NSF seeks scientists’ input on grand challenges in the behavioral & social sciences

As part of its long-term strategic planning effort, the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) invites researchers to submit brief papers (up to 2000 words) describing grand challenges for the SBE fields over the next 10-20 years.  The SBE Directorate funds the bulk of psychological research within NSF. 

The Directorate is particularly interested in challenges that “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.”

Each paper should “[e]xplain the challenge question, capability to be created, or scientific strategy; provide context in terms of recent research results and standing questions in the field; suggest the range of disciplines that may contribute, and indicate the implications for future research within and across disciplines.”

The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2010.  More information can be found in the NSF announcement.