The Human Capital Initiative (funding)

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Fri, 20 Jan 1995 15:38:35 EST

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Sorry for the lousy formatting. Maybe you can fix it up in your
system. I just got word that there is an extra *1 Million* allocated
this fiscal year for Human Capital research, over what is mentioned in
the attached flier. Anthropologists whose research interests are
suitable should start thinking big, multidisciplinary, and in terms of
the Human Capital issues described in the flier.

Division of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research


The National Science Foundation invites proposals for human capital research,
defined as research
which advances basic understanding of the causes of the psychological, social,
economic and cultural
capacities for productive citizenship. The proposed research should add to the
store of fundamental
theoretical knowledge about human behavior. The eventual intent of the program
is that public policies
may be better informed by social and behavioral sciences research.
The agenda for the Human Capital Initiative (HCI) is based on "Investing in
Human Resources: A
Strategic Plan for the Human Capital Initiative," a report to the Foundation
from working groups convened
at NSF in 1994. The groups were composed of invited experts on human resource
issues from the social
and behavioral sciences. NSF charged the working groups to develop research
agendas for high priority
areas in response to a call for research from professional behavioral science
associations. The principal
objective was to create a strategic plan for basic research in human capital
that encompassed the
perspectives of the entire social and behavioral science community. Based on
this report, NSF seeks to
support fundamental research in six social contexts that affect the development
and utilization of human

1. Workplace: e.g., How are workers and jobs
effectively matched? How are workers motivated
to acquire new skills and how are the skills
demanded by employers changing? How do
individual workers respond to what kind of
incentives? What management and organization
systems produce greater worker efforts and
satisfaction? How are high-performance
workplaces best organized?

2. Education: e.g., How can students sustain
motivation to learn and perform in school? How
do specific student/teacher, student/student, and
student/curriculum interactions help or hinder
learning? How do school activities relate to
other activities and events in children's lives,
particularly family and peer influences? How can
we nourish the potential of the best students and
maximize the educational benefits of college and
other post-high school training? What
organizational reforms are effective in improving
student achievement and developing skills that
foster life-long learning and productivity?

3. Families: e.g., What is the effect of America's
changing family structure on children's
development and behavior? What child/adult
interactions within families most impact
children's development and result in successful
parenting? Are there particular times or
transitions when the quality of family interactions
is especially crucial for healthy development?
Why are some children more resilient than others
in the face of family and social problems? How
do families create social networks and how do
these networks foster the development of skills
among children and adults?

4. Neighborhoods: e.g., What are the
neighborhood-level social processes that
determine the nature of peer influences, criminal
behavior, employment or civic responsibility?
How do neighborhood organizations affect
activities and future expectations of children and
adults? What are the behavioral impacts of home
ownership? What are the dynamics of
homelessness? What is the impact of
discrimination on housing search and location

5. Disadvantage: e.g., How and why do humans
categorize people into groups? What are the
consequences of categorization? What are the
causes of a group s disadvantage, how is it
perpetuated, and how are perceptions of social
categories changed? How are stereotypes
formed and how can they be reduced? What
factors influence the perception of discrimination
by disadvantaged groups, and what sustains
discriminatory behaviors? What are the psycho-
social responses to discrimination and what
incentives and disincentives to develop human
capital does discrimination induce? Why are
some persons more able to overcome
disadvantage and discrimination than others?

6. Poverty: e.g., What economic changes are
causing deteriorating wages among less skilled
workers? How have changes in families
interacted with changes in poverty in the US?
How do programs designed to reduce poverty
change the lives of low-income families? What is
the impact of poverty on the behavior and life
chances of low-income people? Why do some
children from poor families become effective and
successful adults, while others develop serious
emotional and behavioral problems? How have
changes in families interacted with changes in
poverty? What are the causes and consequences
of the growing number of single mothers?


Types of Projects Supported: Major Projects, Pilot Projects, Research Planning
Grants, and
This research opportunity is a coordinated initiative among the research
programs within the
Division of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research (SBER). SBER anticipates
making about sixty
new awards for this special research opportunity in fiscal year 1995. Awards
are expected to average
about $100,000 with a typical duration of three years; the budget for HCI totals
$7 million. Support for
future competitions will be contingent on the availability of funds. In
addition to research projects,
proposals for pilot projects, research planning grants and workshops that will
further define significant
research issues, concepts, methodologies and theories to advance understanding
of the causes of human
capital are invited. Such activities should be preliminary steps towards major
interdisciplinary research
projects in human capital. NSF may share proposals with other Federal agencies
interested in providing
additional funds to support this research.

Proposal Submission Information
Proposals for HCI will be reviewed in accordance with established Foundation
Information on these procedures, including eligibility, forms, review criteria,
and how to submit proposals
can be found in the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG), NSF 94-2. Standard forms and an
explanation of their
preparation and purpose are contained in GPG, and are available separately in
the Proposal Forms Kit
(PFK--NSF 94-3). Single copies of these items are available at no cost from the
Forms and Publications
Unit at NSF. Telephone your request to (703) 306-1130 or FAX your order to
(703) 644-4278. This
brochure is also available via electronic mail: (INTERNET). Please
note page limitations
described in the GPG, including a 15-page maximum for the project description
and a 2-page maximum for
biographical sketches. Note also that in general appendices are not allowed.

Proposals for this research opportunity are evaluated according to their
scientific merit as described
in the GPG. Proposals for HCI consideration should be well-grounded in
relevant theory. They should
explain how the research will contribute to the enhancement of that theory, and
should clearly outline and
justify the research methods to be used. Interdisciplinary research is
especially encouraged. Proposals will
go through a two stage review procedure: review for scientific merit by peer
reviewers and review for
relevance to this initiative by a special Human Capital committee.

All applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals and expected budgets
with the SBER
program officer with the substantive expertise closest to their research
interests. Applicants planning
interdisciplinary projects should discuss their plans with Bonney Sheahan,
Program Manager for Cross-
Disciplinary Activities. Information on SBER programs including the telephone
numbers of individual
programs can be obtained from the SBER Program Announcement NSF 94-64, or by

Ms. Bonney Sheahan Dr. Daniel H. Newlon
(703) 306-1733 (703) 306-1753
Coordinators for Human Capital Research
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230
FAX: (703) 306-0485/0486

Eighteen (18) copies of the proposal, including the copy bearing the original
signatures of principal
investigators and institutional representatives, should be sent to the NSF
Proposal Processing Unit at:

Human Capital/SBER Announcement No. NSF 95-8
NSF Proposal Processing Unit (PPU), Room P60
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230

Grant Administration
Grants awarded as a result of this announcement are administered in accordance
with the terms and
conditions of NSF GC-1, "Grant General Conditions," or FDP-II, "Federal
Demonstration Project General
Terms and Conditions," depending on the grantee organization. Copies of these
documents are available at
no cost from the NSF Forms and Publications Unit. More comprehensive
information is contained in the
NSF Grant Policy Manual (NSF 88-47, July 1989), for sale through the
Superintendent of Documents,
Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The telephone number at GPO
is (202) 783-3238
for subscription information.

You can get information quickly through STIS (Science and Technology
Information System),
NSF's online publishing system, described in NSF 94-4, the "STIS flyer." To get
a paper copy of the flyer,
call the NSF Publications Section at (703)-306-1130. Publications should be
received within three weeks
after placement of order.

Target Dates
January 15 (February 15 in fiscal year 1995) and August 15
The review procedure will usually take about 6 months.

NSF provides awards for research in the sciences and engineering. The awardee
is wholly
responsible for the conduct of such research and preparation of the results for
publication. The
Foundation, therefore, does not assume responsibility for the research findings
or their interpretation.
The Foundation welcomes proposals from all qualified scientists and engineers,
and strongly
encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to compete fully in
any of the research and
related programs described here.
In accordance with federal statutes, regulations and NSF policies, no person on
grounds of race,
color, age, sex, national origin or disability shall be excluded from
participation in, denied the benefits of,
or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving
financial assistance from the
National Science Foundation.
Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities (FASED)
provides funding for
special assistance or equipment to enable persons with disabilities
(Investigators and other staff, including
student research assistants) to work on an NSF project. See the program
announcement or contact the
program coordinator at (703) 306-1636.

Privacy Act and Public Burden
Information requested on NSF application materials is solicited under the
authority of the National
Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended. It will be used in connection with
the selection of qualified
proposals and may be used and disclosed to qualified reviewers and staff
assistants as part of the review
process and to other government agencies. See Systems of Records NSF-50,
Principal Investigator/
Proposal File and Associated Records, and NSF 51, Reviewer/ Proposals File and
Associated Records,
56 Federal Register 54907 (Oct. 23, 1991). Submission of the information is
voluntary. Failure to provide
full and complete information, however, may reduce the possibility of your
receiving an award.
The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to
average 120 hours per
response, including time for reviewing instructions. Send comments regarding
this burden estimate or any
other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for
reducing this burden, to:

Herman G. Fleming
Reports Clearance Officer
Division of CPO, NSF
Arlington, VA 22230;
and to the
Office of Management and Budget
Paperwork Reduction Project (3145-0058)
Wash., D.C. 20503.

The National Science Foundation has TDD (Telephonic Device for the Deaf)
capability which
enables individuals with hearing impairment to communicate with the Foundation
about NSF programs,
employment, or general information. This number is (703) 306-0090.
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