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SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA)

About SMA

SMA provides a focal point for programmatic activities that cut across NSF and SBE boundaries, and is SBE's broadest mechanism for contributing to Administration and NSF priorities. While all SBE divisions pursue interdisciplinary work, SMA assists with seeding multidisciplinary activities for the future and plays a critical role in the development of infrastructure to support interdisciplinary activities. SMA also funds Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP), Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites programs, SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF), and the agency-wide Science of Learning Centers (SLCs).  Co-funding with other divisions in SBE and with other directorates is typical for SMA, as is participation in interagency activities.  All areas of SBE sciences are represented in the SMA portfolio.

Programs and Funding Opportunities

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Digging into Data Challenge (DID)
Interdisciplinary Research across the SBE Sciences (IDR)
SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF)
SBE Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites (SBE REU Sites) NSF Wide Flag
Science of Learning Centers (SLC) NSF Wide Flag
Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP)

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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

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

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

SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
(NSF  11-547) Full Proposal: September 16, 2012, Political Science


News See All

Photo of a child holding two puzzle pieces. Puzzle Play Improves Math Skills
Released February 16, 2012
Press Release
Image of a young woman being prepared by a researcher for a brain imaging system. Gallaudet University Opens New Brain and Language Laboratory
Released December 12, 2011
Press Release
Jasleen Kaur After 25 Years, Sustainability Is a Growing Science That's Here to Stay
Released November 21, 2011
News From the Field
Image of two young children playing with balls. Big, Little, Tall and Tiny: Words That Promote Important Spatial Skills
Released November 9, 2011
Press Release
image of a brain cap Mind Reading Computer System May Help People With Locked-in Syndrome
Released October 17, 2011
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