National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG) – multiple deadlines

The National Science Foundation’s Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), and the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) award grants to doctoral students 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. Proposals are judged on the basis of their scientific merit, including the theoretical importance of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question.
Application deadlines for Fall 2011 are below. Please note that NSF DDRIG applications must be submitted through IU’s Office of Research Administration (ORA), and some parts of the application are due to ORA before the NSF program deadline.
Archeology:                                                         Anytime
Cultural Anthropology:                                      August 15, 2011
Law and Social Sciences:                                    August 15, 2011
Science, Technology, and Society:                     August 16, 2011
Linguistics:                                                            August 16, 2011
Physical Anthropology:                                        August 16, 2011
Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics:    August 16, 2011
Economics:                                                            August 18, 2011
Decision, Risk and Management Sciences:       August 18, 2011
Science of Science and Innovation Policy:        September 9, 2011
Documenting Endangered Languages:             September 15, 2011
Political Science:                                                   September 16, 2011
Geography and Spatial Sciences:                       October 15, 2011
Sociology:                                                               October 15, 2011

For details about each program and application, see the DDRIG Program Page:
and the full text of the DDRIG Program Solicitation: NSF 11-547

If you are planning to submit a proposal to a specific NSF DDIG or DDRIG solicitation, please send an e-mail to with the following information:

NSF program you are applying to
Degree type and year received (most recent degree completed)
Phone number (of your academic department)
E-mail address (your IU e-mail account)
Faculty sponsor name (your advisor)
A draft Excel budget

A Grant Consultant from the Office of Research Administration will then provide a budget review and guide you through the submission process. The Grant Consultant will submit your proposal through FastLane once it is ready. For more details on the submission process, attend the workshop announced below, or contact ORA:

For assistance and feedback on a DDRIG proposal, make an appointment with a consultant at the GradGrants Center:

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