Your Life. Our Work. SBE.

Social, behavioral and economic (SBE) sciences advance scientific knowledge about people and society. This knowledge furthers NSF's mission to advance U.S. health, prosperity, welfare, and defense — it is critical for the country's well-being.


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What are the SBE sciences?

SBE sciences explore human behavior and social organizations. They look at how economic, political, environmental, social, and cultural forces affect the lives of people from birth to old age — and how people in turn shape those forces.

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Rare audio of indigenous languages saved by invention 100 years later

Research from SBE is helping preserve audio of 78 indigenous California languages and building infrastructure for the future.

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Helping deaf and hearing families communicate

A story book app developed as a part of NSF-Funded research is helping a little girl named Candor learn ASL while having fun.

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Geographic Information Systems: A Basic Science Success Story
Geographic Information Systems: A Basic Science Story

Fundamental research supported by NSF underpins modern GIS which is a platform that has many including stopping infectious disease outbreaks, emergency management, city planning and even navigating your neighborhood.

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In 2017, women and some minority groups were represented less in the science and engineering (S&E) occupations than in the general U.S. population.
Who is underrepresented in Science and Engineering?

NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) report is the federal government's most comprehensive look at the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering education and employment.

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SBE at Work: Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University studies how mindset can help us all achieve more.

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Page last updated: November 15, 2019