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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)
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) Crosscutting
Psychological and Language Sciences
bullet Cognitive Neuroscience  (CogNeuro)
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 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)

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Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Cognitive Neuroscience
(PD  15-1699) Posted April 14, 2015

Cultural Anthropology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
(NSF  15-556) Posted March 11, 2015

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Posted March 10, 2015

Archaeology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Awards
(NSF  15-554) Posted March 6, 2015

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  15-542) Posted February 5, 2015


Upcoming Due Dates See All

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  15-542) Full Proposal: May 6, 2015, Applies to both tracks

Partnerships for International Research and Education
(NSF  14-587) Full Proposal: May 15, 2015

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  13-542) Full Proposal: May 22, 2015, Deadline for REU Site proposals requiring access to Antarctica. All other REU Site proposals must be submitted to the August REU deadline.

Innovation Corps Sites Program
(NSF  14-547) Full Proposal: June 9, 2015

Perception, Action & Cognition
(PD  09-7252) Full Proposal: June 15, 2015, The June proposal window is only for workshop and conference proposals, not for research proposals. Proposals for workshops and conferences that will be held less than one year after submission may be returned without review.


News See All

brain regions that control fingers movements The rest of the brain gets in the way
Released April 7, 2015
News From the Field
A baboon group on dry land in Kenya Being born in lean times is bad news for baboons
Released April 2, 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

Timothy Verstynen in graveyard holding a plastic skull and brain. A craving for brains (and knowledge)
Timothy Verstynen on using pop culture, including zombies and podcasting, to talk about serious research
Released  April 13, 2015

Baboon group in Amboseli, Kenya Born during a drought: Bad news for baboons
Findings have implications for human health
Released  April 1, 2015

Danielle Bassett Researcher studies how different brain regions interact during tasks
2014 MacArthur Fellow’s work has potential to diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, addiction, stroke, autism, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease
Released  December 8, 2014

hands holding a smartphone Experts identify easy way to improve smartphone security
Assigning risk scores to apps may slow down unwarranted access to personal information
Released  October 28, 2014

Marcus Raichle What happens to your brain when your mind is at rest?
Kavli Prize winner recognized as pioneer in research in the development and use of brain imaging techniques
Released  October 10, 2014


Events Calendar See All

March 16, 2015  - May 6, 2015
2015 NRT Informational Webinars
Outreach

May 13, 2015  - May 14, 2015
Spring 2015 SBE Advisory Committee Meeting
Advisory Committee Meeting

May 20, 2015
NSF Day at Texas Tech
Workshop

June 1, 2015  - June 2, 2015
NSF Grants Conference - Tampa, FL
Outreach




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