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The Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program has implemented a new schedule for the submission and evaluation of proposals. For additional information, see the Dear Colleague Letter:  Proposal Solicitation and Evaluation Changes for the GSS Program  

SBE 2020 Update.   The SBE 2020 Report, Rebuilding the Mosaic: Fostering Research in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation in the Next Decade is now available.  A webcast on this report was released on December 1, 2011.

Stimulating Research Related to the Science of Broadening Participation. The Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) and the Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES) within the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE) wish to bring to your attention our goal of stimulating research related to the Science of Broadening Participation (SBP). For complete details concerning this new endeavor, see our Dear Colleague Letter.

Interdisciplinary Research Across the SBE Sciences.  Rebuilding the Mosaic, which reports the results of the year-long SBE 2020 visioning process, finds that scholars in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences believe that future research will be interdisciplinary, collaborative, and data intensive. The Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) therefore encourages investigators to submit proposals that go beyond the boundaries of traditional disciplines, span across the existing core SBE programs, or extend outside the SBE sciences.  Visit the Dear Colleague Letter to learn more.

Law and Social Sciences. The Law and Social Sciences program (LSS) is particularly interested in enhancing its support of JD/PhD scholars in the law school academy, as outlined in the Dear Colleague Letter: Law and Social Sciences.

Coordination of the NSF-Census Research Network.  In fiscal year 2011, NSF made eight awards in response to proposals submitted to the NSF-Census Research Network Program Solicitation (NCRN; NSF 10-621).  This Dear Colleague Letter provides information on funding opportunities at the National Science Foundation for the research community to propose a coordination body for these new projects. 

Describing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age.  New digital technologies and datasets are transforming the practice of science. providing new ways for scientists to identify and contact key research partners to begin collaborations; to create scientific information, data, and knowledge; and to disseminate, replicate, and reuse it. At the same time, US science agencies are being asked to develop data sets, measure outcomes, and evaluate performance in order to inform policy and operational decisions. The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter is to advise you about NSF funding opportunities for workshops that will help identify and develop data, models, and tools to inform these efforts. 

International Collaboration

As scientific research becomes more global in scope and significance, fostering the expansion of interdisciplinary research endeavors and international collaborations is of increasing importance. The Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorate encourages research that brings U.S. scientists together with scientists from other countries to work on common projects.  Consequently, the SBE Directorate and The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) of the UK have been collaborating in support of research of mutual interest for several years.  A Memorandum of Understanding is in place to encourage interdisciplinary research and facilitate the peer-review and joint-funding of US-UK collaborative research in areas at the intersection of the two agencies' missions.  Prospective Principal Investigators (PIs) should review the programs supported through SBE's two research divisions, the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences and Division of Social and Economic Sciences, as well as the AHRC for further information on each of the agency's areas of support.  Researchers are also encouraged to discuss topics for possible joint support with agency personnel.

If you are interested in US-UK collaborative research opportunities, please review the special guidelines to learn more about the review process and criteria established under the MOU.

Data Management Plan for SBE Proposals
All proposals submitted to NSF must now include a Data Management Plan. Please see SBE's Guidance on Data Management Plans for detailed information concerning this policy.
Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Innovation Corps Sites Program
(NSF  12-604) Posted August 30, 2012

Innovation Corps Teams Program
(NSF  12-602) Posted August 28, 2012

NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows
(NSF  12-601) Posted August 27, 2012

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  12-599) Posted August 16, 2012

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students
(NSF  12-498) Posted August 10, 2012

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Science of Organizations
(PD  11-8031) Full Proposal: September 3, 2012

SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
(NSF  11-547) Full Proposal: September 9, 2012, Science of Science and Innovation Policy

Science of Science and Innovation Policy
(PD  09-7626) Full Proposal: September 9, 2012

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  12-569) Full Proposal: September 12, 2012, Deadline for REU Site proposals except for those requiring access to Antarctica

Geography and Spatial Sciences Program
(NSF  12-570) Full Proposal: September 13, 2012, Regular proposal submission deadline

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News See All
Illustration show the Earth with images of faces and a star and lighting effects in space. International Collaboration Key to Science and Engineering Globalization
Released August 30, 2012
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image of a baby chimp More Clues About Why Chimps and Humans Are Genetically Different
Released August 23, 2012
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Illustration of a graph on a grid in the foreground with purple circles in the background. NSF Reports on R&D Spending by Businesses in the United States
Released August 22, 2012
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image of a human brain Princeton Study Reveals the Brain's Mysterious Switchboard Operator
Released August 17, 2012
News From the Field
Photo of linguist Johanna Brugman of Cornell, right, with Ouma Katrina Esau and Willem Damarah. NEH and NSF Award $4.5 Million to Preserve Languages Threatened With Extinction
Released August 10, 2012
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Discoveries See All
Photo of a father holding a baby. Six-month-old Word Learners
Study of infants challenges developmental sequence of human language learning
Released  March 8, 2012

Image of a wolf howling in the forest. Studying Nature's Rhythms: Soundscape Ecologists Spawn New Field
Listen to biophony, geophony, anthrophony: the 'music' of Planet Earth
Released  February 6, 2012

Photo of a hunter enlarging a burrow and his dog at other burrow end and the words Photo Gallery. Older Is Better for Hunting Dogs
Research examines key demographic variables of Nicaraguan canines
Released  January 17, 2012

Image of seated child with three cyberbullies each with belt lock rising from her laptop. Foiling the Plan of a Cyberbully
Researchers suggest listening to students to craft prevention policies
Released  November 22, 2011

Illustration showing a depressed child holding a tablet with 3 cyberbullies coming out of tablet. Recognizing a Cyberbully
Anonymous nature of digital aggression clouds identities of virtual bullies
Released  November 15, 2011

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