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NSTC report and the broader impact of physical anthropological research

by Ed Hagen last modified Sep 22, 2009 02:46 PM
The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) recently released the report Social, Behavioral and Economic Research in the Federal Context. This report may help you, as a potential PI or reviewer, to think creatively about potential broader impacts of the research you conduct and review, which is one of two merit criteria for NSF proposals.

The report can be found here:


http://www.ostp.gov/galleries/NSTC%20Reports/SBE%20in%20the%20Federal%20Context%20(for%20NSTC)%204-21-09.pdf


This report summarizes several grand challenges facing the nation and globe and the potential for the human sciences to provide policy makers evidence and information to address these challenges. Former presidential science advisor, Dr. John Marburger, writes, “This is a particularly important time to reassess the role and opportunities for the SBE sciences…” in areas,” such as “education, health care, the mitigation of terrorism, the prevention of crime, the response to natural disasters, and a better understanding of our rapidly changing global economy.” I wanted to bring this important document to your attention not only for its intrinsic interest (there are a number of references to physical anthropological and archaeological research), but also because it may inform your ideas about the broader impact of our field’s research, as well as your own. Additionally, as you know, broader impact is one of the two merit review criteria at the National Science Foundation. This report may help you, as a potential PI or reviewer, to think creatively about potential broader impacts of the research you conduct and review.


Mark Weiss

Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences

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