Since its inception, the William T. Grant Foundation has been interested in facilitating a better understanding of how children and youth develop and thrive. Currently, the foundation is interested in research with the potential to improve the lives of young people between the ages of 5 and 25. Next deadline for letters of inquiry: May 3, 2017.
The Russell Sage Foundation supports research on Social Inequality; Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity & Immigration; and Behavioral Economics through its Regular Programs. Projects that use innovative data or methodologies to address important questions on these topics are especially encouraged. Letter of Inquiry Deadline: May 31, 2017 (11am PT).
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants support digital projects from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this grant category, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. Deadline: June 6, 2017 (with another deadline in January).
Digital Projects for the Public grants support projects that cogently interpret and analyze humanities content in formats that will attract broad public audiences. Deadline: June 7, 2017.
The American Sociological Association invites submissions by Ph.D. sociologists for the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) awards. Deadines: June 15, 2017 and December 15, 2017.
The Smith Richardson Foundation sponsors an annual grant competition to support young scholars researching American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history. Young scholars and policy thinkers from academic institutions and think tanks may apply for these grants to support Strategy and Policy Fellows. Only single-author book projects will be supported. Deadline: June 23, 2017 by 5pm EDT.
The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand junior researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. This award includes a mentoring component, as well as an emphasis on community and collaboration. Deadline: July 6, 2017.
The Archaeology Program supports senior investigators conducting archaeological research. The Program sets no priorities based on time period, geographic region or specific research topic. Annual target dates for Archaeology-Senior Research: July 13, 2017 and December 20, 2017 (December 20 annually thereafter). Annual target date for Archaeometry: December 1, 2017 (December 1 annually thereafter). Doctoral Dissertation Research proposals are accepted any time.
The Social Psychology Program at NSF supports basic research on human social behavior, including cultural differences and development over the life span. Full Proposal Target Dates: July 17, 2017 (July 15 annually thereafter) and January 16, 2018 (January 15 annually thereafter).
The Linguistics Program supports basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general. Full Proposal Target Dates: July 17, 2017 (July 15 annually thereafter) and January 16, 2018 (January 15 annually thereafter).
DS supports basic research that increases our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to human development across the lifespan. Research supported by this program will add to our knowledge of the underlying developmental processes that support social, cognitive, and behavioral functioning, thereby illuminating ways for individuals to live productive lives as members of society. Full Proposal Target Dates: July 17, 2017 (July 15 annually thereafter) and January 16, 2018 (January 15 annually thereafter).
The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation. Deadline: July 20, 2017.
Proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules are considered for LSS Program grants. The program is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-methodological. Successful proposals describe research that advances scientific theory and understanding of the connections between law or legal processes and human behavior. Deadlines: August 1, 2017 (August 1 annually thereafter) and January 15, 2018 (January 15 annually thereafter).
The PAC Program supports research on perception, action and cognition. Central research topics for consideration by the PAC panel include vision, audition, haptics, attention, memory, reasoning, written and spoken discourse, and motor control. Full proposal windows: July 15-August 1, 2017 (July 15-August 1 annually thereafter) and January 15-February 1, 2018 (January 15-February 1 annually thereafter).
NSF Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Research Grants, Scholars Awards, and Conference and Workshop Support
The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines, including medical science. Deadlines: August 3, 2017 (August 3 annually thereafter) and February 2, 2018 (February 2 annually thereafter).
NSF STS Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIGs) provide funds for dissertation research expenses not normally available through the student's university. Deadline: August 3, 2017.
The Cognitive Neuroscience Program within NSF’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) seeks highly innovative and interdisciplinary proposals aimed at advancing a rigorous understanding of how the human brain supports thought, perception, affect, action, social processes, and other aspects of cognition and behavior, including how such processes develop and change in the brain and through time. Full proposal target dates: August 14, 2017 (August 13 annually thereafter) and February 12, 2018 (February 11 annually thereafter).
These grants support scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Deadlines: August 15, 2017 (August 15 annually thereafter) and January 16 (January 15 annually thereafter).
These research grants support basic research on all forms of human social organization—societies, institutions, groups and demography—and processes of individual and institutional change. Full proposal target dates: August 15, 2017 (August 15 annually thereafter) and January 16, 2018 (January 15 annually thereafter).
The primary objective of the Cultural Anthropology Program is to support basic scientific research on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability. Full Proposal Target Dates: August 15, 2017 and January 16, 2018 for Senior Research or Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant proposals, and August 16, 2017 and January 16, 2018 for Scholars proposals.
The Economics program supports research designed to improve the understanding of the processes and institutions of the U.S. economy and of the world system of which it is a part. The program welcomes proposals for individual or multi-investigator research projects, and also funds interdisciplinary research that strengthens links among economics and the other social and behavioral sciences as well as mathematics and statistics. Deadlines: August 18, 2017 (and January 18 and August 18 annually thereafter).
The Russell Sage Foundation has recently launched a number of new initiatives consistent with RSF’s interests in strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies. Topics include: Immigration and Immigrant Integration; Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge; The Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act; and Computational Social Science. Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: August 21, 2017.
The John Templeton Foundation supports projects that utilize the tools of anthropology, sociology, political science, and psychology to examine certain moral and spiritual concepts and others that promote enriching discussions between one or more scientific disciplines and theology and/or philosophy. The deadline for Online Funding Inquiries (OFIs) is August 31, 2017.
SoO funds research that advances our fundamental understanding of how organizations develop, form and operate. Successful SoO research proposals use scientific methods to develop and refine theories, to empirically test theories and frameworks, and to develop new measures and methods. Deadlines: September 5, 2017 (September 3 annually thereafter) and February 2, 2018 (February 2 annually thereafter).
The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. The SciSIP program invites the participation of researchers from all of the social, behavioral and economic sciences as well as those working in domain-specific applications such as chemistry, biology, physics, or nanotechnology. Deadlines: September 11, 2017 (September 9 annually thereafter) and February 9, 2018 (February 9 annually thereafter).
The NSF Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) offers postdoctoral research fellowships that support research in any field within the purview of the SBE sciences. Topic areas of interest include: population change; sources of disparities, for example in social, economic, or health contexts, and processes that alleviate those disparities; communication, language, and linguistics; and technology, new media, and social networks. Full Proposal Deadline (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): October 9, 2017 (second Monday in October annually thereafter).
As part of its effort to encourage and support projects that explicitly integrate education and basic research, the Sociology Program 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. Deadlines: October 16, 2017 (and October 15 annually thereafter).
This program helps cultural repositories plan and implement preservation strategies that pragmatically balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact. Deadline: December 5, 2017.
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress announces the Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies to examine the impact of the digital revolution on society, culture and international relations using the Library’s collections and resources. Deadline: December 6, 2017.
Collaborative Research Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) support interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly and public audiences. Deadline: December 6, 2017.