Law & Social Sciences
LSS Program Clarifications
Please attend to the Law & Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellows announcement in the solicitation. Please note that the fellowships are project-based, and that they require at least two PIs from different disciplines. PIs are to have a project upon which a postdoctoral fellow will work.
Please note the description of conference and workshop awards. Law and Social Sciences will make awards that promote interactions among scholars from multiple disciplines and that will include younger scholars and increase the participation of members of underrepresented groups, in keeping with NSF policy.
The National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice are pleased to announce signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines a framework for cooperation and collaboration in the social, behavioral, and forensic sciences. For more information concerning the announcement of this partnership, see its Dear Colleague Letter.
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
Full Proposal Target Date: January 15, 2016
Dissertation Research, Standard and Collaborative Research and Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships
January 15, Annually Thereafter
Full Proposal Target Date: August 1, 2016
Standard and Collaborative Research and Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships
August 1, Annually Thereafter
CAREER proposals must conform to the annually announced NSF-wide CAREER proposal deadline.
EAGER, RAPID, and Conference Proposals
EAGER, RAPID, small workshop, and small conference proposals may be submitted at any time, with prior permission of the Program Officer. Proposals for Large Workshops and Conferences should be submitted in cycle with standard research proposals.
REU Supplement Proposals
REU supplement proposals may be submitted at any time, with prior permission of the Program Officer.
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 law or legal processes and human behavior. Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, with the participation of multiple actors. Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems including though not limited to:
- Crime, Violence and Punishment
- Economic Issues
- Legal Decision Making
- Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice
- Litigation and the Legal Profession
LSS provides the following modes of support:
- Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research
- Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
- Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowships
- Workshop and Conference Awards
LSS also participates in a number of specialized funding opportunities through NSF’s crosscutting 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.
This program provides educational opportunities for
Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.
REVISIONS AND UPDATES
What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program