Geography and Spatial Sciences Program

“The National Science Foundation’s Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program sponsors research on the geographic distributions and interactions of human, physical, and biotic systems on Earth. Investigators are encouraged to propose plans for research about the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity and natural environmental processes across a range of scales. Projects on a variety of topics qualify for support if they offer promise of contributing to scholarship by enhancing geographical knowledge, concepts, theories, methods, and their application to societal problems and concerns.

The goals of the program are to promote:

  • Scientific research in geography and the spatial sciences that advances theory and basic understanding and that addresses the challenges facing society.
  • Integration of geographers and spatial scientists in interdisciplinary research.
  • Education and training of geographers and spatial scientists in order to enhance the capabilities of current and future generations of researchers.
  • Development and use of scientific methods and tools for geographic research.” (

Closing Date: 09/01/2016

Funding Information: “$5,000,000 to $6,000,000 pending availability of funds. Project budgets should be developed at scales appropriate for the work to be conducted. Regular research awards supported by GSS generally range from between $40,000 to $400,000. Faculty early-career development (CAREER) awards must be a minimum of $400,000, with CAREER awards supported by GSS rarely exceeding $550,000. Awards to support conferences, workshops, group travel, and/or other community-development activities generally range between $20,000 and $300,000. Research coordination network (RCN) awards generally range between $300,000 and $500,000. RAPID awards generally range between $20,000 and $60,000. All figures in the preceding sentences are totals that include both direct and indirect costs for the entire duration of the award. Somewhat larger funding amounts may be possible if other NSF programs participate in co-funding of a project with GSS.” (

Number of Estimated Awards: 30-40



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