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Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)

The U.S. National Science Foundation Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) supports basic research on people and society.

This includes the study of human behavior and social organizations, as well as research on how social, economic, political, cultural and environmental forces affect the lives of people from birth to old age and how people in turn shape those forces.

SBE also supports research infrastructure in social and behavioral sciences, including surveys that provide data about American society and about the state of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise.

At every level, researchers supported by SBE are making transformative discoveries that empower America's industries and communities, provide opportunities for entrepreneurs and create the knowledge that fuels American economic leadership.

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Dear Colleague Letter
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Posted May 8, 2024
Program
Next Required Due Date: October 10, 2024
Posted May 1, 2024
Dear Colleague Letter
Next Required Due Date: See letter for details
Posted May 1, 2024

Explore SBE

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SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SBE/SMA)

Cultivates interdisciplinary research and training in the social, behavioral and economic sciences, including capacity-building at minority-serving institutions, international collaborations and the ethical conduct of scientific research.

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Outreach
Do you have a question about the CRISES Program? Join us during our office hours.
Q&As and information sessions
Program directors will answer questions concerning the NSF Sociology Program.

 

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NCSES Reports

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics is is tasked with providing objective data on the status of the science and engineering enterprise in the U.S. and other countries.

The State of U.S. Science and Engineering 2024

This report summarizes key indicators that assess the status of the science and engineering enterprise within the United States and illustrate the U.S. global position in multiple aspects of that enterprise.

Diversity and STEM: Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities 2023

This report provides high-level insights from multiple data sources into the diversity of the STEM workforce in the United States.