[CogSci] Fwd: Substantial Funding Opportunities from NSF Relevant to SBE Scientists

Michael C. Frank mcfrank at stanford.edu
Tue Feb 5 21:37:33 PST 2019

Please see below for upcoming NSF funding opportunities.


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From: Juliane Baron <jbaron at fabbs.org>
Date: Tue, Feb 5, 2019 at 1:41 PM
Subject: Substantial Funding Opportunities from NSF Relevant to SBE
To: Council of Representatives <council-of-representatives at fabbs.org>

Dear FABBS Societies,

Below please find a letter from Arthur Lupia, Assistant Director of Social,
Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation.

NSF has announced multiple funding opportunities for SBE scientists. Please
note the tight deadlines and share this information with your memberships.

Warm regards,


Dear Colleague,

There are new funding opportunities at NSF that might be of interest to
you. They are called the “Big Ideas” and they focus on critical issues in
science and society. The purpose of each Big Idea is to motivate dynamic
and innovative scholars to create and implement new and potentially
transformative interdisciplinary approaches to some very large societal

I encourage

·      every social scientist,

·      every behavioral scientist,

·      every member of an organization who is willing to collaborate with
social or behavioral scientists, and

·      every scholar who is looking for new opportunities to advance
science in ways that best serve the public

to think “big”.

Here are some of the opportunities now available:

1)    The Future of Work at the Human Technology Frontier:
<https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/human_tech.jsp> This
Big Idea seeks to help society better understand, and more effectively
build, the human-technology relationship in the context of work. Relevant
activities include assessing the social and behavioral implications of
automation; producing new technologies to augment human performance;
developing and evaluating mechanisms to foster lifelong and pervasive
learning with technology; and many more*.*

*Funding Opportunity:*

·      Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research
<https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505620> There are three
funding options: planning grants, medium projects, and large projects.

*Proposal Deadline March 6, 2019*

2)    Navigating the New Arctic
<https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/arctic.jsp>: The Arctic
is undergoing rapid biological, physical, and social change, not only its
shape and surface properties, but also the ways in which humans can
interact with it. This Big Idea seeks to help society better understand,
and more effectively adapt to how Arctic change will influence communities
both in the Arctic and beyond. This initiative is not just for people
already studying the Arctic. It is for anyone whose work is potentially
pertinent to New Arctic issues.

*Funding Opportunity:*

·      Navigating the New Arctic Program
<https://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505594>: There are two tracks
for proposal: research grants and planning grants.

*Proposal Deadline March 4, 2019*

*See **upcoming virtual office hours*
<https://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/arctic/nna/index.jsp>* and a **webinar
recording* <https://www.nsf.gov/geo/opp/arctic/nna/NNA_WebinarSlides.pptx>*
for more information.*

3)    Harnessing the Data Revolution
<https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/harnessing.jsp> (HDR):
Data are being created, distributed, and used at a scale that is
unprecedented in human history. This Big Idea encourages NSF's research
community to pursue broad, interdisciplinary research in data science and
engineering, and to explore its implications for social interaction and
organization. This Big Idea seeks to help society better understand, and
more effectively develop, a cohesive, federated, national-scale approach to
research data infrastructure, and knowledge needed to empower a 21st-century
data-capable workforce. The HDR vision is realized through an interrelated
set of activities and funding opportunities.  Each of these efforts is
designed to amplify the intrinsically multidisciplinary nature of the
emerging field of data science.
*Multiple Funding Opportunities:*

·      Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Data Science Corps (DSC)
*Proposal Deadline February 19, 2019 *

·      Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Institutes for Data-Intensive
Research in Science and Engineering - Ideas Labs (I-DIRSE-IL)

*Preliminary Proposal Deadline March 4, 2019*

*A **webinar about these opportunities*
will occur February 15 at 1pm EST.*

4)    Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure:
<https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/infrastructure.jsp> At
NSF, the term “mid-scale” infrastructure refers to projects that, once
built, can help many researchers conduct diverse analyses from a single
platform. The budget for these projects can range from $6.0 million to
$70.0 million over a five-year period. This Big Idea is designed to
motivate entrepreneurial research teams to create new and innovative
research platforms.

*Two Funding Opportunities*:

·      Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-1 (Mid-scale RI-1)
<https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505602>: for proposals
from $6.0 million to under $20 million.

*Preliminary Proposal Deadline February 19, 2019*

·      Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-2 (Mid-scale RI-2):
<https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505550&org=NSF> for
proposals between $20 million and $70 million.

*Letter of Intent Deadline February 14, 2019*

*There will be two webinars about both of these opportunities: on **February
6 at 1pm EST*
and on **February 7 at 1pm EST*
The password for both events is MSRi2019!*

5)    Growing Convergence Research
Research relying on convergence is needed to

solve complex scientific and engineering problems that require integrating

methods, and expertise from different disciplines and forming novel
frameworks to catalyze scientific discovery and innovation. This is research
driven by a specific and compelling problem and features deep integration
across disciplines.

*More details are expected soon.*

Two additional Big Ideas do not currently have open funding opportunities;
but could be a source of new solicitations in the future.

Understanding the Rules of Life:
<https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/life.jsp> This Big Idea
seeks broad interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the regularities
that guide or influence the emergence of observable characteristics, i.e.,
phenotype, in organisms across the tree of life, including humans.
Previously, this program sought proposals in two areas: Epigenetics, and
Building a Synthetic Cell. While the subject matter of future calls has not
been determined, we anticipate calls that include a significant role for
social and behavioral scientists.

<https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/includes.jsp>: This Big
Idea seeks to help scholars develop, implement, and evaluate new ways to
transform education and career pathways in ways that broaden participation
in science and engineering.  The INCLUDES initiative is aimed at expanding
the number of underrepresented scientists and engineers within the U.S.
scientific workforce.  To accomplish this, NSF INCLUDES has supported the
development of a national network of a broad array of research centers and
sites, both public and private, with varied STEM foci ranging from
community water research to environmental engineering.

Please spend a few minutes learning about the Big Ideas. These new funding
opportunities, along with NSF’s existing social and behavioral science
programs, offer exciting opportunities for innovative scholars who are
interested in transformative, problem-inspired, basic research. If you have
questions about these or other SBE programs, please contact the program
officers listed at the bottom of each opportunity’s main page.

The Big Ideas offer a great opportunity for social and behavioral
scientists to advance science and address important social problems. We
would like to see strong proposals from our community in the weeks and
months to come.


Arthur Lupia

Assistant Director

Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

National Science Foundation
Juliane Baron
Executive Director
Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences
(202) 749-8418

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