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Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences


Law & Social Sciences  (LSS)


Important Announcement

The Law & Social Sciences Program (LSS), participates in the SBE-RCUK Lead Agency Agreement, reviewing projects of common interest with the Research Council of the United Kingdom.


CONTACTS
Name Email Phone Room
Brian  Bornstein - Pgm Director bbornste@nsf.gov (703) 292-5366  W13238  
Reginald (Reggie)  Sheehan-Program Director rsheehan@nsf.gov (703) 292-5389  W13255  
Mauricia  Barnett-Social Scientist mbarnett@nsf.gov (703) 292-7309  W13200A  
Linh  Nguyen-Program Assistant linguyen@nsf.gov (703) 292-7270  W13244B  


PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  19-519

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.


DUE DATES

Full Proposal Target Date

    January 29, 2019

        Dissertation Research, Standard and Collaborative Research

    August 1, 2019

    August 1, Annually Thereafter

        Standard and Collaborative Research


SYNOPSIS

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 human behavior and law, legal institutions, or legal processes. Social scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, made in multiple arenas, and with the participation of multiple actors. Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems including though not limited to:

  • Crime, Violence, and Policing
  • Economic Issues
  • Governance and Courts
  • Human Rights and Comparative Law
  • Legal Decision Making
  • Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice
  • Litigation and the Legal Profession
  • Punishment and Corrections

LSS supports the following types of proposals:

  • Standard Research Grants and Grants for Collaborative Research
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
  • Conference Awards

LSS also participates in a number of specialized funding opportunities through NSF’s cross-cutting 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.


EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

This program provides educational opportunities for  Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows. Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program

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