OSP FO# 11-123

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE)/Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES)

PROGRAM: Science, Technology, and Society (STS)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to support research and associated activities that examine the relationships among science, engineering, technology and society. The STS program emphasizes analytical, interpretive studies as the means for examining scientific, technological and engineering practices and processes. This program also stresses the importance of understanding the role of science, technology, and engineering in society. Studies in these various fields should not only explore the impact of science, technology and engineering on society, but in addition examine how ethical, intellectual, cultural and social factors influence science, technology and engineering. Questions pertaining to knowledge production and its effects, both within the scientific community and beyond, are central to the STS Program as a whole. Proposers should submit applications under one of the following program components:

A) Ethics and Values in Engineering, Science, and Technology (EVS) — This component examines normative issues in the conduct of science and the development and implementation of technology. Proposals focus on how ethical issues and values interconnect with science and technology, and how norms and values institutionalized in science and technology engage with society. Proposals in this area of STS may examine how ethics in scientific and technological research are defined, and by whom.

B) History and Philosophy of Science, Engineering, and Technology (HPS) — HPS uses the traditions and tools of history and philosophy to examine intellectual, theoretical, socio-cultural, and material dimensions of science and technology. Proposals in this area of STS engage in analytical, critical, reflective, and interpretive modes of study of the scientific and technological enterprises both past and present. History is broadly conceived to include social, cultural, institutional, and personal contexts. Philosophy may focus on a variety of modes such as providing epistemological, methodological, conceptual, or metaphysical perspectives on a particular theory or conceptual or technological innovation, or on science or technology more broadly.

C) Social Studies of Science, Engineering, and Technology (SSS) — This component includes research drawing on the social and behavioral sciences including anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, psychology, geography, and science and technology studies. Proposals in this area examine the interconnections of science, technology, and society. Supported research will bring the tools and theories of the social sciences to bear on such issues as how science and technology function in different societies, and how culture and society and science, technology, and engineering shape each other. A variety of methodologies are supported including ethnography, surveys, network analysis, interviews, modeling and theorizing, content analysis, and archival exploration.

D) Studies in Policy, Science, Engineering, and Technology (SPS) — This component examines research on social and strategic choices, especially policy choices, that influence knowledge production and innovation and their effects, and on the influences of scientific and technical knowledge and innovation on policy. Proposals in this area typically draw upon methodologies of the social sciences including qualitative, interpretive, and quantitative approaches.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2011 and February 1, 2012

Applicants to the Small Grants for Training and Research (SGTR) component may only be submitted to the August target date for consideration in the fall of each year.

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $9 million to support up to 40 standard or continuing grants.

The STS Program provides a range of funding opportunities designed to support the full spectrum of research, educational, and scholarly activities undertaken by scholars working on science and society. The Program urges potential investigators to discuss their proposals with the cognizant Program Officer(s) in advance of submission. This program provides the following eight (8) modes of support: scholar awards; standard research grants and grants for collaborative research; STS postdoctoral fellowships; STS professional development fellowships; doctoral dissertation research improvements grants; small grants for training and research; conference and workshop awards; as well as other funding opportunities. Please see the complete program guidelines regarding detailed funding information for each of the program components and modes of support.

Frederick Kronz, Program Director
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 995 N.
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: 703-292-7283
Email: fkronz@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08553/nsf08553.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 08-553 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.