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SEES:  Interactions of Food Systems with Water and Energy Systems. Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the NSF aims to accelerate fundamental understanding and stimulate basic research on the interconnected and interdependent systems of food, energy, and water. NSF requests proposals for (a) supplements that build off of existing NSF funded research activities or (b) conferences that bring together interdisciplinary research communities to explore new dimensions of the couplings between food, energy, and water systems. NSF invites the research community to attend a webinar on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM for more information about this DCL.  The webinar will feature a live question and answer session. Pre-registration is required. Visit the event's announcement  for registration instructions as well as additional details about the webinar.

Science of Learning: Collaborative Networks (SL- CN).  NSF invites proposals to support the creation of new research networks to address important questions in the Science of Learning. Networks will focus on advancing basic research through integrative, interdisciplinary perspectives and methodologies, through integration of theory and experiment, and across scales of analysis; and/or translating findings from basic research on learning to applications to benefit society and further inform fundamental theories of learning.  See the solicitation for additional information.

Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NSF-NCS).  NSF announces a solicitation to support transformative and integrative research that will accelerate understanding of neural and cognitive systems.  This call for bold proposals that transcend disciplinary perspectives and approaches is a part of NSF's broader investment in cognitive science and neuroscience, a multi-year effort that includes its participation in the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.  See the solicitation for more information.

I/UCRCs focused on Understanding the Brain's Structure and Function.  NSF welcomes proposals for the establishment of Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers in areas related to brain imaging and identifying structure-behavior relationships.  See the Dear Colleague Letter for more information.

International Collaboration Opportunities related to the NSF Investments in Understanding the Brain.  NSF is interested in promoting international scientific cooperation that links scientists and engineers from a range of disciplines and organizations across international borders. See the Dear Colleague Letter for more information about this initiative. 

I/UCRCS in Areas Relevant  to the Forensic Sciences.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) have partnered as co-sponsors to welcome proposals for the establishment of Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers in areas relevant to the forensic sciences.  See the Dear Colleague Letter for more information. 

Youth Violence: Opportunity for Breakthroughs in Fundamental Basic Research.  SBE announces a special interest in basic research addressing the causes and consequences of violence perpetrated by and against youth.  The goal is to stimulate research that addresses theoretical understanding of the contributors to youth violence and to its reduction.  More information is available in our Dear Colleague Letter.  

Stimulating Research Related to the Science of Broadening Participation.  Building on previous investments, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) and the Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR) announce their interest in stimulating research related to the Science of Broadening Participation (SBP).  For complete details concerning this endeavor, see its Dear Colleague Letter.  Two other SBP-related DCLs that include SBE involvement include: Announcement of Effort to Broaden the Participation of Students in Two-Year Hispanic Serving Institutions in STEM and Stimulating Research on Effective Strategies in Undergraduate STEM Education at Two-Year Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Research on Privacy in Today's Networked World.  SBE and the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) invite investigators to submit proposals that address the need to develop new and deeper understandings of privacy in today's networked world.  See its Dear Colleague Letter for more information.

Stimulating Integrative Research in Computational Cognition.  NSF is currently welcoming proposals in the Computational Cognition field. The aim is to encourage active dialogue across the cognitive and computational communities, facilitate bidirectional cross-fertilization of ideas, and nurture emerging areas of transdisciplinary research.  See our Dear Colleague Letter for details on this initiative. 

Forensic Science: Opportunity for Breakthroughs in Fundamental and Basic Research and Education.  NSF is currently welcoming proposals that meet the agency's basic science mission while also potentially contributing to the advancement of forensic applications. For more information concerning this, see its Dear Colleague Letter

Assessing the Impacts of Recent and On-going Changes in Federal Science Policy. The Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program's core mission is to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policies.  See this Dear Colleague Letter to learn about the program's funding opportunities associated with the scientific analysis of the implementation and impacts of recent science policy initiatives.

Interdisciplinary Research Across the SBE Sciences, Including a New Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Sciences (IBSS) Competition.  Based on feedback gathered during the SBE 2020 visioning processand presented in Rebuilding the Mosaic, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) 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.  A new Dear Colleague Letter outlines a range of options for pursuing support for interdisciplinary research that bridges the social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) sciences.  Among these options is a new competition for Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (IBSS).  Consult the IBSS website and the IBSS solicitation for more information.

International Collaboration

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Research Councils UK (RCUK) have a long history of collaboration in supporting research through both bilateral activities and multilateral arrangements. Both organizations agree that - as research becomes increasingly global in nature - it is important for funding agencies to continue to identify and develop flexible mechanisms to foster and support collaborative international research.

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) of the NSF and the Research Councils UK (RCUK) are pleased to announce the SBE-RCUK Lead Agency Funding Opportunity. The goal of this funding opportunity is to reduce some of the barriers to working internationally that researchers currently encounter. This funding opportunity builds upon an existing Lead Agency Agreement between SBE and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) of the UK that was started in 2009. It expands upon that agreement to include other United Kingdom Research Councils that fund research in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences.

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 SBE-RCUK Lead Agency Agreement.

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

Cultural Anthropology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
(NSF  15-556) Posted March 11, 2015

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Posted March 10, 2015

Archaeology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards
(NSF  15-554) Posted March 6, 2015

Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Science & Engineering
(NSF  15-544) Posted February 19, 2015

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  15-542) Posted February 5, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Integrative Paleoanthropology Grants
(PD  15-1392) Full Proposal: April 2, 2015

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure
(NSF  15-519) Full Proposal: April 3, 2015

Perception, Action & Cognition
(PD  09-7252) Full Proposal: April 15, 2015, The April proposal window is only for workshop and conference proposals, not for research proposals. Proposals for workshops and conferences that will be held less than one year after submission may be returned without review.

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  15-542) Full Proposal: May 6, 2015, Applies to both tracks

Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies
(NSF  14-526) Letter of Intent: May 11, 2015, Letter of Intent: Integration (INT) Projects only

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Released March 25, 2015
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Tornado simulation created at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. Super storms: Risk and resilience
Released March 19, 2015
Media Advisory
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Released March 18, 2015
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NSF logo Public Access to Results of NSF-funded Research
Released March 18, 2015
Special Report
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Released March 4, 2015
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Think you know the man behind the famous equation? Find out how Einstein dealt with the doubters of relativity--and tried to get his kids to write him more letters.
Released  March 20, 2015

Chein-shiung Wu Pioneering women in STEM
Names you should know, in celebration of Women's History Month
Released  March 17, 2015

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NSF- and NOAA-sponsored studies help improve the quality of emergency communications
Released  February 6, 2015

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Using big data techniques, engineers more accurately model how people adapt to snowstorms and other disruptions
Released  February 5, 2015

Danielle Bassett Researcher studies how different brain regions interact during tasks
2014 MacArthur Fellow’s work has potential to diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, addiction, stroke, autism, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease
Released  December 8, 2014

Events Calendar See All

March 16, 2015  - May 6, 2015
2015 NRT Informational Webinars
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April 1, 2015
NSF Day at the University of Washington Bothell
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April 8, 2015  - April 9, 2015
Advisory Committee for Geosciences
Advisory Committee Meeting

May 20, 2015
NSF Day at Texas Tech
Workshop

June 1, 2015  - June 2, 2015
NSF Grants Conference - Tampa, FL
Outreach

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Exploring What Makes Us Human
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Bringing People Into Focus: How Social, Behavioral & Economic Research Addresses National Challenges
"Youth Violence: What We Need to Know" Report to NSF
Social, Behavioral and Economic Research in the Federal Context Report
Expedited Review of Social and Behavioral Research Activities Report
SBE Advisory Committee Web Site (for members only)
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Research Space at Academic Institutions Increased by 4.7% between FY 2011 and FY 2013
General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the U.S. Science Support Program associated with the International Ocean Discovery Program (NSF 14-549) Cooperative Agreement(s)
Public Access Plan: Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries: Increasing Access to the Results of Research Funded by the National Science Foundation
Dear Colleague Letter: Support for Agenda Setting Conferences for the SciSIP Program
Dear Colleague Letter: Innovative Uses of STAR METRICS & NCSES Data to Illuminate Science Policy
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