Biological Anthropology (Regular Research - Senior Awards)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: Jul 20, 2018

Later deadlines: Jan 20, 2019, Jul 20, 2019, Jan 20, 2020, Jul 20, 2020, Jan 20, 2021, Jul 20, 2021, Jan 20, 2022, Jul 20, 2022

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty Unaffiliated Researcher Government Entity Nonprofit For-Profit Business College / University Research Scientist

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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The Biological Anthropology Program (Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences) conducts competitions for the regular research (Senior) awards and the doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (DDRIG) on a staggered 8-month interval cycle.

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. Many proposals also have a biocultural 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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible applicants are:

    • Universities and Colleges: Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.

      • Academic institutions located outside the US fall under "Foreign Organizations" in Ineligibility, below.

    • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations located in the US that are directly associated with educational or research activities.

    • For-profit organizations: US commercial organizations, especially small businesses with strong capabilities in scientific or engineering research or education.

      • An unsolicited proposal from a commercial organization may be funded when the project is of special concern from a national point of view, special resources are available for the work, or the proposed project is especially meritorious.

      • NSF is interested in supporting projects that couple industrial research resources and perspectives with those of universities; therefore, it especially welcomes proposals for cooperative projects involving both universities and the private commercial sector.

    • State and Local Governments: State educational offices or organizations and local school districts may submit proposals intended to broaden the impact, accelerate the pace, and increase the effectiveness of improvements in science, mathematics and engineering education in both K-12 and post-secondary levels.

    • Unaffiliated Individuals: Scientists, engineers or educators in the US and US citizens may be eligible for support, provided that the individual is not employed by, or affiliated with, an organization, and the individual:

      • has demonstrated the capability and has access to any necessary facilities to carry out the project; and

      • agrees to fiscal arrangements that, in the opinion of the NSF Division of Grants & Agreements, ensure responsible management of Federal funds.

      • Unaffiliated individuals must contact the appropriate program prior to preparing and submitting a proposal.

    • Other Federal agencies NSF does not normally support research or education activities by scientists, engineers or educators employed by Federal agencies or Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs).

      • Under unusual circumstances, other Federal agencies and FFRDCs may submit proposals directly to NSF.

      • A proposed project is only eligible for support if it meets one or more of the following exceptions, as determined by a cognizant NSF Program Officer:

        • Special Projects. Under exceptional circumstances, research or education projects at other Federal agencies or FFRDCs that can make unique contributions to the needs of researchers elsewhere or to other specific NSF objectives may receive NSF support.

        • National and International Programs. The Foundation may fund research and logistic support activities of other Government agencies or FFRDCs directed at meeting the goals of special national and international research programs for which the Foundation bears special responsibility, such as the US Antarctic Research Program.

        • International Travel Awards. In order to ensure appropriate representation or availability of a particular expertise at an international conference, staff researchers of other Federal agencies may receive NSF international travel awards.


  • Foreign organizations:  NSF rarely provides support to foreign organizations.
    • NSF will consider proposals for cooperative projects involving US and foreign organizations, provided support is requested only for the US portion of the collaborative effort.