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Decision, Risk and Management Sciences - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DRMS-DDRIG)

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Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.

Supports doctoral dissertation research that increases understanding of how individuals, organizations and societies make decisions. Areas include judgment, decision analysis, risk communication, public policy decision making and management science.


The Decision, Risk and Management Sciences Program (DRMS) supports scientific research directed at increasing understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations and society. DRMS supports research with solid foundations in theories and methods of the social and behavioral sciences. This social and behavioral science research should advance knowledge, address fundamental scientific and societal issues and have strong broader impacts. DRMS funds doctoral dissertation research improvement grants (DDRIGs) in the following areas:

  • Judgement and decision making.
  • Decision analysis and decision aids.
  • Risk analysis, perception and communication.
  • Societal and public-policy decision making.
  • Management science and organizational design.

All research must be grounded in theory and generalizable. Purely theoretical or algorithmic proposals are not appropriate for DRMS DDRIG proposals.

Program contacts

Claudia Gonzalez-Vallejo
Program Director
clagonza@nsf.gov (703) 292-4710 SBE/SES
Robert E. O'Connor
Program Director
roconnor@nsf.gov (703) 292-7263

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