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Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)

Important Announcements

A new Strategic Plan for the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) has been released to guide the division's pursuits and activities.  The goals of the division align with and flow from the new NSF Strategic Plan and the foundation's goals to Transform the Frontier, Innovate for Society, and Perform as a Model Organization.

The resource Tips and Guidelines on the Submission of Effective Annual, Final, and Project Outcomes Reports is now available to inform principal investigators about how project reports are used at NSF and how to write them.

About BCS

The Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) supports research to develop and advance scientific knowledge about humans spanning areas of inquiry including brain and behavior, language and culture, origins and evolution, and geography and the environment. In addition to the core program areas, BCS sponsors several additional crosscutting and NSF-wide funding opportunities.

Programs and Funding Opportunities

Key: Crosscutting Crosscutting | NSF Wide Flag NSF-wide

Anthropological Sciences
bullet Archaeology and Archaeometry
bullet Biological Anthropology
bullet Cultural Anthropology
bullet Cultural Anthropology Scholars Awards
bullet High-Risk Research in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology  (HRRBAA)
bullet Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants  (IPG)
Geography and Environmental Sciences
bullet Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems  (CNH) Crosscutting
bullet Geography and Spatial Sciences Program  (GSS)
bullet Long-Term Ecological Research  (LTER) Crosscutting
Psychological and Language Sciences
bullet Cognitive Neuroscience
bullet Developmental and Learning Sciences  (DLS)
bullet Documenting Endangered Languages  (DEL)
bullet Linguistics
bullet Perception, Action & Cognition  (PAC)
bullet Social Psychology
Additional Opportunities
bullet Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and in Education and Human Resources  (BCC-SBE/EHR) Crosscutting
bullet SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
bullet Social-Computational Systems  (SoCS)

Featured NSF-wide Programs

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NSF Educational Opportunities by Audience

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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

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

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

Documenting Endangered Languages
(NSF  11-554) Full Proposal: September 15, 2012

SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
(NSF  11-547) Full Proposal: September 15, 2012, Documenting Endangered Languages


News See All

image of a baby chimp More Clues About Why Chimps and Humans Are Genetically Different
Released August 23, 2012
News From the Field
image of a human brain Princeton Study Reveals the Brain's Mysterious Switchboard Operator
Released August 17, 2012
News From the Field
A sample has been removed from this tree slice to examine it for traces of gold. Trace Gold Reveals Tree's Past
Released June 14, 2005
Press Release
Full-body view of Lophocebus kipunji. New Primate Discovered in Mountain Forests of Tanzania
Released May 19, 2005
Press Release
Globalization and other factors speed language loss Federal Agencies Partner to Document Endangered Languages
Released May 5, 2005
Press Release

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

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

Illustration showing a depressed child holding a tablet with 3 cyberbullies coming out of tablet. Defining a Cyberbully
Social scientists struggle to characterize new form of harassment
Released  November 8, 2011


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