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Update on Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Economic Systems (DISES) Program

March 20, 2024

The Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (DISES) Program has evolved since its initial beginnings as a part of the Biocomplexity in the Environment (BE) Program. The current iteration is a progression of the Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program, which grew out of BE in Fiscal Year 2006. Nearly 20 years of impactful projects has spawned several new areas of research and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Recognizing the growth of research into human-environmental systems and analyzing how NSF supports this area of research, NSF has made the decision to conclude the DISES program after awards made in Fiscal Year 2024. 

Although there will be no funding for new DISES awards in Fiscal Year 2025, support for research on interactions between human and environmental systems will continue through other programs across the Foundation.

Programs that may be of interest to researchers in this area include: 

Researchers can also find other programs, including relevant core programs, by using the NSF Funding Search tool 

Researchers wishing to submit proposals to these programs and/or in this area of research are encouraged to speak with Program Officers within the Directorates for Biological Sciences; Geosciences; and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, including those listed as contacts on the above linked program pages, about their proposed research to determine within which program it best fits. A one-page concept outline can help Program Officers determine if the proposed research is a good fit to the scope of their program and assist PIs in finding additional NSF funding opportunities they may wish to consider.

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2023 budget of $9.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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