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New NSF Funding for Interdisciplinary Research on Agency’s 10 Big Ideas

Psychological scientists who study interdisciplinary topics such as the intersection of human behavior, technology, and the workplace will want to know about a new funding opportunity announced by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

NSF is seeking proposals for workshops and Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) connected to four broad areas:

  • Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Shaping the Future
  • Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering
  • Navigating the New Arctic
  • The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution

These represent four of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas, which are the agency’s recently-released long-term research objectives.

While psychological science has a role in each of these areas, APS members might be particularly interested in the first track: Work at the Human-Technology Frontier. NSF indicates that proposals in this area should address key challenges and research questions at the nexus of humans, technology, and the workplace. Such topics may include machine learning, automated work (roboprocesses), the internet-of-things, manufacturing, and labor.

The workshops will focus on the exploration of research findings and/or training in scientific methods. RCN grants support the establishment of new communications and collaborations among groups of investigators across multiple disciplines and locations. Although these grants do not fund primary research projects, they are typically organized around a scientific research theme and should integrate research questions, insights, and methods from multiple fields to “form new and expanded frameworks for addressing scientific and societal challenges and opportunities.”

The deadline for workshop proposals is May 15, 2017, and RCN proposals are due by June 1, 2017.

For detailed guidelines for proposals, please visit NSF’s Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). Information pertaining to workshop or conference proposals can be found here, and for RCNs here.

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