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Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)

Important Announcements

A brief guide NSF's Technical Reporting Requirements  has been updated to include the changes in the 2016 NSF Grants Proposal Guide. This guide should be used by Principal Investigators as a resource to find out about the information that should be included in annual, final, and project outcome reports. As of March 18, 2013, all NSF reports must be submitted through Research.gov. PIs who have not had experience with the reporting modules in Research.gov may also find the Getting Started Guide useful.

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.

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

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Anthropological Sciences
bullet Archaeology and Archaeometry
bullet Archaeology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards  (Arch-DDRI)
bullet Biological Anthropology
bullet Biological Anthropology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants  (BA-DDRIG)
bullet Cultural Anthropology
bullet Cultural Anthropology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants  (CA-DDRIG)
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)
bullet Geography and Spatial Sciences Program  (GSS)
bullet Geography and Spatial Sciences Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards  (GSS-DDRI)
bullet Long-Term Ecological Research  (LTER)
Psychological and Language Sciences
bullet Cognitive Neuroscience  (CogNeuro)
bullet Developmental and Learning Sciences  (DLS)
bullet Documenting Endangered Languages  (DEL)
bullet Linguistics
bullet Linguistics Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards  (Ling-DDRI)
bullet Perception, Action & Cognition  (PAC)
bullet Social Psychology
Additional Opportunities
bullet Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research  (IBSS)
bullet Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences  (RIDIR)
bullet Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace  (SaTC)
Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP)
bullet Additional Funding Opportunities for the CNS Community
Restricted-Access Research Data Centers (RDCs)
Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)

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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Tribal Colleges and Universities Program
(NSF  16-531) Posted January 12, 2016

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems
(NSF  16-524) Posted December 21, 2015

Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes
(NSF  16-519) Posted December 11, 2015

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

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


Upcoming Due Dates See All

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  16-503) Full Proposal: February 9, 2016, Applies to both tracks

Cognitive Neuroscience
(PD  15-1699) Full Proposal: February 11, 2016

Geography and Spatial Sciences Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards
(NSF  14-538) Full Proposal: February 11, 2016, DDRI Proposal-Submission Deadline

Resource Implementations for Data Intensive Research in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences
(NSF  15-602) Full Proposal: February 29, 2016

Cultural Anthropology
(PD  98-1390) Supplement: March 1, 2016, Research Experience for Graduates


News See All

illustration of the bird known as Genyornis newton Ancient extinction of giant Australian bird points to humans
Released January 29, 2016
News From the Field
image of an orchestra Researchers uncover 'predictive neuron orchestra' behind looking and reaching movements
Released January 12, 2016
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

woman looking out of the window The profound power of loneliness
Depression, dementia and even some useful effects: Research examines how loneliness affects the social human brain
Released  February 3, 2016

person with EEG cap looking at art At the intersection of neuroscience and art
Blending cognition and engineering to reveal the neural basis of creativity
Released  November 17, 2015

researcher setting a rat trap Where do rats move in after disasters? This team finds out
Post-Hurricane Katrina research aims to provide communities better data on rodent populations, dangers
Released  November 5, 2015

person sitting next to a lake formed in a flooded sinkhole Ancient fossils show effect of humans on Caribbean wildlife
Fossils found in flooded cave tell new story about nature-human interactions
Released  October 20, 2015

Mota cave dig site From a very old skeleton, new insights on ancient migrations
Discovery in Ethiopia yields first ancient human genome sequence from Africa
Released  October 8, 2015


Events Calendar See All

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

February 22, 2016
Nanoscale Organic Hybrid Materials and Applications in Next-Generation Energy-Storage Technologies
Lecture

February 29, 2016  - March 1, 2016
NSF Grants Conference in Portland, Oregon
Outreach

March 21, 2016
2016 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop
Workshop

March 22, 2016
2016 NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop
Workshop




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