Email Print Share

Your Life. Our Work. SBE.

Social, behavioral and economic (SBE) sciences advance scientific knowledge about people and society. This knowledge furthers NSF's mission to advance U.S. health, prosperity, welfare, and defense -- it is critical for the country's well-being.


abstract of people with a building and tree

What are the SBE sciences?

SBE sciences explore human behavior and social organizations. They look at how economic, political, environmental, social, and cultural forces affect the lives of people from birth to old age - and how people in turn shape those forces.

Read more

Two year old Cillian in Go Baby Go car.

Getting children with motor disabilities moving.

NSF-funded research is letting children with motor disabilities gain mobility through easy-to-build robotic cars.

Read more

What does 'underrespresented minority' mean? graphic showing Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans or Alaska Natives account for roughly 30.5% of U.S. residents, yet comprise only 22% of science and engineering (S&E) bachelor's recipients, 9% of S&E doctorate recipients, and 20% of those employed in S&E occupations.

Who is underrepresented in Science and Engineering?

NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) report is the federal government's most comprehensive look at the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering education and employment.

Read more

Researchers assess storm damage after Hurricane Sandy.

Better warning systems for better disaster response.

NSF-funded scientists worked with the National Weather Service to better communicate the risks of weather emergencies.

Read more

Helping stroke survivors walk.

Research focused on locomotor learning tailors technology for effective stroke rehabilitation.

Read more

Betsy Levy Paluck

SBE at Work: Betsy Levy Paluck

Betsy Levy Paluck, Professor of Psychology at Princeton University is reducing school bullying.

Read more

If you have ideas for SBE Spotlights, please email us at:

Page last updated: 5.21.19