While within the broad range of “archaeology” the focus is on projects judged to be significant from an anthropological perspective, the Program sets no priorities based on time period, geographic region or specific research topic.The Program administers four competitions each of which is described below.It also supports projects submitted under NSF-wide competition guidelines.

Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (DDRI) For a detailed description of the Archaeology Program DDRI competition, see Solicitation NSF 14-566 which can be accessed via the Archaeology DDRI web site.

It contains additional rules not presented in this synopsis.

The DDRI competition provides up to $20,000 (+ university indirect/overhead costs) to permit graduate students enrolled in US universities to conduct dissertation research. While the student writes the proposal and conducts/supervises the research, the dissertation advisor serves as the Principal Investigator and the student is listed as the Co-PI.

Salary and normal living expenses are not eligible costs but per diem and most other research expenses are allowable. Proposals may be submitted at any time and applicants are normally informally notified of the likely outcome within three months.

Applications are sent for evaluation to six individuals (“ad hoc reviewers”) specifically selected for subject matter expertise.

Students are allowed to resubmit one time if their original proposal is declined.

Unless Program Officer dispensation is obtained, a student, through their advisor, may submit only two proposals (an original submission and a resubmission if necessary).

(PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.

Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.