Funding Opportunities in the Social Sciences
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Internal Funding Opportunities
Deadline: May 17, 2019
Award Amount: up to $20,000
The Provost's Fund for Interfaculty Collaboration (PFIC) was developed to promote faculty collaboration across multiple Harvard Schools. This fund can be used to support a variety of projects, including but not limited to cross-School interdisciplinary course support, research working groups, and small-scale conferences. To be eligible for support, the designated faculty leader(s) must hold primary Harvard faculty appointments at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor or senior non-ladder faculty appointments including Senior Lecturer, Senior Preceptor, and Professor of Practice, and the project must engage faculty and/or students from at least two Harvard Schools. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received funding from the grant. Colleagues from outside Harvard may be included as well.
Deadline: May 15, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $100,000
Eligible Applicants: Senior Lecturers, Assistant, Associate or full Professors employed full-time by Harvard University
The goal of the Mexico Innovation Fund is to deepen ties between Harvard and Mexican academia in order to address some of the most important issues facing Mexico. A project supported by the Mexico Innovation Fund should propose policy improvements or provide ideas for action that might help Mexico address the specific issues related to the project.
Projects submitted for consideration to the Mexico Innovation Fund should meet the following conditions:
- The projects must be innovative-innovation is to be understood in its broadest sense. Projects may include technological as well as social innovations. (For example, a new methodology to train teachers could be considered a new technology as well as innovative, as much as a scientifically technical solution within a STEM discipline.)
- The projects must involve evidence-based research leading to measurable outcomes.
- The projects should leverage technology, where appropriate, to "leapfrog" older processes and concepts, especially in areas relating to public policy and urban studies.
- The projects should ideally be transversal, integrated vertically (delving deeply into one subject area) and horizontally (combining multi-sector and multi-disciplinary approaches).
The Mexico Innovation Fund's priority fields of study are:
- Sustainable Urban and Regional Development: The future of cities and regions to empower and engage citizens and stimulate their wellbeing and economic capacity, including innovative transfer of knowledge, application of technological solutions to infrastructure challenges, and inclusion and social equity issues involving public health and education. Among the desired impacts of research in this area is new job creation.
- Science, Technology, and Education: Application of scientific and technological solutions to the Mexican context to address issues like water, energy, and climate change. Research on how successful innovation clusters are created would also be welcome. The impact of technology on employment in Mexico would also be of interest.
- Empowered Citizenship, State Capacity, and the Rule of Law: Use of technology to improve citizen participation, institutional capacity, and accountability, and to discourage corruption. Research leading to innovative solutions to increase state capacity to address impunity without empowering non-state criminal actors would be welcome.
Deadline: April 30, 2019 (Fall 2019 Term Courses); September 3, 2019 (Spring 2020 Term Courses)
Award Amount: course support (please see details below)
The Digital Teaching Fellows Program aims to facilitate the integration of digital tools and methods into FAS courses, spark innovative digital active learning projects, and foster new patterns of faculty-student interaction. Any course in the FAS that has a primarily undergraduate audience is eligible for the program. Applications must be submitted by the course instructor, and should include a description of how they plan to work with the Digital Teaching Fellows to incorporate digital methods and tools into the course. Benefits of participation include collaborative support for integrating digital methods and tools into the FAS course; support from the
Digital Scholarship Support Group
; and additional Teaching Fellow support.
Deadline: Last day of February, May, August and November
Award Amount: $40,000 for ladder faculty; $5,000 for doctoral students and post-docs
Eligible Applicants: Harvard University full time doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and ladder faculty.
The FHBI provides seed grants to support transformative research in the social and behavioral sciences. Successful proposals will be those that promise to advance understanding of the social, institutional and biological mechanisms shaping human beliefs and behavior. Funds will be used to support interdisciplinary social science research projects based on innovative experimental or observational designs that make use of sophisticated quantitative methods. The Fund also supports seminars, conferences, and other research-related activities.
External Funding Opportunities
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: July 25, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: August 1, 2019
$15,000 to $40,000 per year for periods of one or two years. The Foundation does not support overhead costs. This falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.
The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Research with no relevance to understanding human problems will not be supported, nor will proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: July 1, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: July 9, 2019
Award Amount: NIHCM Foundation is making approximately $500,000 available and expects to fund 8 to 9 studies from this amount. A maximum of 12% overhead may be charged to the Program Grants. This falls short of the 15% overhead required by FAS/SEAS policy. Please discuss with your grants administrator before preparing an application.
National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation supports innovative investigator-initiated research with high potential to inform improvements to the U.S. health care system. Projects must advance the existing knowledge base in the areas of health care financing, delivery, management and/or policy.
nterested researchers must submit a brief letter of inquiry (LOI) outlining their study idea by 5:00 PM EDT on July 9, 2019. Full letter of inquiry instructions and requirements can be found here.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 24, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 2019
Up to $20,000 to further the research, practice, or education of an early career psychologist on the connection between mental and physical health, particularly for work that contributes to public health.
The Marian R. Stuart Grant will further the research, practice, or education of an early career psychologist on the connection between mental and physical health, particularly for work that contributes to public health. Examples include but are not limited to research-based programs that teach medical doctors counseling skills; research-based programs on the effect of behavior on health; and research-based programs on psychologists' role in medical settings for the benefit of patients.
Preference will be given to psychologists working in medical schools.
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: June 27, 2019
Award Amount: Scholars are provided with an office at RSF, research assistance, computer and library facilities, and salary support of up to 50 percent of their academic year salary when unavailable from research grants or other sources (up to a maximum of $125,000 for the full term, or $62,500 for half of the full term).
The Russell Sage Foundation's Visiting Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity for select scholars in the social, economic and behavioral sciences to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the Foundation's New York headquarters. Research carried out by Visiting Scholars constitutes an important part of the Foundation's ongoing effort to analyze and understand the complex and shifting nature of social and economic life in the United States. While Visiting Scholars typically work on projects related to the Foundation's current programs, a few scholars whose research falls outside these areas are occasionally invited as well.
The Foundation annually awards about 17 residential fellowships to social scientists who are at least 3 years beyond the Ph.D. Visiting Scholar positions begin September 1st and ordinarily run through June 30th. On rare occasions, scholars visit for only half this period, starting either in September or in February.
OSP review not required
Sponsor Deadline: June 17, 2019
Award Amount: $60,000
The Smith Richardson Foundation sponsors an annual Strategy and Policy Fellows grant competition to support young scholars and policy thinkers on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, military policy, and diplomatic and military history.
The purpose of the program is to strengthen the U.S. community of scholars and researchers conducting policy analysis in these fields.
Within the academic community, this program supports junior or adjunct faculty, research associates, and post-docs who are engaged in policy-relevant research and writing.
Please note that the Fellowship program will only consider single-author book projects. It will not consider collaborative projects (e.g., edited or multi-authored books, conference volumes or reports, or a collection of previously published articles, chapters or essays.)
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 5, 2018
Sponsor Deadline: June 12, 2019
Award Amount: varies by award type
Support is primarily provided for the historical humanities, in particular to support research projects in the fields of Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory and Early History.
Candidates can apply regardless of their nationality and place of work. Grants for research projects involve, depending on the type of project, the assumption of costs for personnel, travel, materials and/or other costs. For projects that are conducted by one scholar alone, a research scholarship has to be applied for.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: May 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Inquiry: May 31, 2019
Award Amount: unspecified; recent grants have ranged from $22,000 - $100,000
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is an incubator of promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration, and childcare. Grants are only made if a successful project outcome will likely be of significant interest to other professionals, within the grantee's field of endeavor, and would have a direct benefit and potential national application. The Foundation's goal is to provide seed money to implement those imaginative proposals that exhibit the greatest chance of improving the lives of young children, on a national scale.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $75,000. Each application must also include a cost share component beyond the EF funding amount. Applicants are required to contribute at least 10% of the requested sum in monetary and in-kind contributions.
With support from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Eurasia Foundation's Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program (P2P) funds projects seeking to expand U.S.-Russian communication and cooperation. P2P supports innovative projects promoting U.S.-Russian collaboration in cultural and professional areas of mutual interest, such as entrepreneurship, social inclusion, public health, community service, volunteerism, science and technology, and the arts.
Projects are jointly implemented by partner organizations and institutions from the U.S. and Russia over a period of twelve months. Partnerships are competitively selected and work together to address a theme of mutual interest in the U.S. and Russia that will facilitate greater understanding of shared values between the two countries. P2P aims to accomplish concrete project goals as well as strengthen the capacity for continued collaboration between U.S. and Russian peers. Successful partnerships will result in a tangible outcome that enhances interaction and understanding between U.S. and Russian societies well beyond the project end date.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: May 23, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: May 31, 2019
Award Amount: $50,000 - $100,000
Grants for Libraries: Applications will be considered for resource endowments (print, film, electronic database, speakers/workshops), capital construction, and innovative equipment. Projects fostering broader public access to global information sources utilizing collaborative efforts, pioneering technologies, and equipment are encouraged.
Grants for Educational Institutions: Applications will be considered for: educational endowments to fund scholarships; endowments to support fellowships and teaching chairs; and erection or endowment of buildings and equipment for educational purposes.
OSP review not required for letter of inquiry
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: May 23, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $175,000
The Russell Sage Foundation is launching a special initiative on Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context that supports innovative research on decision making processes and human behavior in the contexts of work, race, ethnicity, immigration, and social, political and economic inequality in the United States. Applications by scholars in psychology, political science, sociology, and other social science fields who are pursuing questions consistent with the aims of the Foundation are encouraged. This initiative complements RSF's long-standing
Behavioral Economics Program
which continues to encourage applications.
OSP review not required for letter of inquiry
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: May 23, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $175,000
The Russell Sage Foundation focuses exclusively on supporting social science research in its core program areas as a means of examining social issues and improving policies. The following Russell Sage Foundation programs are accepting letters of inquiry for the May 23, 2019 deadline:
Grants are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results.
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: May 13, 2019 by 12:00 PM
Sponsor LOI Deadline (if nominated): June 25, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $150,000 total in direct costs for a two year grant period
Target Applicants: Applicant must be an Associate Professor or Full Professor working in the area of brain function in health and disease; have major NIH or other peer-reviewed funding in the past three years, though current support is preferred; and propose a new research project that is not funded by other sources.
The Brain Research Foundation's Scientific Innovations Award Program provides funding for innovative science in both basic and clinical neuroscience. This funding mechanism supports creative, exploratory, cutting edge research in well-established research laboratories under the direction of established investigators. Studies should be related to either normal human brain development or specifically identified disease states. This includes molecular and clinical neuroscience as well as studies of neural, sensory, motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional functioning in health and disease. It is expected that investigations supported by these grants will yield high impact findings and result in major grant applications and significant publications in high impact journals. Complete guidelines for the 2020 award cycle are available on the
Brain Research Foundation website
for a list of prior award winners.
This is a limited submission opportunity and Harvard may put forward only one nominee to submit a Letter of Intent to the sponsor. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to select the Harvard nominee. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, potential applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above. For questions, please contact Jennifer Corby at
OSP review not required for letters of inquiry
Sponsor Letter of Inquiry Deadline: May 1, 2019
Award Amount: $100,000 to $600,000 over 2-3 years for reducing inequality research grants; $100,000 to $1,000,000 over 2-4 years for improving the use of research evidence grants
The W.T. Grant Foundation is focused on youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States, funding research that increases our understanding of:
- programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and
- strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.
The foundation seeks research that builds stronger theory and empirical evidence in these two areas and informs change. While it is not expected that any one study will create that change, the research should contribute to a body of useful knowledge to improve the lives of young people.
OSP review not required for statements of interest
Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $43,000 per team
Eurasia Foundation's (EF) U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) invites statements of interest from U.S. organizations seeking to establish collaboration with Russian partner(s) in joint pursuit of solutions to social issues of importance to both countries. EF is accepting statements of interest for projects that have a broad bilateral impact in the following thematic areas:
- Social inclusion
- Community engagement and volunteerism
- Social entrepreneurship
- Youth engagement and mentorship
Projects should avoid topics related to political activism or activity, or public policy reform. While universities and other research institutions are eligible to apply, funded projects must expand beyond pure research. Projects falling outside the four thematic areas will also be considered for funding if the project will facilitate greater understanding of shared values in the U.S. and Russia. Applicants are encouraged to include innovative methodologies and technologies to accomplish program goals and collaboration between U.S. and Russian peers.
OSP review not required for awards made directly to individuals
Sponsor Deadline: Rolling
PAI is able to provide compensation starting at $6,600/month for Postgraduate and Junior Research Fellows, and compensation starting at $10,000/month for established mid-to-late career Research Fellows and Senior Research Fellows.
Fellowships can last from 6 months to 2 years.
The Partnership on AI (PAI) was jointly created by leading technology companies, civil society organizations, and academic institutions to maximize the benefits and confront the challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The Partnership seeks to study and formulate best practices on AI, advance the public's understanding of AI, and serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society. Researchers at PAI's member organizations and in the wider AI community are invited to submit applications for residential fellowships based at the Partnership on AI's San Francisco offices. Three classes of Fellowships are available:
- Postgraduate Research Fellowships are suitable for candidates who are nearing the end of a PhD or equivalent research degree;
- Research Fellowships are suitable for early to mid-career candidates, who have a PhD and a demonstrated track record of research and/or technology policy work; or who have more than a PhD equivalent level research, technical or policy experience and output in non-academic settings; and
- Senior Research Fellowships are suitable for well-established, senior researchers who have led successful labs or research teams or have an extensive track record of research and/or policy work.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission
Grantees will receive r
esearch funding up to $50,000 via the SSRC, access to Facebook data via
Social Science One
, and peer pre-review services from Social Science One. The first dataset is a database of Facebook URL shares; details about these data, including the codebook, can be found at the Social Science One
. Awards provide support for up to 12 months.
Proposals for the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants should examine the impact of social media and related digital technologies on democracy and elections, generate insights to inform policy at the intersection of media, technology, and democracy, and advance new avenues for future research. This initiative seeks to study these processes in an independent, transparent, and ethical way according to the highest standards of data privacy and academic research, to improve the lives of all. Applicants must demonstrate the technical and methodological skill base to effectively work with large, complex data sets and a commitment to data privacy.
Federal Funding Opportunities
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: September 13, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: September 20, 2019
Award Amount: Application budgets are not limited but should reflect the needs of the proposed project.
The NIH Director's Transformative Research Award supports individual scientists or groups of scientists proposing groundbreaking, exceptionally innovative, original, and/or unconventional research with the potential to create new scientific paradigms, establish entirely new and improved clinical approaches, or develop transformative technologies. Applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and in any topic relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome. Little or no preliminary data are expected. Projects must clearly demonstrate the potential to produce a major impact in a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 29, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: September 6, 2019
Award Amount: $700,000/year for 5 years
The NIH Director's Pioneer Award supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative approaches to addressing major challenges in the biomedical or behavioral sciences towards the goal of enhancing human health. Applications proposing research on any topic within the broad mission of NIH are welcome. Emphases are on the qualities of the investigator and the innovativeness and potential impact of the proposed research. Preliminary data and detailed experimental plans are not requested.
To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect substantially different ideas from those being pursued in the investigator's current research program or elsewhere. The Pioneer Award is not intended to expand a current research program into the area of the proposed project. While the research direction may rely on the applicant's prior work and expertise as its foundation, it cannot be an obvious extension or scale-up of a current research enterprise which may be competitive as a new or renewal R01 application. Rather, the proposed project must reflect a fundamental new insight into the potential solution of a problem, which may develop from exceptionally innovative approaches and/or radically unconventional hypotheses.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: August 19, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: August 26, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $1,500,000 over five years
The NIH Director's New Innovator Award supports exceptionally creative Early Stage Investigators who propose highly innovative research projects with the potential for unusually high impact. The award is designed specifically to support unusually creative investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career when they may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant application. The emphasis is on innovation and creativity; preliminary data are not required, but may be included. No detailed, annual budget is requested in the application. The review process emphasizes the individual's creativity, the innovativeness of the research approaches, and the potential of the project, if successful, to have a significant impact on an important biomedical or behavioral research problem.
Applicants must meet the definition of an Early Stage Investigator (ESI) at the time of application. An ESI is a new investigator (defined as a PD/PI who has not competed successfully for a significant NIH independent research award) who is within 10 years of completing his/her terminal research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training.
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: July 8, 2019 by 11:30 PM
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): September 25, 2019
Award Amount: $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing beginning May 2020 or later
NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project at any stage of development for a period of two months. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year. Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Projects must incorporate analysis and not result solely in the collection of data. NEH funds may support recipients' compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.
This is a limited submission opportunity. Faculty members who teach full-time at institutions of higher education must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend. Harvard may nominate two faculty members for this program. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will conduct the internal competition to select the Harvard nominees. To be considered for the Harvard nomination, potential applicants must submit an internal pre-proposal via the link above.
Harvard Pre-Proposal Deadline: June 19, 2019 by 5:00 PM
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline (if nominated): September 6, 2019
Sponsor Deadline (if nominated): September 13, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $250,000/year for five years plus applicable indirect costs
Eligible Applicants: Date of terminal doctoral degree or completion of post-graduate clinical training of the PI must be between June 1, 2018 and September 30, 2020. At the sponsor application deadline, the PI must not have served as a post-doctoral fellow following a previous doctoral degree for more than twelve months and must not yet have research independence.
The NIH Director's Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. Though most newly graduated doctoral-level researchers would benefit from post-doctoral training, a small number of outstanding junior investigators would benefit instead by launching directly into an independent research career. Applications in all topics relevant to the broad mission of NIH are welcome, including, but not limited to, topics in the behavioral, social, biomedical, applied, and formal sciences and topics that may involve basic, translational, or clinical research. The paramount features of the research proposed must be innovation and magnitude of potential impact.
To be eligible, at the time of application, candidates must have received their most recent doctoral degree or completed clinical training within the previous fifteen months or expect to do so within the following twelve months. By the end of the award period, the Early Independence Award investigator is expected to be competitive for continued funding of his/her research program through other NIH funding activities and for a permanent research-oriented position.
his is a limited submission opportunity and only two applications may be submitted by Harvard University from the University Area (Cambridge Campus). Potential applicants to be hosted by Harvard schools in the University Area must submit a pre-proposal to Jennifer Corby via email at
no later than 5PM on June 19, 2019 in order to be considered for the Harvard nominations. The pre-proposal should include:
- A two-page research proposal. Subsequent pages for references and/or graphics may be included and do not count toward the page limit.
- A current CV
- A letter of support from the department chair or program director of the candidate's proposed host department/program at Harvard. The letter should describe the position details, the institutional resources to be committed, and the commitment of the host to the career development of the applicant
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: June 5, 2019
Sponsor Deadline: June 12, 2019
Award Amount: Up to $200,000. The Commission provides no more than 50 percent of total direct project costs so cost sharing is required.
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical records. The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American history or cover broad historical movements in politics, social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. Applicants should demonstrate familiarity with the best practices recommended by the
Association for Documentary Editing
Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions.
All new projects (those which have never received NHPRC funding) must have definitive plans for publishing and preserving a digital edition which provides online access to a searchable collection of documents. New projects may also prepare print editions (including ebooks and searchable PDFs posted online) as part of their overall publishing plan, but the contents of those volumes must be published in a fully-searchable digital edition within a reasonable period of time following print publication.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Letter of Intent: May 3, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Letter of Intent: May 10, 2019
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline for Full Proposal: June 18, 2019
Sponsor Deadline for Full Proposal: June 25, 2019
$750,000 - up to a maximum of $1,250,000 for periods of up to 3 years
NSF and Amazon are partnering to jointly support computational research focused on fairness in AI, with the goal of contributing to trustworthy AI systems that are readily accepted and deployed to tackle grand challenges facing society. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to transparency, explainability, accountability, potential adverse biases and effects, mitigation strategies, validation of fairness, and considerations of inclusivity. Funded projects will enable broadened acceptance of AI systems, helping the U.S. further capitalize on the potential of AI technologies. Although Amazon provides partial funding for this program, it will not play a role in the selection of proposals for award.
FAS/SEAS/OSP Deadline: 5 business days prior to submission of a full proposal
Sponsor Deadline: varies by program; please see details below
Award Amount: varies by program; please see details below
This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is intended to highlight for the research community that NSF, as a primary federal funder of basic science and engineering research in the United States, continues to welcome and support competitive, peer-reviewed research that advances fundamental knowledge about the nature and underlying dynamics of sexual and other forms of harassment, and mechanisms for evaluating harassment prevalence, prevention, and responses, in a range of STEM education, research, and workplace settings. A number of programs across the Foundation may be appropriate for proposals that have clear, theoretically-driven research orientations and advance generalizable knowledge about sexual or other forms of harassment in STEM contexts. Examples of potential research foci include: the nature and dynamics of harassment, including underlying social and behavioral processes; mechanisms for assessing and evaluating harassment prevalence, prevention, and responses across a range of organizational levels; and harassment dynamics with respect to ethics, diversity, and inclusivity in science. Additionally, NSF programs in any research area may elect to support basic research or conferences about sexual or other forms of harassment in a specific research field, group, or context. Proposals involving international collaboration, in which NSF supports the U.S. component of the collaborative activities, may also be considered.
To determine whether a research idea is within the scope of this DCL and appropriate for a particular program, prospective principal investigators are strongly encouraged to contact, prior to submitting proposals, the directorate/office
Liaison(s) for Harassment Research
most closely aligned with the research activities to be proposed.
Other Federal Funding Opportunities:
Agency for International Development (USAID)
Department of State
National Institute of Justice
- NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime - May 6, 2019
- Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence - May 6, 2019
- Research and Evaluation on Policing - May 7, 2019
- Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives - May 13, 2019
- Artificial Intelligence Research and Development to Support Community Supervision - May 13, 2019
- DNA Capacity Enhancement for Backlog Reduction (CEBR) Program (Formula) - May 13, 2019
- Measuring the Impact of Victim Services: Instrument Development - May 16, 2019
- Native Student Travel Scholarship Program: Connecting Science to Crime and Justice - May 17, 2019
- Research Into Immigration and Crime - May 20, 2019
- Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR) - May 20, 2019
- National Juvenile Justice Data Analysis Program - May 20, 2019
- Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System - May 28, 2019
National Institutes of Health
- A Science of Science Policy Approach to Analyzing and Innovating the Biomedical Research Enterprise - May 8, 2019
- Growing Convergence Research - May 8, 2019
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - May 24, 2019
- Perception, Action & Cognition (PAC) - June 17, 2019
- Political Science Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (PS DDRIG) - June 17, 2019
- Archaeology and Archaeometry - July 1, 2019
- Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Frontiers* - July 5, 2019 (Letters of Inquiry)
- Science of Learning (SL) - July 10, 2019
- Developmental Sciences (DS) - July 15, 2019
- Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) - July 19, 2019 for SBE
- Biological Anthropology - July 22, 2019
- Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics* - August 29, 2019
- High Risk Research in Biological Anthropology and Archeology* - Rolling
- See all current NSF opportunities in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
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