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Thu Aug 19 2010

FYI: NSF Requests Advice on Priorities For the Future

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        1.    Bill Badecker, NSF Requests Advice on Priorities For the Future

Message 1: NSF Requests Advice on Priorities For the Future
Date: 18-Aug-2010
From: Bill Badecker <wbadeckensf.gov>
Subject: NSF Requests Advice on Priorities For the Future
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The assistant director of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
(SBE) directorate of the National Science Foundation has issued a request
for advice in shaping NSF’s priorities for the future. As you probably
know, SBE includes the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, to
which the NSF Linguistics Program belongs. The initial parts of the
assistant director’s letter are appended to this posting; the complete text
of his letter can be found at the URL:

http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf10069

Individuals and groups who wish to suggest ideas to SBE should do so at
this web site, following the instructions there:

http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/sbe_2020/

Joan Maling and Bill Badecker
Linguistics Program Directors
Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences
National Science Foundation

Dear Colleague Letter for SBE 2020: Future Research in the Social,
Behavioral & Economic Sciences

At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, the social, behavioral,
and economic sciences face extraordinary opportunities to address
next-generation research challenges. The landscape is vast and complex,
stretching across temporal and spatial dimensions and multiple levels of
analysis -- from studying the human brain to implications of decision
making in a dynamic and fragmented yet interconnected world. As we look
forward 10 or even 20 years, the Directorate for the Social, Behavioral,
and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation (NSF/SBE) seeks to
frame innovative research for the year 2020 and beyond that enhances
fundamental knowledge and benefits society in many ways.

This request is part of a process that will help NSF/SBE make plans to
support future research. Other activities will include a report by the
Directorate’s Advisory Committee about the grand challenges facing the SBE
sciences over the next decade and recommendations from the Directorate’s
staff. The insights resulting from this process are threefold: They will
inform the substance of future research, the capacities to pursue that
research, and the infrastructure to enable investigations that will be
increasingly interdisciplinary and international and will involve multiple
perspectives and intellectual frameworks, differing scales and contexts,
and diverse approaches and methodologies.

As a first step in engaging its community, NSF/SBE invites individuals and
groups to contribute whitepapers outlining grand challenge questions that
are both foundational and transformative. They are foundational in the
sense that they reflect deep issues that engage fundamental assumptions
behind disciplinary research traditions and are transformative because they
seek to leverage current findings to unlock a new cycle of research. We
expect these white papers to advance SBE’s mission to study human
characteristics and human behaviors in its Social and Economic Sciences and
Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences divisions, as well as to be the nation’s
resource for understanding the structure and development of science through
its Science Resources Statistics division. …

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

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