OSP FO# 12-003

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

PROGRAM: Metadata for Long-Standing Large-Scale Social Science Surveys (META-SSS)

OBJECTIVES: The American National Election Studies (ANES), General Social Survey (GSS) and Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) are long-term survey projects that form key research infrastructure for the social and behavioral sciences. The value of these three projects depends in part on data accessibility and ease of use. These data dissemination activities provide value far beyond the original data collection effort. That value consists of providing access and tools that enable dissemination to a wide range of user communities– from social scientists to advance knowledge and test theories, to teachers in secondary schools to explain basic statistical and analytic methods, to citizens outside of the higher education and research communities who use the data to generate basic descriptive statistics and graphs.

This program provides funding to support proposals that will develop tools to bridge data collection and dissemination by first, collecting and coding metadata associated with future waves of the ANES, GSS, and PSID surveys as collection and processing techniques evolve; and second, migrating (or “retrofitting”) metadata associated with earlier (i.e., legacy) waves of these surveys into formats and schema that are compatible with current and future collection efforts. The goal is to fund projects that will help make the many years of legacy data available to researchers who seek to answer current scientific questions.

Proposals should either present a plan for creating a metadata system for all three surveys, or for only the cross-sectional surveys (GSS and ANES) or for only the panel survey (PSID). Successful applications will demonstrate the ability to mount a viable pilot together with plans to extend the pilot to the entirety of the subject survey collections. Therefore successful applications will demonstrate the research team’s ability to coordinate with the principal investigators leading the three large surveys. Successful applications will also include provision for (1) appropriate documentation of any software developed and a user guide and (2) communication of the findings to the scientific community.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

DEADLINES: January 31, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $1 million to fund 1-2 new awards with a duration of 24 months. Grantees may be eligible for supplemental funding after the initial two-year project based on the outcomes after the first year and NSF review of evaluation and performance reports. Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

Patricia E. White
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-8762
Email: pwhite@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11583/nsf11583.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 Research Administrator 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 11-583 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.