Mon, 02/11/2019

NSF "Big Ideas" Funding Opportunities

Directorates of the NSF Department of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, and Department of Education and Human Resources (Arthur Lupia and Karen Marrongelle, respectively) have issued letters on how the NSF research community can take advantage of the NSF "Big Ideas" initiative, including substantial funding opportunities from NSF relevant to SBE and EHR scientists.


From Dr. Arthur Lupia

Dear SBE Community,

There are new funding opportunities at NSF that might be of interest to you. They are called the “Big Ideas” and they focus on critical issues in science and society. The purpose of each Big Idea is to motivate dynamic and innovative scholars to create and implement new and potentially transformative interdisciplinary approaches to some very large societal challenges.

I encourage:

  • every social scientist,
  • every behavioral scientist,
  • every member of an organization who is willing to collaborate with social or behavioral scientists,
  • and every scholar who is looking for new opportunities to advance science in ways that best serve the public

to think “big”.

Here are some of the opportunities now available:

Read the full SBE letter.


From Dr. Karen Marrongelle

Dear EHR Community:

In 2016, NSF unveiled a set of “Big Ideas” – 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering. The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering.

There are many opportunities for educational researchers and educators to engage in all 10 of the Big Ideas, and I encourage you to engage with these opportunities, bringing your innovative and exciting concepts to these competitions. Please reach out to EHR program officers to talk further about how your projects might fit within the NSF 10 Big Ideas. We want your bold thinking!

Funding opportunities now available with NSF’s Big Ideas include:...

Read the full EHR letter.