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SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA)

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.

About SMA

SMA provides a focal point for programmatic activities that cut across NSF and SBE boundaries, and is SBE's broadest mechanism for contributing to Administration and NSF priorities. While all SBE divisions pursue interdisciplinary work, SMA assists with seeding multidisciplinary activities for the future and plays a critical role in the development of infrastructure to support interdisciplinary activities. SMA also funds Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP), Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites programs, SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF), and the agency-wide Science of Learning Centers (SLCs).  Co-funding with other divisions in SBE and with other directorates is typical for SMA, as is participation in interagency activities.  All areas of SBE sciences are represented in the SMA portfolio.

Programs and Funding Opportunities

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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
Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS)
SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SPRF)
SBE Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites (SBE REU Sites) NSF Wide Flag
Science of Learning Centers (SLC) NSF Wide Flag
Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP)
Science of Science and Innovation Policy Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SciSIP-DDRIG)

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

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

Science of Science and Innovation Policy Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
(NSF  14-578) Posted June 23, 2014

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

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1:
(NSF  14-558) Posted April 22, 2014


Upcoming Due Dates See All

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)

International Research Experiences for Students
(NSF  12-551) Full Proposal: August 19, 2014

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
(NSF  14-573) Letter of Intent: August 20, 2014, Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks: STEM Disciplines (PLAN D)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(NSF  13-542) Full Proposal: August 27, 2014, Deadline for REU Site proposals except those requiring access to Antarctica


News See All

a year-old baby sits in a brain scanner Months before their first words, babies' brains rehearse speech mechanics
Released July 14, 2014
News From the Field
Analysis: Industry-sponsored academic inventions spur increased innovation
Released March 19, 2014
Press Release
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Released February 3, 2014
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Released January 14, 2014
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Released January 6, 2014
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October 6, 2014  - October 7, 2014
NSF Grants Conference - Arlington, VA
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