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1 NSF Support of Socio-Technical Research University of Maryland - College Park, December 3, 2013 Heng Xu Program Director Division of Social and Economic Sciences Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

2 NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Information & Resource Management Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences Office of Inspector General National Science Board Offices International & Integrative Activities Legislative & Public Affairs General Counsel Diversity & Inclusion Computer & Info. Science & Engineering Computer & Info. Science & Engineering Engineering Geosciences Mathematical & Physical Sciences Education & Human Resources Budget, Finance & Award Management Budget, Finance & Award Management Biological Sciences Office of the Director

3 SBE BUDGET TRENDS FY SBE 2014 request is $ Million Increase of 10.9% over FY 2013 Enacted Approximately 5,000 proposals and 1,000 awards in a typical year

4 NSF SBE OVERVIEW Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES) Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics Directorate for Social, sBehavioral & Economic Sciences Dr. Joanne Tornow, Acting Assistant Director Dr. Fae Korsmo, Acting Deputy Assistant Director Directorate for Social, sBehavioral & Economic Sciences Dr. Joanne Tornow, Acting Assistant Director Dr. Fae Korsmo, Acting Deputy Assistant Director SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (Virtual)

5 Archaeology and Archaeometry Cognitive Neuroscience Cultural Anthropology Developmental and Learning Sciences Documenting Endangered Languages Geography and Spatial Sciences Linguistics Perception, Action, and Cognition Biological Anthropology Social Psychology BCS STANDING PROGRAMS

6 SES STANDING PROGRAMS Decision, Risk and Management Sciences Economics Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Science of Organizations Law and Social Sciences Methodology, Measurement and Statistics Political Science Science, Technology and Society Sociology

7 NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING STATISTICS (NCSES) Nation’s primary source of data and analysis on the science and engineering enterprise Designs, supports and directs about 11 periodic surveys, other data collections and research projects 30 publications yearly Congressionally-mandated publications: –Science and Engineering Indicators –Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering

8 NSF SBE OVERVIEW Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES) Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics Directorate for Social, sBehavioral & Economic Sciences Dr. Joanne Tornow, Acting Assistant Director Dr. Fae Korsmo, Acting Deputy Assistant Director Directorate for Social, sBehavioral & Economic Sciences Dr. Joanne Tornow, Acting Assistant Director Dr. Fae Korsmo, Acting Deputy Assistant Director SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (Virtual)

9 PATHS TO SBE SUPPORT Standing Program Proposals Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Proposals Student Support (DDRIGs, REU Supplements and Sites) Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID)

10 PATHS TO SBE SUPPORT: CAREER Available in all NSF programs Untenured faculty (or comparable) Single scholar award $400,000, 5-years minimum award Three proposals lifetime limit Mid to late July deadline High Prestige/High Expectations –the most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research

11 PATHS TO SBE SUPPORT: STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG) –Available in some SBE programs –Small grant to support (and extend) dissertation research BCS Archaeology Cultural Anthropology Geography & Spatial Sciences Linguistics Physical Anthropology SES Decision, Risk, & Management Science Economics Law and Social Sciences Political Science Science, Technology & Society Sociology SMA Science of Science & Innovation Policy

12 PATHS TO SBE SUPPORT: STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) –Available in all programs –Two types of awards - REU Supplements: Awards added onto existing awards to sponsor undergraduate student research - REU Sites: training programs, often in the summer months, for teaching research methods to undergrads

13 PATHS TO SBE SUPPORT: EAGER (Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research) Exploratory work on untested, potentially transformative ideas High-risk, high-potential payoff $300,000 maximum; 2 years Eight page description Internal review required; external optional Contact Program Director first –EAGERs are exceptions, not the rule!

14 PATHS TO SBE SUPPORT: RAPID (Grants for Rapid Response Research) Research when data are ephemeral $200,000 maximum; 1 year 5 page project description Internal review required; external optional Available in all programs Contact Program Director first –For proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events

15 PATHS TO SBE SUPPORT (Summary) Standing Program Proposals Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Proposals Student Support (DDRIGs, REU Supplements and Sites) Early-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID)

16 FY 2014 SBE 2020 INVESTMENTS SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and in Education and Human Resources

17 Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) Full proposal submission deadline: –December 03, 2013 –December 02, 2014 Two types of projects: –Large Interdisciplinary Research Projects (with maximum award sizes of $1,000,000) –Interdisciplinary Team Exploratory Projects (with maximum award sizes of $250,000) Awarded projects last year: –http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/advancedSearchResult?ProgEleCode=821 3&BooleanElement=ANY&BooleanRef=ANY&ActiveAwards=true&#resultshttp://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/advancedSearchResult?ProgEleCode=821 3&BooleanElement=ANY&BooleanRef=ANY&ActiveAwards=true&#results

18 SBE Support of Socio-Technical Research and Education Example Programs: 1.Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) 2.Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC) 3.Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and in Education and Human Resources (BCC-SBE/EHR)

19 Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) Three Perspectives along with a Transition to Practice (TTP) supplemental option: –Trustworthy Computing (TWC) –Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) –Cybersecurity Education Types of Projects: –Small (1/14/2013): up to $500,000 in total budget, with durations of up to three years –Medium (11/12/2013): $500,001 to $1,200,000 in total budget, up to four years –Frontier (11/19/2013): $1,200,001 to $10,000,000 in total budget, up to five years Awarded projects: –http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/advancedSearchResult?ProgEleCode= 8060&BooleanElement=ANY&BooleanRef=ANY&ActiveAwards=true&# resultshttp://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/advancedSearchResult?ProgEleCode= 8060&BooleanElement=ANY&BooleanRef=ANY&ActiveAwards=true&# results

20 SaTC EAGERs Enabling New Collaborations Between Computer and Social Scientists New Collaboration:New Collaboration –Proposals should clarify how the proposed collaboration will take place –Budget: around $200,000 Two rounds of submissions: –Two-page summary: March 1 & May 1, 2014 –Invited proposal: May 1 & July 1, 2014 Awarded projects: – , , , , , , , , , –http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearchhttp://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch

21 SaTC Research Coordination Network Addressing Experimental and Evaluation Methods & Techniques SaTC Research Coordination Network (RCN): –RCN supports the means by which investigators can share information, develop community standards, and advance science and education through communication and sharing of ideas –Up to $500,000 for up to three years –Deadline: December 15, 2013 Types of Projects: –Methodologies and analysis techniques from the CISE / SBE sciences that can be applied toward cybersecurity but are not currently widely used by SBE / CISE researchers –Limitations and hidden assumptions in analysis techniques –Methodologies and techniques that are best suited for particular classes of cybersecurity problems –Threats to internal and external validity of research studies caused by technological and social changes

22 Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC) "Smart" Service Systems –Seeking proposals with a focus on platform technologies to enable "smart" service systems –A minimum of one (1) industry partner of any size is required –Demonstrate understanding of potential commercial applications and markets –Awards may be up to $800,000 with a duration of three years Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 2 Due Dates: –Letter of Intent (required): November 18, 2013 –Full Proposal Deadline: January 27, 2014 Awarded projects: –http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/advancedSearchResult?ProgEl eCode=1662&BooleanElement=ANY&BooleanRef=ANY&Active Awards=true&#resultshttp://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/advancedSearchResult?ProgEl eCode=1662&BooleanElement=ANY&BooleanRef=ANY&Active Awards=true&#results

23 Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and in Education and Human Resources (BCC-SBE/EHR) Enable communities to develop visions for data-intensive SBE and EHR areas of research: –Infrastructure such as tools and communities to utilize the large scale databases –Design of large scale databases and/or associated analytic tools –Support wide scale deployment and use Types of Awards: –Awards are expected to be one, two or three years in duration. –Range from $100,000 to $500,000 in size. Awarded projects: –https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504747https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504747

24 PROPOSAL PROCESS & TIMELINE Research & Education Communities NSF Proposal Generating Document Program Officer Analysis & Recommendation Division Director Concur Organization submits via FastLane Minimum of three reviews required Ad hoc Panel Both Proposal Processing Unit NSF Program Officer Returned as Inappropriate/ Withdrawn Organization Award via DGA Decline Div. Dir. ConcurAward DGA Review & Processing of Award 6 months30 days Proposal Preparation Time Proposal received by NSF Review of Proposal PO Recommend

25 WHERE TO START WITH WRITING A PROPOSAL? A basic science idea –Research questions/ hypotheses Check awards by program, keyword, etc. (www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/)www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/ Read solicitation carefully! Ensure alignment of the project’s content, scale and budget to the targeted NSF program Become familiar with the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) key=gpg key=gpg

26 PROPOSAL TIPS Make project titles short and simple (declarative statement; avoid cute) Consider theoretical foundations and prospective theoretical contributions Learn how proposals will be evaluated; think like those who will review and make decisions Volunteer to review proposals Provide suggested reviewers (‘single copy documents’)

27 MERIT REVIEW ELEMENTS 1. Potential for the proposed activity to: a. Advance knowledge and understanding (Intellectual Merit); b. Benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes (Broader Impacts) 2.Creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts 3. Well-reasoned, well-organized plan; mechanism to assess success 4. Qualifications of the individual, team, or organization 5. Adequate resources available

28 BE SURE TO BE PAY ATTENTION TO… Data Management Plan –All proposals must describe plans for data management and sharing –Plan is reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan –If requesting money for a postdoc, must have plan as supplementary document IRB (human subjects) or IACUC (vertebrate animals) Clearance –No award involving human subjects can be made without IRB approval or exemption; studies involving vertebrate animals require IACUC approval prior to award –This approval is not needed at the time of proposal submission; may be “pending”

29 ADVICE Sign up for “NSF Updates by ” on NSF homepage Program Director with specific questions, one-page prospectus What to Say—and Not Say—to Program Officers: Say-and-Not-Say-to/131282/http://chronicle.com/article/What-to- Say-and-Not-Say-to/131282/

30 CONTACTING PROGRAM DIRECTORS Communicate with appropriate Program Director about your ideas How Program Directors can help: –We can identify potential fit –We can offer advice on proposal preparation

31 QUESTIONS? Phone: (703) Room: Division of Social and Economic Sciences


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