9/18/2019 Amy Cuhel-Schuckers

Social Sciences Changes/News at NSF

Change is coming to the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), which "supports fundamental research in behavioral, cognitive, social and economic sciences." Per a September 13, 2019 report from COSSA (Cosortium of Social Science Associations), eight existing NSF SBE funding opportunities will be repositioned.

COSSA reports: "The changes, which will go into effect for deadlines and solicitation due dates after January 1, 2020, are intended to help policymakers and members of the public better understand the value of the research funded by SBE. However, the repositioning is not intended to dramatically alter the types of research SBE supports."

Dr. Arthur Lupia, recently of the University of Michigan, is now head of the SBE Directorate. In a September 2019 COSSA YouTube report (~14.07 to 57.30), he provides the rationale for the repositioning, and eloquently explains SBE's approach to current challenges .

The programs below will be repositioned (as a soon-to-be-released NSF Dear Colleague Letter will report in more detail) with deadlines effective January 1, 2020; the new versions of these long-term programs are identified in bold. (Note - at this publication date, only the changes in the Political Science program have taken effect.)

  • RIDIR (Resource Implementation for Data Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences) ==> Human Networks and Data Science
  • CCE STEM (Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM) ==> Ethical and Responsible Research
  • Science of Science and Innovation Policy ==> Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact
  • Documenting Endangered Languages ==> Dynamic Language Infrastructure (the partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities will continue)
  • Law and Social Science ==> Law and Science
  • Political Science ==> two programs, as below
    • Accountable Institutions and Behavior (now active)
    • Security and Preparedness (now active)
  • Science of Learning ==> Science of Learning and Augmented Intelligence
  • Science, Technology, and Society ==> Science and Technology Studies
Not interested in NSF?

Check out other funding opps via F&M's subscription to the InfoEd Global SPIN funding search engine, or take a look at KU's Hall Center for the Humanities - they have a set of curated lists, including social science funders.


Amy Cuhel-Schuckers in the Office of College Grants, if you're interested in these, or any other, funding opps.


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