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Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants (IPG)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See PD 15-1392 for the latest version.

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.


The Biological Anthropology and Archaeology Programs are pleased to invite investigators to apply for an "Integrative Paleoanthropology Grant."  In 2012, contingent on availability of funds, the Programs plan to make a single award for a maximum of $1,000,000 to support a multi-year project of up to five years in duration. 

The goal of the competition is to further innovative, integrative research to elucidate the principles which underlie hominin biological and behavioral evolution over deep time. While the intellectual scope of the competition is thus constrained, the potential methodologies and disciplines are not. It is understood, for example, that fields such as cognitive science, genetics or mathematical modeling may be directly relevant to such an endeavor.  The competition is intended to stimulate integrative research which crosses normal disciplinary and intellectual boundaries in original ways and this aspect is a central criterion and requirement of the competition.  Competition organizers recognize the difficulty in defining concepts such as "innovative integrative research" since much paleoanthropological research is currently interdisciplinary and integrative in nature.  "Integration", for example, need not only be cross-disciplinary but might encompass broader perspectives on regional and large scale comparative issues. Proposals are required to address this issue directly in the project description by using up to two pages of the 15 to specifically speak to how the proposed research is both integrative and innovative beyond norms currently in practice and how the proposed research could not be accomplished otherwise.  Reviewers and Program Officials will place significant weight on this criterion.

Applicants should submit their proposal to either the Biological Anthropology or Archaeology Programs by 4/18/2012. Proposals should follow standard Program guidelines (except for the listed target dates) that are available on the Program's web site, and should be identified by the inclusion of the "IPG" prefix in the application title. Please note the NSF requirement that proposals requesting postdoctoral support must include a postdoctoral mentoring plan.  Also, NSF requires that all proposals contain a data management plan.  Both of these plans have a specific place under Supplementary Documents on the Form Preparation screen in Fastlane.  Proposals will be evaluated through both outside review and a specially constituted panel. In addition to the specifics discussed above, standard NSF review criteria apply.


Program contacts

John E. Yellen
jyellen@nsf.gov (703) 292-8759 SBE/BCS
Carolyn L. Ehardt
cehardt@nsf.gov (703) 292-7850
Elizabeth Tran
etran@nsf.gov (703) 292-5338

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