NSF and the Social Sciences / Convergence Research

January 27-28, 2022

The Office of Research and Creative Activity is hosting Mark S. Hurwitz, PhD, professor of political science at Western Michigan University (WMU) and prior program officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead several opportunities:

  • Workshop: NSF and the Social Sciences – Writing Proposals for the SBE Directorate: Thursday, January 27 / 9am-12pm
  • One-on-One Consultations: Thursday, January 27 / 2pm-5pm;  Friday, January 28 / 8am-11am
  • Lunch Session: Convergence Research at NSF: Friday, January 28 / 12pm-2pm

REGISTER

NSF and the Social Sciences – Writing Proposals for the SBE Directorate
Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 9am-12pm | Memorial Union - Hidatsa

NSF’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences supports basic research on people and society. More particularly, the SBE sciences explore human behavior and social organizations in numerous disciplines. This Workshop covers the basics of writing a competitive proposal geared toward funding by the SBE Directorate. Topics include: NSF’s mission and organization; SBE programs and funding opportunities; submission requirements; merit review process; Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts; following the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG); budgeting; getting to know your NSF Program Officers and NDSU Office of Research and Creative Activity.  The workshop will also include practice writing a Project Summary that includes the proposal Overview, Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts. 

Convergence Research at NSF
Friday, January 28, 2022 | 12pm-2pm | Memorial Union - Prairie Rose

Growing Convergence Research is one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas. According to NSF: “The grand challenges of today -- protecting human health; understanding the food, energy, water nexus; exploring the universe at all scales -- will not be solved by one discipline alone. They require convergence: the merging of ideas, approaches and technologies from widely diverse fields of knowledge to stimulate innovation and discovery.” This session covers convergence research at NSF, including the concept of convergence research, programs and funding opportunities that require / encourage convergence research, and how to situate a proposal that includes convergence research. Interactive discussions will be utilized to generate research ideas that incorporate convergence research.

Presenter
Mark. S. Hurwitz, PhD, professor of political science at Western Michigan University (WMU) currently acts as the director of special initiatives in the WMU Office of Research and Innovation. Previously, he served as a program officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where his portfolio extended across the agency. His primary programs included Learning and Workforce Development in the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure and Law and Science in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. Hurwitz also had responsibility in Working Groups for Navigating the New Arctic, Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation, Cyberinfrastructure for Emerging Science and Engineering Research, Disrupting Operations of Illicit Supply Networks, and Science of Broadening Participation.
   

 

  
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