Skip to Main Content
Office of Grant Development

Archaeology Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards (DDRI)

Eligibility Note:
Applicant must be based in US institution.

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.

Doctoral dissertation research improvement (DDRI) awards provide support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation projects conducted by doctoral students enrolled in U.S. universities who are conducting scientific research that enhances basic scientific knowledge. As noted in the title of the awards, DDRI awards are meant to improve the conduct of the dissertation research. All DDRI proposals recommended for funding by the Archaeology Program must clearly demonstrate how the proposed research will contribute to the advancement of the basic science of anthropological archaeology.

DDRI awards provide funding for research costs not normally covered by the student's university. Examples of the kinds of expenses that may be included in a DDRI proposal budget are the following (please note that this list is illustrative and not inclusive):

  • Costs associated with travel and related expenses to conduct research at field sites, archives, specialized collections, and/or facilities away from the student's campus.
  • Costs for equipment necessary for the conduct of the project that will be devoted to the project over the duration of the award. (Note that any equipment purchased with NSF funds becomes property of the awardee organization.)
  • Costs for materials and supplies required for the conduct of the project.
  • Costs associated with archaeological field survey and excavation.
  • Costs for dating and analysis of archaeologically relevant materials.
  • Costs for archiving, preservation and public access to primary data.

Last Updated On: 2018-01-19

Go Back