Common Granting Programs for Applied Economists
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.
Awards include social, behavioral and economic research that builds the fundamental knowledge on human behavior, interaction, and social and economic systems. Research is supported through the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Divisions of Behavior and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), and Social and Economic Sciences (SES). NSF research is often thought of as at the border between other social sciences and economics.
NSF also provides a Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) that contains guidelines for preparing and submitting proposals at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg.