Deadline: January 17, 2017

Agency/Sponsor: National Science Foundation


DLS supports fundamental research that increases our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to children's and adolescents' development and learning. Research support by this program will add to our basic knowledge of how people learn and the underlying development processes that support learning, social functioning, and productive lives as members of society. DLS supports research that addresses developmental processes within the domains of cognitive, social, emotional, and motor development using any appropriate populations for the topics of interest including infants, children, adolescents, adults, and non-human animals. The program also supports research investigating factors that impact development change including family, peers, school, community, culture, media, physical, genetic, and epigenetic influences. Additional priorities include research that: incorporates multidisciplinary, multimethod, microgenetic, and longitudinal approaches; develops new methods, models, and theories for studying learning and development; includes participants from a range of ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultures; and integrates different processes (e.g., learning, memory, emotion), levels of analysis (e.g., behavioral, social, neural), and time scales (e.g. infancy, middle childhood, adolescence). 

FUNDING: While there are no specific rules about budget limitations, a typical project funded through the DLS program is approximate 3 years duration with a total cost budget, including both direct and indirect costs, between $100,000 and $200,000 per year. The DLS program also accepts proposals for workshops and small conferences. These typically have total cost budgets, including direct and indirect costs, of approximately $35,000. 

Phone: (703) 292-7305 
Write: Laura Namy, Program Director
          Div. of Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences 
          National Science Foundation 
          4201 Wilson Blvd. 995 N 
          Arlington, VA 22230 

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