Posted: August 25, 2020

Full proposal due February 10, 2021

The Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact (SOS:DCI) program is designed to understand the scientific research enterprise and increase the public value of scientific activity. The program pursues this goal by supporting basic research in three fundamental areas: 

  • How to increase the rate of socially beneficial discovery; 
  • How to improve science communication outcomes; and 
  • How to expand the societal benefits of scientific activity. 

 

The SOS:DCI program, which builds upon the former SciSIP program, funds research that builds theoretical and empirical understandings of these three areas. With this goal in mind, proposals should: 

  • Develop data, models, indicators, and associated analytical tools that constitute and enable transformative advances rather than incremental change. 
  • Identify ethical challenges and mitigate potential risks to people and institutions. 
  • Provide credible metrics and rigorous assessments of their proposed project’s impact.  
  • Include robust data management plans, preregistration plans where appropriate, and related commitments that increase the usability, validity, and reliability of scientific materials.  

 

 Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIGs)                                                                  

The Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants funding opportunity is designed to improve the quality of dissertation research. DDRIG awards provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university such as enabling doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus. DDRIGs do not provide cost-of-living or other stipends or tuition. Outstanding DDRIG proposals specify how the knowledge to be created advances science of science.

See full solicitation here

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