Archaeology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (Arch-DDRI)

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

The Archaeology Program supports anthropologically relevant archaeological research. This means that the value of the proposed research can be justified within an anthropological context. The Program sets no priorities by either geographic region or time period. It also has no priorities in regard to theoretical orientation or question and it is the responsibility of the applicant to explain convincingly why these are significant and have the potential to contribute to anthropological knowledge. While the Program, in order to encourage innovative research, neither limits nor defines specific categories of research type, most applications either request funds for field research and/or the analysis of archaeological material through multiple approaches. The Program also supports methodological projects which develop analytic techniques of potential archaeological value.

Proposals Accepted Anytime.

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Eligibility Requirements

DDRI proposals must be submitted with a principal investigator (PI) and a co-principal investigator (Co-PI) who is the dissertation student. The PI must be the advisor of the doctoral student or another faculty member at the U.S. university where the doctoral student is enrolled.



Amount Description

The anticipated funding amount per fiscal year is $1,000,000 to $1,200,000 pending availability of funds. Project budgets should be developed at scales appropriate for the work to be conducted. DDRI awards may not exceed $20,000 in allowable direct costs for the entire duration of the award. Indirect costs are in addition to this maximum direct cost limitation and are subject to the awardee's current Federally negotiated indirect cost rate. The maximum project duration is 36 months.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


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