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The NSF Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences supports the 2010 and 2012 General Social Survey (GSS) and the US component of the International Social Survey Program (ISSP). One award is expected for the next four-year funding cycle, fiscal years 2009-2012. The GSS is a nationally representative personal interview survey of the United States adult population that collects data on a wide range of topics: behavioral items such as group membership and participation; personal psychological evaluations including measures of well-being, misanthropy, and life satisfaction; attitudinal questions on such public issues as crime and punishment, race relations, gender roles, and spending priorities; and demographic characteristics of respondents and their parents. The GSS has provided data on contemporary American society since 1972, serving as a barometer of social change and trends in attitudes, behaviors, and attributes of the US adult population. In 1984, the GSS stimulated cross-national research by collaborating with Australia, Britain, and Germany to develop data collection programs modeled on the GSS. This program of comparative cross-national research, called the International Social Survey Program (ISSP), now includes 43 nations and enables researchers and analysts to place findings and trends from the United States within a comparative perspective.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 pm Friday, November 30, 2007. Letters of intent should be limited to a three-page overview of the proposed project summarizing the following elements: 1) expertise of PI and other project participants, 2) strategies for data collection for GSS data, and 3) plans for dissemination and archiving GSS data.


$10 - $15 million over four years

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, November 30, 2007

Sponsor Deadlines:

A required letter of intent is due by December 6, 2007.
The deadline for submission of invited full proposals is February 18, 2008.

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in social and behavioral sciences. Please forward it to faculty members who may qualify.

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