Division of Social and Economic Sciences
The NSF-Census Research Network
Announcement for New Funding Opportunites
Coordination of the NSF-Census Research Network. In fiscal year 2011, NSF made eight awards in response to proposals submitted to the NSF-Census Research Network Program Solicitation (NCRN; NSF 10-621). This Dear Colleague Letter provides information on funding opportunities at the National Science Foundation for the research community to propose a coordination body for these new projects.
The fiscal year 2011 NCRN competition is over. Currently, we are not accepting proposals for this solicitation. Any changes to the status of the solicitation will be posted on this web page.
Important Clarifications for Proposals Regarding Census Bureau Staff Members - January 10, 2011
(1) To avoid giving some proposals unfair advantage over others, the Census Bureau informed its employees in mid-December that no Census Bureau staff member may be listed as having committed their time to a proposal submitted to the NCRN solicitation. NSF and the Census Bureau would like to make sure that the research community understands the implications of this decision for proposals submitted to the solicitation.
Because Census Bureau employees may not serve as active participants on proposals submitted to this competition, the successful completion of the proposed research should not depend on the collaboration of specific individual Census Bureau staff members.
Investigators may reference past activities with Census staff members and/or the Census Bureau in their proposals, and Census Bureau experts may be consulted in the preparation of proposals. In addition, the Census Bureau expects to be able to provide targeted expertise to funded nodes as appropriate. Please note that the Project Description has a section entitled Resources from the Census Bureau. Requests for expertise should be included in that section. For more information, see Section V. Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions.
Over time, NSF and Census hope to foster more significant collaborations between funded nodes and Census staff members.
(2) Proposals submitted to this solicitation should not request funds for the establishment of a new Research Data Center (RDC). NSF and the Census Bureau have a separate and independent process for the establishment of new RDCs. More information on RDCs is available at http://www.census.gov/ces/.Proposals submitted to this solicitation are not required to use data at one of the existing RDCs. However, if access to confidential data at an RDC is necessary for the project, then access costs should be included in the proposal.
Important Notice to Proposers
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.
Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.
A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.
Current but no Longer Receiving Proposals
The NSF-Census Research Network will provide support for a set of research nodes, each of which will be staffed by a team of scientists conducting interdisciplinary research and educational activities on methodological questions of interest and significance to the broader research community and to the Federal Statistical System, particularly the U.S. Census Bureau. The activities will be expected to advance both fundamental and applied knowledge as well as further the training of current and future generations of researchers in research skills of relevance to the measurement of economic units, households, and persons.
What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program