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SBE Leadership Opportunity - NSF is asking for your assistance in identifying potential candidates for the position of Division Director for the Social and Economic Sciences Division (SES) of the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE). See the Dear Colleague Letter for additional information.

Interdisciplinary Research Across the SBE Sciences - A new solicitation for the Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) competition has been published.  See the IBSS program website for more details.  A special interdisciplinary track for the SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF) competition continues.  See the SPRF program website for more details.

International Collaborative Research Opportunities - The NSF Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) announce international collaborating opportunities to United States and Israeli researchers in the fields of economics and psychology.  Please visit the Dear Colleague Letter for more information.

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.

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.  

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

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

Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering
(NSF  16-512) Posted November 9, 2015

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC)
(NSF  16-511) Posted November 5, 2015

Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications
(NSF  16-510) Posted October 30, 2015

Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems
(NSF  16-508) Posted October 20, 2015

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  16-504) Posted October 14, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Archaeology and Archaeometry
(PD  98-1391) Full Proposal: December 1, 2015, Archaeometry

Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research
(NSF  15-588) Full Proposal: December 1, 2015, All IBSS proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM (local time of submitting organization) on the annual IBSS proposal-submission deadline, which is the first Tuesday in December.

Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies
(NSF  14-526) Full Proposal: December 7, 2015, Capacity-Building Projects (CAPs)

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  16-503) Letter of Intent: December 9, 2015, Applies to both tracks

Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems
(NSF  16-508) Letter of Intent: December 10, 2015, INTEGRATIVE FOUNDATIONS

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Released November 3, 2015
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Blending cognition and engineering to reveal the neural basis of creativity
Released  November 17, 2015

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Post-Hurricane Katrina research aims to provide communities better data on rodent populations, dangers
Released  November 5, 2015

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Research examines how customers feel about key part of smart grid
Released  October 27, 2015

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NSF-sponsored research looks into how a changing technological landscape affects survey collection
Released  October 20, 2015

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Released  October 20, 2015

Events Calendar See All

September 10, 2015  - January 21, 2016
ADVANCE IT and IT-Catalyst pre-proposal Technical Assistance Webinars

November 9, 2015  - December 9, 2016
2016 NRT Informational Webinars

December 2, 2015  - December 3, 2015
EHR Advisory Committee Fall 2015 Meeting
Advisory Committee Meeting

December 3, 2015  - December 4, 2015
Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program Panel

December 4, 2015
EHR Research on Early Childhood Education Open House

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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)
Publications See All
Federal Budget Authority for R&D in FYs 2014 and 2015 Turns Modesty Upward, but Extent of Increase in FY 2016 Uncertain
Federal R&D Funding, by Budget Function: Fiscal Year 2014-16
Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Research Related to the Science of Broadening Participation
Dear Colleague Letter - Hispanic Serving Institution - Supplements
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program for Submission in Years 2015 and 2016
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