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Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences


Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact  (SoS:DCI)


SciSIPBIO: a partnership between the Science of Science program and the NIH

 

SCISIPBIO: a partnership between the Science of Science program and the NIH

In February 2019, NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economics Sciences (SBE) directorate issued a joint solicitation with NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) called the Science of Science Policy Approach to Analyzing and Innovating the Biomedical Research Enterprise (SCISIPBIO). This program supports a portfolio of high-quality research which provides scientific analyses of important aspects of the biomedical research enterprise and efforts to foster a diverse, innovative, productive and efficient scientific workforce. Since the initial solicitation, the program has funded four projects that investigate: 1) frameworks for measuring data-intensive biomedical research; 2) collaborative teams in clinical and translational science; 3) evidence-based toolkits for improving diversity in the physician-scientist workforce; and 4) financing the biomedical research enterprise.

Now, this program is run through the Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact (SoS:DCI) program (previously the Science of Science and Innovation Policy program (SciSIP)). The program will consider proposals that are received by March 17, 2020 for potential spring funding. Prospective investigators are encouraged to visit the program solicitation: NSF 19-547 for more details. For questions or inquiries, please email the cognizant program officer. For a detailed look at previously awarded SCISIPBIO grants, please visit: NSF Award Search or NIH Research Portfolio.


CONTACTS
Name Email Phone Room
Cassidy  R. Sugimoto-Program Director csugimot@nsf.gov 703-292-7012  C13025  
Marvee  Shah-Program Specialist mashah@nsf.gov (703) 292-8700  C13015B  


PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Apply to PD 19-125Y as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide)

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


DUE DATES

Full Proposal Target Date

    September 9, 2020

    September 9, Annually Thereafter

    February 9, 2021

    February 9, Annually Thereafter


 


SYNOPSIS

The Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact (SoS:DCI) program is designed to increase the public value of scientific activity. The program pursues this goal by supporting basic research in three fundamental areas:  

  • How to increase the rate of socially beneficial discovery;
  • How to improve science communication outcomes; and
  • How to expand the societal benefits of scientific activity. 

The SoS:DCI program, which builds upon the former Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program, funds research that builds theoretical and empirical understandings of these three areas. With this goal in mind, proposals should: 


The SoS:DCI program places a high priority on broadening participation. It encourages leadership from junior faculty, women, members of historically underrepresented groups, and proposals from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Research Undergraduate Institutions (RUIs), and EPSCoR states.

Of particular interest are proposals that have the highest potential to strengthen America’s global leadership in science and increase national competitiveness across a broad range of domains. These include proposals that analyze strategies for strengthening and diversifying the scientific workforce, as well as ways to more effectively cultivate high-impact discovery across sectors.  The program strongly encourages convergent research and collaboration. 

RAPIDs and EAGERs
SoS:DCI supports small grants that are time-critical and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature. See Chapter II.E.1 and Chapter II.E.2 of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1) (https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=papp) for guidance on submitting Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID) and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals. 

Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE)
SoS:DCI supports interdisciplinary projects whose scientific advances lie in great part outside the scope of a single program or discipline, such that substantial funding support from more than one program or discipline is necessary. See Chapter II.E.3 of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1) (https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=papp) for guidance on submitting a RAISE proposal. 

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI)
SoS:DCI supports collaboration between academic research institutions and industry. See Chapter II.E.4 of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1) (https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=papp) for guidance on submitting a GOALI proposal.

Conferences
SoS:DCI funds conferences and interdisciplinary research activities that strengthen understanding and dissemination of the research topic among the social and behavioral sciences, policy community and the larger scientific community. See Chapter II.E.7 of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1) (https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=papp) for guidance on submitting Conference proposals. 

Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIGs)
The Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants funding opportunity is designed to improve the quality of dissertation research. DDRIG awards provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university such as enabling doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus. For program specific guidelines and submission instructions on the Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (DDRIGs) in SoS:DCI, please review the SoS:DCI DDRIG solicitation which may be accessed via the SoS:DCI DDRIG web site.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program