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Science of Science and Innovation Policy  (SciSIP)

Special Announcement

In addition to the research funding opportunities described in this Program Description, the SciSIP program currently has a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) publication: Developing New Data to Illuminate Science and Innovation Policy. Investigators who are interested in this DCL should email a one page summary of their ideas to SciSIP's program director, Maryann Feldman (, by April 29, 2016. Upon receiving her approval, investigators may then submit an EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposal to the SciSIP program via PD 09-7626. To be considered for funding this fiscal year, proposal should be submitted by June 9, 2016.

Name Email Phone Room
Maryann  P. Feldman (703)292-8854  995.05  


Apply to PD 09-7626 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard Grant Proposal Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via the NSF Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Target Date:  September 9, 2016

September 9, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Target Date:  February 9, 2017

February 9, Annually Thereafter


The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy.  The program funds research to develop models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process and concern the use and allocation of scarce scientific resources. For example, research proposals may develop behavioral and analytical conceptualizations, frameworks or models that have applications across the broad array of science and innovation policy challenges.  Proposals may also develop methodologies to analyze science, technology and innovation data, and to usefully convey that information to a variety of audiences. Proposals that create and improve science, engineering and innovation data, including the design of new metrics and indicators, particularly proposals that demonstrate the viability of collecting and analyzing data on knowledge generation and innovation in organizations, are encouraged.

The SciSIP program welcomes proposals from individual or multi-investigator research projects, doctoral dissertation improvement awards, experimental research, and data collection and dissemination. The SciSIP program places a high priority on interdisciplinary research. The program places a high priority on broadening participation and encourages proposals from junior faculty, women, other underrepresented minorities, Research Undergraduate Institutions, and EPSCoR states. The program also supports small grants that are time-critical and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature (see Chapter II.D.2 of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide ( for guidance on submitting Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER)).

The SciSIP program funds conferences and interdisciplinary research activities that strengthen research topic ideation and dissemination among the social and behavioral sciences, policy community and the larger scientific community.

The Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants funding opportunity is designed to improve the quality of dissertation research. DDRIG awards provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university such as enabling doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus. DDRIGs do not provide cost-of-living or other stipends or tuition. Outstanding DDRIG proposals specify how the knowledge to be created advances science and innovation policy.

For program specific guidelines on the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (DDRIGs) in SciSIP, please review the SciSIP DDRIG solicitation which may be accessed via the SciSIP DDRIG web site.

If you have additional questions, please contact the program director listed above.



Science of Science Policy (SoSP)

National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES)


Science of Science and Innovation Policy: A Prospectus

BCS SoSP Workshop Report

SRS Innovation Metrics Workshop

SES SoSP Workshop Report

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program