A Key to Funding Opportunities from the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE)

NSF's SBE Directorate provides approximately two-thirds of the federal funding to American colleges and universities for basic research in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences.

There are several paths to NSF support for SBE researchers and students:

These resources can help you find opportunities and submit proposals:

The majority of SBE's funding is awarded through our core research programs housed in SBE's three divisions, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Systems (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), and National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), as well as in SBE's Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA).

These pages provide details on the funding process through SBE's core programs:

BCS Core Programs:

SES Core Programs:

NCSES Core Program:

SMA Core Programs:

Additional Funding Opportunities Relevant to SBE Scientists and Students:

All currently open funding opportunities with SBE.

All Current Dear Colleague Letters relevant to the SBE Community.