text-only page produced automatically by LIFT Text Transcoder Skip all navigation and go to page contentSkip top navigation and go to directorate navigationSkip top navigation and go to page navigation
National Science Foundation Home National Science Foundation - Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)
SBE Organizations
Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)
National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES)
Social and Economic Sciences (SES)
SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA)
About SBE
View SBE Staff Directory
General Information About SBE
Career Opportunities
Advisory Committee
Budget Excerpt
Proposals and Awards
Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide
Proposal Preparation and Submission
Grant Proposal Guide
    Grants.gov Application Guide
Award and Administration
Award and Administration Guide
Award Conditions
Other Types of Proposals
Merit Review
NSF Outreach
Policy Office
SBE Award Search
Active SBE Awards
Discoveries from NSF Research
About Discoveries
Special Announcements

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

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Letter of Intent: October 5, 2015, Institutional Transformation Catalyst (IT Catalyst)

Smart and Connected Health
(NSF  13-543) Full Proposal: October 13, 2015, Exploratory (EXP) Proposals

SOCIOLOGY PROGRAM - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards
(NSF  14-604) Full Proposal: October 15, 2015, DDRI Full Proposal

Graduate Research Fellowship Program
(NSF  15-597) Full Proposal: October 26, 2015, Geosciences; Life Sciences

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
(NSF  14-595) Full Proposal: October 26, 2015

Funding Rates
  • View Chart
  • View Data
SBE funding rates chart

  About Funding Rates

News See All
group of young people looking at a computer in a lab Immigrants play increasing role in U.S. science and engineering workforce
Released September 30, 2015
Press Release
fingers picking a test tube U.S. R&D increased in 2013, outpacing GDP
Released September 21, 2015
Press Release
computer generated model 2015-2016 NSF distinguished lectures in Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Released September 17, 2015
Media Advisory
a researchers holds up a sample $81 million to support new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure
Released September 16, 2015
Press Release
image of a city in a flood NSF invests $20 million to enhance resilience of critical infrastructure
Released September 14, 2015
Press Release
Discoveries See All
Gtwo men talking Video: A new perspective on police interrogations
The camera angle of an interrogation video can actually influence viewers, research finds
Released  September 3, 2015

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

pygmy slow loris clinging to a branch Saving the slow loris
Fighting wildlife trafficking with interdisciplinary research and a legacy of international collaboration
Released  July 13, 2015

Events Calendar See All

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

October 15, 2015
Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE)
Advisory Committee Meeting

October 21, 2015  - October 22, 2015
Advisory Committee for Geosciences
Advisory Committee Meeting

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

November 4, 2015
NSF Day at Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia

 Get SBE Updates by Email 
Featured Programs
SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
Science of Learning Centers
Science of Learning: Collaborative Networks
Science of Science and Innovation Policy
Additional SBE Resources
Exploring What Makes Us Human
Rebuilding the Mosaic Report
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
General Programmatic Terms and Conditions (PTCs) for the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide  Grant Proposal Guide (PAPPG-GPG or GPG), December 2014, (NSF 15-1), Cooperative Agreement(s)
Award Specific Financial and Administrative Terms and Conditions (FATCs) for the Management and Operation of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory - NSF Cooperative Agreement AST-1546092
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
Other Site Features
Special Reports
Research Overviews
Multimedia Gallery
Classroom Resources
NSF-Wide Investments