NSF Nudging Researchers To Explore Science and Innovation Data

Recently the National Science Foundation released a Dear Colleague letter to researchers that may engage with the Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SCISIP) program in the Foundation’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.  These letters often try to draw interest in particular kinds of research within a program or directorate.  In this case the SCISIP program staff are looking to get more researchers submitting proposals connected with the use and/or generation of data on science and/or innovation policy.

Specifically, the letter is soliciting interest in EAGER grants for exploratory research.  Projects would be using administrative data on science and engineering research grants from federal agencies.  This could include, but not be limited to, STAR METRICS, Federal RePORTer and other institutional data from federal agencies, other research institutions, and other entities in the research enterprise that would track scientific and technological research.

While there are standing submission deadlines for the SCISIP program, this Dear Colleague for EAGER grants is seeking one-page summaries of research ideas by April 29.  There is also a joint NIH-NSF workshop scheduled for April 7 and 8 that will cover current best practices in research models, tools and data (among other issues in the study of science and innovation policy).

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