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National Science Foundation

Overview of the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences


The National Science Foundation
Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and economic Sciences

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent agency of the United States Government. Its vision is to enable the nation's future through its strategic goals of transforming the frontiers, innovating for society, and performing as a model organization. The Foundation seeks to realize these goals using five core values: vision, dedication to excellence, learning and growing, broad inclusiveness, and accountability to the research community and the taxpayer. NSF invests in supporting research that will advance the frontiers of knowledge and establish the nation as a leader in transformational science; cultivating a world-class, broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce and scientifically literate citizenry; building the nationís research capacity with critical investments in advanced instruments, tools and facilities; and cultivating a capable and responsive organization that promotes excellence in science and engineering research and education.

The Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) is one of seven NSF directorates. The focus of the SBE Directorate is to strengthen the capability of the social, behavioral, and economic sciences (their knowledge bases and systems, institutions, and human and physical resources) to strengthen the national capacity to perform and innovate. Increased innovation contributes to our national prosperity, security, and welfare. The Directorateís goals and strategies mirror those of the Foundation. The Directorate includes the Divisions of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) and Social and Economic Sciences (SES), the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA), and the National Center for Science and Statistics (NCSES). The Directorate staff of approximately 119 employees administers a budget of approximately $250 million annually.

The Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (AD/SBE) serves as a key member of NSF's senior management and policy team and provides leadership and direction to the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate programs and initiatives. The incumbent is responsible for planning and implementing programs, priorities, and policy within the framework of statutory and National Science Board authority. NSF seeks a candidate with outstanding leadership abilities; a deep sense of scholarship; a grasp of the issues facing the social, behavioral, and economic science communities in the areas of education and research; expertise with the production, analysis and dissemination of public data and statistics; and a commitment to the goals and strategies of the National Science Foundation.

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