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Science and Technology Studies Program
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The Science & Technology Studies (STS) program supports research and related activities that contribute to systematic understanding of the character and development of science and technology, including their cultural, intellectual, material and social dimensions. The program supports research on the nature and development of science and technology, both in the past and present, and on differences in the nature of theory and evidence in various fields of science and engineering. STS also supports research on the interactions among science, technology and society, including such topics as the construction of scientific and technological knowledge and institutions; the relations between science and other social institutions and groups; and processes of scientific and technological innovation and change. Proposals are welcome from various disciplinary perspectives, including history, philosophy, and the social sciences.

Except for doctoral dissertation research, STS studies of medicine, public health and society are not normally supported by the NSF. Researchers should contact the National Institutes of Health and/or the National Endowment for the Humanities for support of research in these fields.

NSF04-531 STS Program Announcement.

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February 1 Regular proposals
August 1 Regular proposals
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Program Director: Keith Benson, email:
Program Director: John Perhonis, email:

Science Assistant: Matt Bauer, email:
Program Assistant: Debra Newman, email:
Program Tech Specialist: Geri Farves, email:

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Science and Technology Studies Program
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 995
Arlington, VA 22230
Phone: (703) 292-8763
FAX: (703) 292-9068

If you have any comments or suggestions, please send email to Keith Benson:

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Related Funding Opportunities
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program
NSF 94-79: Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)
NSF 01-107: Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (REU)

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers

Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Nano: Partnership in Nanotechnology

ITR: Information Technology Research

Digital Libraries

International Digital Libraries Collaborative Research and Applications Testbeds
NSF/DFG: International Digital Libraries Research - a joint funding
Related Presentations

Reports of workshops:
Connecting and Collaborating (Science on the World Wide Web)
Biology and Law: Challenges of Adjudicating Competing Claims in a Democracy
Light and Enlightenment: A Workshop on Producing a Digital Variorium Edition of Newton's Optiks

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Proposal and Submission Guidelines
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STS Program Modes of Support
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STS and the History of Medicine
General Guidelines
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North Carolina State University STS Links

University of Missouri Kansas City's: Worldwide Guide to Science Studies Programs




History of Science Society

Society for the History of technology

Society for Social Studies of Science

The Philosophy of Science Association

Society for the Philosophy and Technology

Humanities and Technology Association

European Assoc for the Study of Science and Technology

Int'l Society- History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology

Society for the History of Natural History

Int'l History , Philosophy and Science Teaching Group

IEEE Society for Social Implications of Technology

Web Links for Information on Conducting Oral History Projects
American Institutes of physics, Center for the History of Physics
Columbia University
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