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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

Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences
(NSF  15-602) Posted August 20, 2015

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Posted August 3, 2015

Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience
(NSF  15-595) Posted July 31, 2015

Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research
(NSF  15-588) Posted July 13, 2015

Restricted-Access Research Data Centers
(NSF  15-586) Posted July 1, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

Geography and Spatial Sciences Program
(NSF  14-537) Full Proposal: September 3, 2015, Proposal-submission deadline

Science of Organizations
(PD  11-8031) Full Proposal: September 3, 2015

Science of Science and Innovation Policy
(PD  09-7626) Full Proposal: September 9, 2015

Documenting Endangered Languages
(NSF  15-567) Full Proposal: September 15, 2015

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace
(NSF  15-575) Full Proposal: September 16, 2015, MEDIUM Projects

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News See All
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Released August 21, 2015
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Released August 14, 2015
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Released August 12, 2015
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Released August 3, 2015
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Released July 28, 2015
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Anthropologist's account of a family's 8-year recovery after Hurricane Katrina yields lessons for future disasters
Released  August 28, 2015

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Research at Drexel University shows sudden insights are real--and you can train your brain to have more
Released  August 3, 2015

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Southern accents are declining in North Carolina. What does that tell us about social dynamics?
Released  July 27, 2015

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Fighting wildlife trafficking with interdisciplinary research and a legacy of international collaboration
Released  July 13, 2015

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Infants develop feelings about those who are like them and different from them at an early age
Released  July 10, 2015

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October 2, 2015
Informational Webinar on NSF 15-598, Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI)
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November 2, 2015  - November 3, 2015
NSF Grants Conference - Arlington, VA
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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
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Business R&D Performance in the United States Increases Over 6% to $323 Billion in 2013
General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the US Ignite (NSF 15-508) Cooperative Agreement(s)
Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Research Related to the Science of Broadening Participation
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