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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.

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 process and 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.

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)
Geography and Environmental Sciences
bullet Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems  (CNH) Crosscutting
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) Crosscutting
Psychological and Language Sciences
bullet Cognitive Neuroscience
bullet Developmental and Learning Sciences  (DLS)
bullet Documenting Endangered Languages  (DEL) Crosscutting
bullet Linguistics
bullet Linguistics Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards  (Ling-DDRI)
bullet Perception, Action & Cognition  (PAC)
bullet Social Psychology
Additional Opportunities
bullet Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and in Education and Human Resources  (BCC-SBE/EHR) Crosscutting
bullet Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research  (IBSS)
bullet SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Partnerships for International Research and Education
(NSF  14-587) Posted July 21, 2014

Documenting Endangered Languages
(NSF  14-580) Posted July 7, 2014

Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions:
(NSF  14-579) Posted July 1, 2014

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Posted June 3, 2014

Archaeology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards
(NSF  14-566) Posted May 15, 2014


Upcoming Due Dates See All

Perception, Action & Cognition
(PD  09-7252) Full Proposal: August 1, 2014, This proposal window is for research proposals only. Workshop and conference proposals should not be submitted during this submission window.

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  14-558) Full Proposal: August 5, 2014

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Letter of Intent: August 11, 2014, Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks: Institutions of Higher Education (PLAN IHE)

Geography and Spatial Sciences Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards
(NSF  14-538) Full Proposal: August 14, 2014, DDRI Proposal-Submission Deadline

Cultural Anthropology
(PD  98-1390) Full Proposal: August 15, 2014, Dissertation Research - Fall Funding Cycle


News See All

Bee that has been tagged on a flower No leader? Now what?
Released June 2, 2014
Science Nation
cave diver inspects the skull of Naia Dating and DNA show Paleoamerican-Native American connection
Released May 15, 2014
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

owl monkeys Father's day special: And the best father in the animal kingdom is...
Award-winning primatologist and conservationist Patricia Wright discusses why owl monkeys and other species of small monkeys are extraordinarily devoted dads
Released  June 11, 2014

students at computers using Social Explorer Mapping tool used by Census Bureau has roots in NSF-funded project
Census Explorer, a new online tool that displays demographic information on maps of states, counties, and neighborhoods, is powered by Social Explorer, a data visualization tool developed by NSF-funded sociologist Andrew Beveridge
Released  March 27, 2014

Closeup of fossil bone structure Snakes Alive! NSF-funded researchers find oldest fossil evidence of modern African venomous snakes
Seasonal habitats may have given rise to active hunters earlier than previously reported
Released  March 19, 2014

Illustration showing surfaces of the mouse and human brains From dino brains to thought control--10 fascinating brain findings
Summaries of 10 findings about the brain that involve NSF-funded researchers
Released  February 11, 2014

  Hunting the spark of creativity
NSF-funded researchers envision harnessing collective wisdom from social networks
Released  November 4, 2013


Events Calendar See All

August 18, 2014
Workshop for a Future Nanotechnology Infrastructure Support Program
Webcast

August 19, 2014
Workshop for a Future Nanotechnology Infrastructure Support Program
Webcast

October 6, 2014  - October 7, 2014
NSF Grants Conference - Arlington, VA
Outreach




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