September 2006 Announcements

National Science Foundation announces FY 2007 Human and Social Dynamics Competition; Application Deadline for The Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program is October 13th; SOMAS Summer Research-Grants Program announced; East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes; Upcoming Fall Career Workshops September 2006

National Science Foundation announces FY 2007 Human and Social Dynamics Competition

The Human and Social Dynamics (HSD) priority area fosters breakthroughs in understanding the dynamics of human action and development, as well as knowledge about organizational, cultural, and societal adaptation and change. HSD aims to increase our collective ability to (1) understand the complexities of change; (2) understand the dynamics of human and social behavior at all levels, including that of the human mind; (3) understand the cognitive and social structures that create, define, and result from change; and (4) manage profound or rapid change, and make decisions in the face of changing risks and uncertainty. Accomplishing these goals requires multidisciplinary research teams and comprehensive, interdisciplinary approaches across the sciences, engineering, education, and humanities, as appropriate.

The FY 2007 competition will include three emphasis areas (Agents of Change; Dynamics of Human Behavior; and Decision Making, Risk and Uncertainty). Support will be provided for Full Research projects and for shorter-term Exploratory Research and HSD Research Community Development projects.

NSF encourages HSD projects that provide insight into social processes such as globalization and migration and factors that promote innovation, at levels from the molecular functioning of the human brain to the organizational. Such research is important for enhancing the ability of the country to maintain its competitive edge in a globalized world.

In Fiscal Year 2007, Human and Social Dynamics will support two types of Full Research proposals: Type 1, with maximum award sizes of $750,000, and Type 2, with maximum award sizes of $1,250,000. It is expected that most (approximately 50 to 70) awards will be made as Type 1 awards and a much smaller set (approximately 8 to 10) will be made as Type 2 awards. Examples of projects that require larger budgets include (but are not limited to) those with significant international partnering; those providing meaningful educational opportunities for students; and those developing large, shared data sets. Budgets should be developed at scales appropriate to the project to be conducted.

In addition to Type 1 and Type 2 Full Research proposals, HSD will continue to support Exploratory Research and HSD Research Community Development (ERCD) proposals, with maximum award sizes of $125,000.

For more information, contact Mark Weiss, Senior Advisor, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, telephone: (703) 292-8700, email.

Application Deadline for The Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program is October 13th

The Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program is a post-doctoral fellowship program in population health. It seeks to improve the nation's health by directing greater attention and resources to the full spectrum of factors that affect health. To increase the array of population-wide interventions, more scholars will need to explore the effects of contextual factors on behavior and biology. A new multidisciplinary field of population health is emerging, and there is a growing demand among government agencies, universities and public health organizations for interdisciplinary collaboration. This program bridges disciplinary perspectives and methods to develop the next generation of leaders who will expand the current knowledge base and extend their findings into practice.

View the Heath and Society Scholars Program

The deadline for submission of applications this year is October 13, 2006. For more information, contact:

Gerard P. Lebeda, Program Coordinator
The Robert Wood Johnson
Health & Society Scholars Program
Route 1 & College Road East
Post Office Box 2316
Princeton, NJ 08543-2316
Phone: (609) 627-5729
Toll-Free: (800) 734-7635
Fax: (609) 419-8318
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Health and Society Scholars

SOMAS Summer Research-Grants Program announced

Up to $10,000 per award targeting junior faculty in the neurosciences at predominantly undergraduate institutions

SOMAS: Support of Mentors and their Students in the Neurosciences

The SOMAS Program is pleased to announce the 2007 SOMAS summer fellowship program designed to support junior faculty (untenured/pre-tenure assistant professors, typically within 5 years of having completed Ph.D. and postdoctoral training) in the neurosciences seeking to launch research programs with undergraduate student collaborators. Faculty from predominantly undergraduate institutions will be eligible for awards of up to $10,000 to cover a supply budget, summer student housing, faculty and student stipends, and travel expenses to the joint Annual Meetings of the Society for Neuroscience and Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience.

Application deadline is December 1, 2006, with awards made in early February for the 2007 summer research effort. Up to six awards will be made for the 2007 program. Faculty members with little experience in grant-writing or those from institutions serving women and minority groups underrepresented in the sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information, visit the SOMAS website.

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes

The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Program provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering 1) first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research laboratory, and to initiate personal relationships that will better enable them to collaborate with foreign counterparts in the future. The institutes last approximately eight weeks from June to August. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) co-sponsor the Summer Institute in Japan.

EAPSI changes for 2007

  • New Zealand is added as an East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) location.

  • The Award amount has been amended to reflect the increase in the stipend amount to $4,000.

  • Proposal preparation instructions have been clarified.

  • Potential host institutions are expanded to include Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming and Xian.

For more information please visit the NSF Funding website.

Fall Career Workshops Attract Students

As part of its continuing outreach to graduate and postdoctoral students, the Science Directorate is sponsoring a career workshop at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Annual Conference on Monday, October 16, 2006. The Directorate is also sponsoring a social hour at the Women in Cognitive Science (WICS) Sixth Annual Meeting on November 16, 2006. WICS is affiliated with the Psychonomics Society.

The HFES career workshop, presented by Deborah Boehm-Davis, promises to be an outstanding event where students will be informed and entertained by an interactive tutorial titled "The Art of Speaking." The session will focus on oral communication and presentation skills. The Science Directorate has sponsored career workshops at the HFES Annual Meeting for the past four years.

WICS's Six Annual Meeting will include a panel discussion titled "Establishing Professional Connections and Collaborations." This panel will be moderated by Nora Newcombe. WICS, whose goal is to create an environment that encourages young women to join the field of cognitive psychology/science, is funded by an Advance Leadership Grant from NSF. The Science Directorate looks forward to hosting the Social Hour and working with WICS.

If your organization or institution is interested in hosting an APA Career Workshop or would like more information, please contact Deborah McCall.