High-Risk Research in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology (HRRBAA)

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

Anthropological research may be conducted under unusual circumstances, often in distant locations. As a result the ability to conduct potentially important research may hinge on factors that are impossible to assess from a distance and some projects with potentially great payoffs may face difficulties in securing funding. This program gives small awards that provide investigators with the opportunity to assess the feasibility of an anthropological research project. The information gathered may then be used as the basis for preparing a more fully developed research program. Projects which face severe time constraints because of transient phenomena or access to materials may also be considered.

Investigators must contact the cognizant NSF Program Director before submitting an HRRBAA proposal. This will facilitate determining whether the proposed work is appropriate for HRRBAA support. 

Deadline: Open.

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Amount Description

Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds. Individual awards are limited to $25,000 and one year duration.

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Social Sciences