Division of Social and Economic Sciences
Apply to PD 98-1331 as follows:
For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)
Important Information for Proposers
ATTENTION: Proposers using the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template for more than 10 senior project personnel will encounter proposal print preview issues. Please see the Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information website for updated guidance.
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 18-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.
Full Proposal Target Date
August 15, 2018
August 15, Annually Thereafter
January 15, 2019
January 15, Annually Thereafter
The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization -- societies, institutions, groups and demography -- and processes of individual and institutional change. The Program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender, race and the sociology of science and technology. The Program supports both original data collections and secondary data analysis that use the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological tools. Theoretically grounded projects that offer methodological innovations and improvements for data collection and analysis are also welcomed.
The Sociology Program also funds doctoral dissertation research to defray direct costs associated with conducting research, for example, dataset acquisition, additional statistical or methodological training, meeting with scholars associated with original datasets, and fieldwork away from the student's home campus. See the Sociology Program Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Awards Solicitation for more information on this opportunity.
Please Note: Principal Investigators should select PD 98-1331 in the program announcement/solicitation block on the proposal Cover Sheet for submission of regular research projects to the Sociology Program and NSF 14-604 for submission of Sociology Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement proposals. Projects are evaluated using the two Foundation-wide criteria, intrinsic merit and broader impacts. In assessing the intrinsic merit of proposed research, four components are key to securing support from the Sociology Program: (1) the issues investigated must be theoretically grounded; (2) the research should be based on empirical observation or be subject to empirical validation or illustration; (3) the research design must be appropriate to the questions asked; and (4) the proposed research must advance our understanding of social processes, structures and methods.
The NSF also offers a number of specialized funding opportunities through its crosscutting and cross-directorate activities; some of the Sociology related opportunities are listed below.
Crosscutting Research & Training Opportunities:
- ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
- Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
- Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
- Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program
- SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF)
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
- Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)
- Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
To get information about these programs and others, please visit the Cross-cutting and NSF-wide Active Funding Opportunities homepage.
What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program
Examples of Successful Proposals for Editor(s) of ASA Journals
American Sociological Review (Omar Lizardo, Rory McVeigh, and Sarah Mustillo, editors, 2016-18)
Contemporary Sociology (Michael Sauder, editor, 2015-18)
Contexts (Rashawn Ray and Fabio Rojas, editors, 2018-20)
Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Richard Carpiano and Brian C. Kelly, editors, 2017-19)
Rose Series in Sociology (Amy Adamczyk, Richard Alba, Lynn Chancer, Nancy Foner, Philip Kasinitz, and Leslie Paik, editors, 2018-20)
Social Psychology Quarterly (Matthew E. Brashears and Brent Simpson, editors, 2018-20)
Sociological Methodology (Duane F. Alwin, editor, 2016-18)
Sociological Theory (Mustafa Emirbayer, editor, 2016-18)
Sociology of Education (Linda Renzulli, editor, 2017-19)
Teaching Sociology (Stephen Sweet, editor, 2015-18)
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