cross-cutting and cross-directorate activities, including, for example:

  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  • Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)
  • Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID)
  • Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)

For information about these and other programs, please visit the Cross-cutting and NSF-wide Active Funding Opportunities homepage.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

  • Brian Bornstein – Program Director, W13238, telephone: (703) 292-5366, email: bbornste@nsf.gov
  • Reginald (Reggie) Sheehan – Program Director, W13255, telephone: (703) 292-5389, email: rsheehan@nsf.gov
  • Mauricia Barnett – Social Scientist, W13200A, telephone: (703) 292-7309, email: mbarnett@nsf.gov
  • Linh Nguyen – Program Assistant, W13244B, telephone: (703) 292-7270, email: linguyen@nsf.gov

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):

  • 47.075 — Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award:

Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: 60

About 60 awards per year is anticipated.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $5,500,000

pending availability of funds

Eligibility Information:

Who May Submit Proposals:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

    • Organization limit varies by the type of proposal:
      • Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants: US Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs).
      • For all other types of proposals: see the categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation identified in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter I.E.

See Section II. Program Description for detailed information about each type of proposal.

Who May Serve as PI:

PI eligibility limit varies by the type of proposal. See Section II. Program Description for detailed information about each type of proposal.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not required
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required

B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements:Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.
  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations:Not Applicable
  • Other Budgetary Limitations:Other budgetary limitations apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

C. Due Dates

  • Full Proposal Target Date(s):     January 29, 2019

          Dissertation Research, Standard and Collaborative Research

    August 01, 2019

    August 1, Annually Thereafter

          Standard and Collaborative Research

    January 15, 2020

    January 15, Annually Thereafter

          Dissertation Research, Standard and Collaborative Research

Proposal Review Information Criteria

Merit Review Criteria:

National Science Board approved criteria apply.

Award Administration Information

Award Conditions:

Standard NSF award conditions apply.

Reporting Requirements:

Standard NSF reporting requirements apply.