Federal Funding Opportunities and Results

National Science Foundation Law & Social Sciences (LSS)

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.  For more information, go to www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504727

Fields of study include many disciplines, and often address problems including though not limited to:

The Law & Social Sciences Program provides the following modes of support:

Grant Opportunity
NSF - Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research
National Science Foundation

The Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) competition promotes the conduct of interdisciplinary research by teams of investigators in the social and behavioral sciences. Emphasis is placed on support for research that involves researchers from multiple SBE disciplinary fields and that integrates scientific theoretical approaches and methodologies from multiple SBE disciplinary fields. Emphasis also is placed on the significance of expected intellectual contributions that are likely to yield generalizable insights and information that will enhance theoretical perspectives and advance basic knowledge and capabilities across multiple SBE disciplinary fields.

Although the IBSS competition will consider any proposal that addresses a topic for which the proposal makes a compelling case that the research will enhance broader theoretical understanding across multiple social and behavioral science fields, social and behavioral science researchers are especially encouraged to submit proposals for research on one of the following three broadly defined topics:

Closing Date for Applications: Dec 1, 2015   All IBSS proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM (local time of submitting organization) on the annual IBSS proposal-submission deadline, which is the first Tuesday in December.
Archive Date: Jan 3, 2030
Estimated Total Program Funding: $10,500,000
Award Ceiling: $1,000,000


EAPSE funding for Graduate Students

OIIA/ISE would like to make you aware of an opportunity for U.S. graduate students in your community to participate in research experiences in East Asian countries in summer 2014 through the East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) program. EAPSI supports 200-205 graduate students each year to do research in the lab of their choice in any of seven locations: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan.  Each institute has a fixed start and end date, and includes a pre-departure orientation near NSF and an in-country language and culture orientation. An EAPSI award includes a $5,000 stipend and round trip air ticket provided by NSF, and a living allowance provided by NSF’s counterpart funding agency in the host location. The program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in research-oriented graduate programs in NSF-funded STEM fields. The U.S. graduate student is the PI on an EAPSI proposal. The application deadline for summer 2014 is November 25, 2013. The EAPSI program announcement and related information are available at http://www.nsf.gov/eapsi.

EAPSI is an excellent opportunity for U.S. graduate students to advance their research in collaboration with high-caliber scientists and engineers in East Asia and to build professional networks in a scientifically important region of the world. The program is entirely funded by ISE and our international partners: there is no cost to NSF directorates or to your PIs. It’s an excellent opportunity to leverage our resources to advance international research and education opportunities for your community. We invite you to share this mail or the link with PIs, graduate students, and others in your community who may benefit from the EAPSI opportunity.

Dear Colleague Letter: Forensic Science - Opportunity for Breakthroughs in Fundamental and
Basic Research and Education

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is interested in receiving proposals to existing programs in any directorate across
the Foundation that address fundamental research questions which might simultaneously advance activities related to
research and education in forensic sciences. Supplement requests to existing awards may also be submitted. More information

Dear Colleague Letter:
Stimulating Research Related to the Use and Functioning of the Civil Justice System

Law and Social Sciences (LSS) scholars have a rich tradition of describing and explaining how people and organizations mobilize the law, and, in turn, how legal institutions respond to legal demands. In order to stimulate research concerning the use and functioning of the civil justice system, the Law & Social Sciences program announces its continuing interest in supporting research in this area. More information

See the results of the NSF award for International Research Collaboratives

National Institute of Justice

LSA scholars may also be interested in funding opportunities through the National Institute of Justice. NIJ funds social science research on crime, violence and other criminal-justice related topics. Additional information is available at www.nij.gov/nij/funding/fellowships/welcome.htm