National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (NSF DDRI) awards recommended by Sociology will not exceed $16,000, a total that includes both allowable direct costs and appropriate indirect costs over the duration of the award. Project budgets should be developed at scales appropriate for the work to be conducted and may only include costs directly associated with the conduct of dissertation research. DDRI awards are not intended to provide the full costs of a student's doctoral dissertation research. DDRI awards provide funding for research costs not normally covered by the student's institution.
Examples of the kinds of expenses that may be included in a DDRI proposal budget are the following:
- Costs associated with travel and related expenses to conduct research at field sites, archives, specialized collections, and/or facilities away from the student's campus;
- Costs for data-collection activities, including the conduct of surveys, questionnaires, and/or focus groups or the purchase of extant data;
- Costs for equipment necessary for the conduct of the project that will be devoted to the project over the duration of the award (any equipment purchased with NSF funds becomes property of the awardee organization);
- Costs for payments to research subjects and/or informants;
- Costs for non-routine materials and supplies required for the conduct of the project;
- Costs for data transcription (a letter outlining service and service costs will be required before an award will be recommended);
- Analysis and research services not otherwise available;
- Costs for training in qualitative and quantitative methods required to complete the dissertation.
DDRI awards may be for one or two years in duration. The dissertation does not have to be completed during that time period, but costs associated with research activities to be reimbursed with DDRI funds must be incurred when the award is active.
The total estimated number of DDRI awards per fiscal year is 30 to 35.
Full Proposal Target Date:
October 15, 2019
The Fall 2019 target date for submission of proposals to the Sociology DDRI competition is October 15, 2019. Based on the evaluation of proposals in the Fall competition, some Principal Investigators and co-PIs may be invited to revise and resubmit proposals for the Spring competition (February 28, 2020 and annually thereafter). Proposals to the annual Spring competition will only be accepted from PIs and co-PIs whose proposals were declined in the Fall competition and who are formally invited to resubmit. Those not receiving a resubmission invitation can only reapply to the following Fall target date (October 15).
International students, U.S. citizens, and those with Permanent Resident status are eligible to apply.