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Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)

Important Announcements

A brief guide NSF's Technical Reporting Requirements is now available to inform Principal Investigators 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 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

Key: Crosscutting Crosscutting | NSF Wide Flag NSF-wide

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)
Restricted-Access Research Data Centers (RDCs)

Featured NSF-wide Programs

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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

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

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace
(NSF  15-575) Posted June 1, 2015


Upcoming Due Dates See All

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

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

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace
(NSF  15-575) Full Proposal: September 24, 2015, LARGE Projects

Restricted-Access Research Data Centers
(NSF  15-586) Full Proposal: September 30, 2015


News See All

girl looking up trying to make a decision Character traits outweigh material benefits in assessing value others bring us
Released August 3, 2015
News From the Field
an indigenous Xavante midwife American History 201
Released July 21, 2015
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

Three women next to houses damaged by storm Documenting the invisible damage of Katrina
Anthropologist's account of a family's eight-year recovery after Hurricane Katrina yields lessons for future disasters
Released  August 28, 2015

man looking at EEG data on the screen What happens when 'Aha!' strikes
Research at Drexel University shows sudden insights are real--and you can train your brain to have more
Released  August 3, 2015

Robin Dodsworth and people at a market As a Southern community changes, an accent fades
Southern accents are declining in North Carolina. What does that tell us about social dynamics?
Released  July 27, 2015

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

Child looking outside the window from a high floor No fear of falling
Research investigates how infants learn to become wary of heights
Released  July 9, 2015


Events Calendar See All

October 2, 2015
Informational Webinar on NSF 15-598, Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI)
Webcast

November 2, 2015  - November 3, 2015
NSF Grants Conference - Arlington, VA
Conference




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