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NSF Law and Social Science Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF), a U.S. organization that promotes and advances scientific progress, established an interdisciplinary program in law and social science in 1971. The program is headquartered in the Division of Social and Economic Sciences, in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. The program supports social scientific studies of law and lawlike systems of rules, institutions, processes, and behaviors. As of fiscal 2005, the program had an annual budget of approximately $3.8 million.

The program supports research on a broad range of sociolegal phenomena. These include, but are not limited to, research designed to enhance the scientific understanding of the impact of law; human behavior and interactions as these relate to law; the dynamics of legal decision making; and the nature, sources, ...

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