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NSF Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research

by Ed Hagen last modified Oct 23, 2012 08:03 PM
Colleagues…In congruence with the high priority placed on interdisciplinary research by NSF, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (SBE) recently released a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) outlining new funding opportunities promoting multidisciplinary research and training in the social and behavioral sciences.

The DCL can be accessed at:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12123/nsf12123.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click .

 

The first is a major new solicitation calling for proposals under NSF 12-614: Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS); the next submission deadline is 23 January 2013.  This competition will emphasize conduct of interdisciplinary research by teams of investigators in the social and behavioral sciences.  There are two types of projects that may be supported by IBSS:

*     IBSS Large Interdisciplinary Research Projects (with maximum award sizes of $1,000,000)

*     IBSS Interdisciplinary Team Exploratory Projects (with maximum award sizes of $250,000)

There are specific criteria which must be met by proposals submitted under this solicitation; these are described in the full program solicitation at:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12614/nsf12614.pdf .

This is a very important new opportunity which should be of strong interest to the Biological Anthropology community.  I join SBE in strongly encouraging submission of proposals under the IBSS solicitation; it is an excellent new funding mechanism for support of the increasingly interdisciplinary research in our field.

Interdisciplinary education also is supported through an annual SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships competition which now includes a track focused on interdisciplinary education/training.  Full description of this opportunity is available at:  http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504810 .

 

Carolyn L. Ehardt

Program Director

Biological Anthropology Program

NSF

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