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Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences


Law & Science  (LS)


CONTACTS
Name Email Phone Room
Reginald  S. Sheehan-Pgm Director rsheehan@nsf.gov (703) 292-5389   
Mark  S. Hurwitz-Program Director mhurwitz@nsf.gov (703) 292-5366   
Mauricia  Barnett-Social Scientist mbarnett@nsf.gov 703-292-7309   
Linh  Nguyen-Program Assistant linguyen@nsf.gov (703) 292-7270   


PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  19-612

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 25, 2019. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 19-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


DUE DATES

Full Proposal Target Date

    January 15, 2020

    January 15, Annually Thereafter

        Standard and Collaborative Research, Conference and DDRIG Proposals

    August 3, 2020

    August 1, Annually Thereafter

        Standard and Collaborative Research and Conference Proposals


SYNOPSIS

The Law & Science Program considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules, as well as studies of how science and technology are applied in legal contexts. 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; or the interactions of law and basic sciences, including biology, computer and information sciences, STEM education, engineering, geosciences, and math and physical sciences. Scientific studies of law often approach law as dynamic, interacting with 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
  • Cyberspace
  • Economic Issues
  • Environmental Science
  • Evidentiary Issues
  • Forensic Science
  • Governance and Courts
  • Human Rights and Comparative Law
  • Information Technology
  • Legal and Ethical Issues related to Science
  • Legal Decision Making
  • Legal Mobilization and Conceptions of Justice
  • Litigation and the Legal Profession
  • Punishment and Corrections
  • Regulation and Facilitation of Biotechnology (e.g., Gene Editing, Gene Testing, Synthetic Biology) and Other Emerging Sciences and Technologies
  • Use of Science in the Legal Processes

LS supports the following types of proposals:

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

LS 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. 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

NSF's mission calls for the broadening of opportunities and expanding participation of groups, institutions, and geographic regions that are underrepresented in STEM disciplines, which is essential to the health and vitality of science and engineering. NSF is committed to this principle of diversity and deems it central to the programs, projects, and activities it considers and supports. 

NSF also is committed to public access to publications and data, unless there are countervailing interests that prohibit or limit public access to data, including matters of personally identifiable information of research participants, privacy, other issues of vulnerability such as economic, social or other security interests, etc. See generally Public Access to Results of NSF-Funded Research.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program