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SBE Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites (SBE REU Sites)

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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.

Supports research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas funded by the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.


The SBE REU Sites program is part of an NSF-wide program under a single solicitation administered individually by each Directorate. The SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) receives REU Site proposals for the entire SBE Directorate and runs the competition. An REU Site should provide research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme and may be based in a single discipline or academic department, or be interdisciplinary and multi-departmental.

The NSF-wide Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) solicitation governs the overall competition. The following clarifications/explanations are specifically for REU Site proposals submitted to SBE.

  • Typical project duration is three years.
  • Typical funding is approximately $350,000, but if the proposal includes international activities, the budget can be higher.
  • Interdisciplinary REU Site proposals are welcome, but one or more of the elements of the research themes/topics must fall within the general scope of SBE Sciences or a combination of them.

Interested PIs are advised to explore the Active Directory of SBE REU Sites to determine the scope and breadth of fields funded under our program.

Program contacts

Josie W. Miranda
Program Director
jwmirand@nsf.gov (703) 292-7376
Lisa M. Jackson
Program Specialist
lmjackso@nsf.gov (703) 292-7882 SBE/OAD