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Human and Social Dynamics (HSD)

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Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


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 2008 competition will include three emphasis areas (Agents of Change; Dynamics of Human Behavior; and Decision Making, Risk and Uncertainty). HSD encourages projects investigating complexity and systems thinking, with a goal of revealing the emergent properties of dynamic systems. HSD also encourages projects identifying human drivers of environmental change and exploring the consequences of environmental change on humans. Such research is central in equipping us to handle the most pressing environmental problems for our nation and the world.

Updates and announcements

Program contacts

For questions involving the HSD emphasis areas, contact :

Agents of Change (AOC)

Brian Humes, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
phone: 703-292-7284
email: bhumes@nsf.gov

Nancy Huntly, Directorate for Biological Sciences
phone: 703-292-8061
email: nhuntly@nsf.gov

Dynamics of Human Behavior (DHB)

Amber Story, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
phone: 703-292-7249
email: astory@nsf.gov

Decision Making, Risk, and Uncertainty (DRU)

Robert O'Connor, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
phone: 703-292-7263
email: roconnor@nsf.gov

Dennis Wenger, Directorate for Engineering
phone: 703-292-8606
email: dwenger@nsf.gov


For questions about International Activities, contact

Bonnie Thompson, Office of International Science and Engineering
phone: 703-292-7248
email: bthompso@nsf.gov


General Inquiries

Rita Teutonico, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
phone: 703-292-7118
email: rteutoni@nsf.gov

Elizabeth Tran, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
phone: 703-292-5338
email: etran@nsf.gov


Rita Teutonico
rteutoni@nsf.gov (703) 292-7118
Elizabeth Tran
etran@nsf.gov (703) 292-5338

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