19.3919, FYI: NSF funding opportunities, Dear Colleague Letter

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Date: 18-Dec-2008
From: Eric Potsdam < epotsdam at nsf.gov >
Subject: NSF funding opportunities, Dear Colleague Letter


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Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2008 02:29:52
From: Eric Potsdam [epotsdam at nsf.gov]
Subject: NSF funding opportunities, Dear Colleague Letter

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National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard 
Arlington, Virginia 22230 

December 9, 2008

Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
NSF 09-19 

Subject: Integrating Human Social Dyanics (HSD) Goals into Core Social,
Behavioral, & Economic Sciences (SBE) Programs

Dear Colleague: 

Following the innovations of the recently ended Human and Social Dynamics
(HSD) priority area, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic
Sciences (SBE) now encourages submission of research proposals to the
regular SBE programs covering three areas. There will be new funds
available in the Divisions to support these activities where they differ in
scope or scale from the traditional core of the programs.

1. Complexity Science. We recognize that the concept of complex systems
means different things in different areas, and we encourage work on
- complex systems incorporating analyses of the interaction of simpler
systems to explain observed complexity
- the dynamics of complex systems, for example ''tipping points,'' where
many things change dramatically at one time, and ''emergent phenomena,''
such as phase transitions in which complex phenomena emerge despite being
underdetermined by ambient conditioning factors.

2. Large-scale Interdisciplinary Research. We also invite the submission to
our programs of large-scale interdisciplinary projects that advance the
understanding of the dynamics of human systems. We expect to make a small
number of awards of up to $1.2 million.

HSD funded interdisciplinary research teams using methods from different
fields to understand the dynamics of human action and development, as well
as knowledge about organizational, cultural, and societal adaptation and
change. We encourage proposals that address such matters with an integrated
approach drawing on more than one discipline. The PI must be from a
discipline appropriate for the host program but collaborators may be from
any area of science, not just the SBE sciences.

Investigators should contact the most appropriate SBE Program Officer to
determine if their ideas respond to this activity's goals. If it is deemed
responsive, the program officer will ask for a two-page description of the
proposed project in advance of submission of a full proposal to facilitate
the processes of joint review and/or funding. The review process will
follow standard NSF practices agreed upon by the programs participating in
a proposal's review, with awards determined in a directorate-wide process.

3. Infrastructure. We now encourage proposals for infrastructure
development to our programs after discussion with the most relevant SBE
Program Officer. This includes but is not limited to cyberinfrastructure,
instrumentation, shared data bases, repositories, consortia, etc. SBE will
consider both free-standing proposals for infrastructure and requests for
research resources not typically available within the context of SBE
research proposals.

There are no special competitions or new programs for these three areas.
Relevant proposals will be submitted to an existing SBE program according
to the program's regular target or deadline dates.

One of the key topics of HSD-funded work in each of these three areas
concerns the relation between human activities and environmental change. We
will continue to accept and encourage proposals on this topic both through
the SBE programs and through cross-cutting competitions going beyond the

Links to SBE's programs and target dates, including Program Officer
information, are available at:

For the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences: 
http://www.nsf.aov/div/index. isp?div=BCS

For the Division of Social and Economic Sciences:


David Lightfoot
Assistant Director
Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences 

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics
                     General Linguistics


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