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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

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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)
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

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

Documenting Endangered Languages
(NSF  15-567) Posted May 5, 2015

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  15-566) Posted May 5, 2015

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

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


Upcoming Due Dates See All

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.

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships
(NSF  14-600) Full Proposal: June 16, 2015

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
(NSF  13-594) Letter of Intent: June 26, 2015

Archaeology and Archaeometry
(PD  98-1391) Full Proposal: July 1, 2015, Archaeology - Senior Research


News See All

upper jaw of Australopithecus deyiremeda New human ancestor species discovered
Released May 27, 2015
News From the Field
image of the sun shining throug a persons fingers Imagination beats practice in boosting visual search performance
Released May 18, 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

Police on the street in Boston Marathon bombing aftermath Responding to terror (again): A study of the Boston Marathon bombing
Media exposure to prior tragedies may sensitize people to new disasters
Released  May 21, 2015

picture of Anne Kelly Knowles Geography and mapping give new dimension to study of the Holocaust
Research addresses questions about the scale of the Holocaust, the meaning of place, and the significance of spatial patterns
Released  May 19, 2015

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


Events Calendar See All

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

June 17, 2015
ADVANCE IT and IT-Catalyst pre-proposal Technical Assistance Webinars
Webcast

June 23, 2015
ADVANCE IT and IT-Catalyst pre-proposal Technical Assistance Webinars
Webcast

June 29, 2015
Improving and Rewarding Openness and Reproducibility
Lecture




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