The Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) supports
research to develop and advance scientific knowledge focusing
on human cognition, language, social behavior and culture,
as well as research on the interactions between human societies
and the physical environment.
BCS programs consider proposals that fall squarely within
disciplines, but they also encourage and support interdisciplinary
projects, which are evaluated through joint review among Programs
in BCS, as well as joint review with programs in other Divisions,
and NSF-wide multi-disciplinary panels, as appropriate.
All programs in BCS consider proposals for research projects,
conferences, and workshops. Some programs also consider proposals
for doctoral dissertation improvement assistance, the acquisition
of specialized research and computing equipment, group international
travel, and large-scale data collection. BCS participates
in special initiatives and competitions on a number of topics,
including the human dimensions of global change, cognitive
science and intelligent systems, and infrastructure to improve
data resources, data archives, collaboratories, and centers.