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Decision, Risk, and Management Science
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Decision, Risk, and Management Science Program
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The Decision, Risk, and Management Science program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research, and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design. The program also supports small grants for exploratory research of a time-critical nature, such as decision making in response to extreme events.

Funded research must be relevant to an operational or applied context, be grounded in theory, empirical and generalizable.

In the past few years the DRMS program has funded proposals in the following topic areas:

Decision Making
Cross-cultural decision making
Memory and choice
Group decision making
Hypothesis testing
Measurement theoretic issues
Information distortion during decision making
Influence of affect on decision making
Risk management
Risk perception/communication
Methodological issues
Risk and decision making
Learning/human performance/human factors
Organizational theory/behavior
Group processes/teams
Information technology
Target Dates
January 18 Regular Proposals
August 18 Regular Proposals
Points of Contact

Program Director: Robert O'Connor, email:
Program Director: Jacqueline Meszaros, email:
Program Assistant: Tia Fuell, email:
Program and Technology Specialist: Dana Walden, email:

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Decision, Risk, and Management Science Program
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 995
Arlington, VA 22230
Phone: (703) 292-8761
FAX: (703) 292-9068

DRMS Advisory Panel
Current and Recent DRMS Advisory Panel Members

If you have any comments or suggestions, please send email to Robert O'Connor:, or Jacqueline Meszaros:

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Related Funding Opportunities
  Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program


NSF 02-121: ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers


NSF 00-144: Research in Undergraduate Institutions and Research Opportunities Awards (RUI/ROA)


NSF 01-107: Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (REU)

NSF 92-136: Joint NSF/Private Sector Research

Also see Cross-Directorate Activities

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Proposal and Submission Guidelines
Guidelines specific to this program
Research Proposal Checklist
General Guidelines
Guidelines for all SES Programs
Related Links

Society for Judgment and Decision Making


Decision Analysis Society


Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences


Society for Risk Analysis

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