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Biological Anthropology

Important Message

October 2016

The Biological Anthropology Program will be returning to a six-month interval between competitions for both regular research (Senior) and doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (DDRIG).

  • For the DDRIG competition, this change is effective immediately, in conjunction with the publication of a revised solicitation (17-506). The next DDRIG target dates will be January 20, 2017, and July 20, 2017, and future dates will be January and July 20th of each year.
  • For the Senior competition (which has a program description but not a solicitation), the next target date is still November 16, 2016. The change to the six month cycle will occur AFTER the November 16, 2016 and July 19, 2017 target dates. The subsequent target dates will be January and July 20th of each year.

Other DDRIG Changes – please refer to the revised DDRIG solicitation (17-506) regarding the following changes:

  • Target dates instead of deadlines
  • Revised target dates (as noted above)
  • Two-time submission limit per student (beginning with submissions to the new solicitation)

Other aspects of the Senior and DDRIG competitions, including the program scope, merit review procedures and proposal requirements, remain the same.

Competitions and funding mechanisms other than the Senior and DDRIG competitions are not affected by these changes. Links to many of these opportunities are provided at the bottom of this page.

Please contact Dr. Ferrell (; 703-292-7850) with any questions you may have about these changes.

Name Email Phone Room
Rebecca  Ferrell-Program Director (703) 292-7850   
Tanika  M. Malloy-Program Specialist (703) 292-8962   


Apply to PD 98-1392 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

    November 16, 2016

        Senior Research

    July 19, 2017

        Senior Research


The Biological Anthropology Program supports basic research in areas related to human evolution and contemporary human biological variation. Research areas supported by the program include, but are not limited to, human genetic variation, human and nonhuman primate ecology and adaptability, human osteology and bone biology, human and nonhuman primate paleontology, functional anatomy, and primate socioecology. Grants supported in these areas are united by an underlying evolutionary framework, and often by a consideration of adaptation as a central theoretical theme. Proposals may also have a biocultural or bioarchaeological orientation. The program frequently serves as a bridge within NSF between the social and behavioral sciences and the natural and physical sciences, and proposals commonly are jointly reviewed and funded with other programs.

For more information about Multidisciplinary Research and Training Opportunities, please visit the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities web site.

For additional, specific information on the Biological Anthropology Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIGs) solicitation, please visit the Biological Anthropology DDRIG program web site.




Biological Anthropology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

High-Risk Research in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Faculty Early Career Development Program

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions:

Major Research Instrumentation Program

Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences

Archaeology and Archaeometry

Cultural Anthropology

Dear Colleague Letter: Forensic Science - Opportunity for Breakthroughs in Fundamental and Basic Research and Education (NSF 13-120)

Dear Colleague Letter: Robust and Reliable Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (NSF 16-137)

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program