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Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NSF-NCS).  NSF announces a solicitation to support transformative and integrative research that will accelerate understanding of neural and cognitive systems.  This call for bold proposals that transcend disciplinary perspectives and approaches is a part of NSF's broader investment in cognitive science and neuroscience, a multi-year effort that includes its participation in the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.  See the solicitation for more information.

I/UCRCs focused on Understanding the Brain's Structure and Function.  NSF welcomes proposals for the establishment of Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers in areas related to brain imaging and identifying structure-behavior relationships.  See the Dear Colleague Letter for more information.

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.  

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.

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

Assessing the Impacts of Recent and On-going Changes in Federal Science Policy. The Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program's core mission is to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policies.  See this Dear Colleague Letter to learn about the program's funding opportunities associated with the scientific analysis of the implementation and impacts of recent science policy initiatives.

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.

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

Research on the Science and Technology Enterprise: Statistics and Surveys - R&D, U.S. S&T Competitiveness, STEM Education, S&T Workforce
(NSF  15-521) Posted November 20, 2014

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure
(NSF  15-519) Posted November 18, 2014

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2
(NSF  15-517) Posted November 17, 2014

Law & Social Sciences
(NSF  15-514) Posted November 7, 2014

Science of Science and Innovation Policy Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
(NSF  15-513) Posted November 6, 2014

Upcoming Due Dates See All

SOCIOLOGY PROGRAM - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards
(NSF  14-604) Full Proposal: November 25, 2014, DDRI Full Proposal

Archaeology and Archaeometry
(PD  98-1391) Full Proposal: December 1, 2014, Archaeometry

Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies
(NSF  14-526) Full Proposal: December 1, 2014, Capacity-Building Projects (CAPs)

Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research
(NSF  12-614) Full Proposal: December 2, 2014, Full proposal submission deadline

Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters
(NSF  14-581) Full Proposal: December 3, 2014

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Released November 19, 2014
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The Baxter robot hands off a cable to a human From cognition to control: Fundamental research continues to advance cooperative robots
Released November 19, 2014
Press Release
Broader impacts special report Broader impacts: Improving society
Released November 12, 2014
Special Report
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Released November 7, 2014
Press Release
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Released November 4, 2014
News From the Field
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Undergraduates gain a better understanding of trauma, and what it takes to be a scientist, through research program
Released  November 11, 2014

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Assigning risk scores to apps may slow down unwarranted access to personal information
Released  October 28, 2014

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Kavli Prize winner recognized as pioneer in research in the development and use of brain imaging techniques
Released  October 10, 2014

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Preparation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics offers broad range of career pathways
Released  August 29, 2014

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Patricia Wright describes her passion for lemurs in a video interview
Released  August 27, 2014

Events Calendar See All

December 3, 2014
Introducing NSF's new program: Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems
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December 8, 2014
NSF Day in Baltimore, MD
Workshop

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Dear Colleague Letter: Stimulating Research Related to the Science of Broadening Participation
Dear Colleague Letter - Youth Violence: Opportunity for Breakthroughs in Fundamental Basic Research
Dear Colleague Letter: International Collaboration Opportunities related to the NSF Investments in Understanding the Brain
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