NSF report on value of SBES to national priorities

The Value of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences to National Priorities: A Report for the National Science Foundation

This new publication from the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education concludes that the social, behavioral, and economic sciences advance the missions of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal agencies and serve well many of the most important needs of society. Social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) research can be applied to business and industry and has enhanced the U.S. economy.

The report also offers recommendations to better enable SBE research to meet the nation’s priorities—for example, urging NSF to undertake a strategic planning process to articulate the most important scientific questions in SBE disciplines and to prepare the next generation of scientists to be more data intensive, interdisciplinary, and team oriented. NSF should also undertake more systematic efforts to communicate the results and value of the SBE research it supports.

Download the report and the highlights

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