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Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences

Perception, Action & Cognition  (PAC)

Name Email Phone Room
Betty  K. Tuller-Program Director (703) 292-7238  995 N  
Catherine  Arrington - Pgm. Director (703) 292-7276  995 N  
Raquel  J. Robinson - Pgm. Assistant (703) 292-4626   


Apply to PD 09-7252 as follows:

For full proposals submitted via FastLane: standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide proposal preparation guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via the NSF Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines applies. (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Window

    May 15, 2017 - June 15, 2017

    May 15 - June 15, Annually Thereafter

        This proposal window is only for workshop and conference proposals, not for research proposals. Proposals for workshops and conferences that will be held less than one year after submission may be returned without review.

    July 15, 2017 - August 1, 2017

    July 15 - August 1, Annually Thereafter

        This proposal window is for research proposals only. Workshop and conference proposals should not be submitted during this submission window.

    January 15, 2018 - February 1, 2018

    January 15 - February 1, Annually Thereafter

        This proposal window is for research proposals only. Workshop and conference proposals should not be submitted during this submission window.

Please Note: Individuals considering submitting a workshop or conference proposal are strongly encouraged to contact the PAC program officers prior to submitting a full proposal by e-mailing a one-page summary of the topic and scope of the workshop or conference, the anticipated speakers, and the anticipated budget request.


The PAC program funds theoretically motivated research on a wide-range of topic areas focused on typical human behavior. The aim is to enhance the fundamental understanding of perceptual, motor, and cognitive processes and their interactions. Central research topics for consideration by the program include (but are not limited to) vision, audition, haptics, attention, memory, reasoning, written and spoken language, motor control, categorization, and spatial cognition. Of particular interest are emerging areas, such as the interaction of sleep or emotion with cognitive or perceptual processes and the epigenetics of cognition. The program welcomes a wide range of perspectives, such as individual differences, symbolic computation, connectionism, ecological, genetics and epigenetics, nonlinear dynamics and complex systems, and a variety of methodologies including both experimental studies and modeling. The PAC program is open to co-review of proposals submitted to other programs both within the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate and across other directorates.  

Note: Proposals may be returned without review if 1) the major question concerns the organization of neural activity or brain networks; 2) the major question concerns atypical behavior in clinical populations; or 3) the proposal examines non-human animals without a clear and direct impact on our understanding of human perception, action, or cognition.

Within one week of receipt of the proposal number from FastLane, each PI must send the following two documents via email to The subject heading of the email should note the proposal number and the Principal Investigator. Attach the following documents prepared on the following templates.

  1. An Excel spreadsheet with five worksheet pages that will be used by NSF to check for conflicts of interest in assembling the review community.  (Excel Template for PAC).
  2. A single PowerPoint slide with (a) name and affiliation of all senior personnel, (b) title of your proposal, and (c) a very brief (1-3 sentences at most) summary of the main hypotheses and methods. The slide may only include graphs, images, or other illustrations if they appear in the proposal. You must use the template (PowerPoint Template for PAC) and name the file with the PI's last name followed by the seven digit proposal number (e.g., Smith 127999). This will be used during review panel discussions.

Remember to email these two documents to:; do not use FastLane.

Additional Funding Opportunities for the BCS Community may be found at

Individuals interested in serving as ad hoc reviewers for the PAC program are encouraged to complete a brief survey to be entered into a database of potential reviewers.

Individuals interested in receiving periodic updates on program developments, new solicitations, and other opportunities relevant to the PAC community should use this link to be entered into the PAC mailing list. 


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