A Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has been tasked by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to carry out a decadal survey on the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) in areas relevant to national security. An ad hoc committee has been appointed to conduct the survey. The National Academies, through their studies and reports, provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to enhance public policy and practice.

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Timeline

  • Committee First Meeting:
    March 2017
  • Committee Second Meeting:
    June 2017
  • IdeaBuzz Challenge Opens:
    October 2017
  • Committee Third Meeting:
    October 2017
  • Committee Fourth Meeting:
    January 2018
  • Committee Fifth Meeting:
    March 2018
  • IdeaBuzz Challenge Closes:
    March 15th, 2018
  • Committee Sixth Meeting:
    Summer 2018
  • Committee Report Released:
    Spring 2019

Decadal Survey Statement of Task

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will carry out a decadal survey on the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) in areas relevant to national security. An ad hoc committee will be appointed to conduct the survey with the goal of identifying opportunities that are poised to contribute significantly to the intelligence community's analytic responsibilities. The study will identify opportunities throughout the social sciences (e.g., sociology, demography, political science, economics, anthropology) and from behavioral sciences (e.g. psychology, cognition, neuroscience). The committee will work with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and security community members to understand government needs and expectations. The final consensus report will be based on the committee's consideration of broad national security priorities; relevant capabilities of elements within the security community to support and apply findings from social and behavioral science; cost and technical readiness; likely growth of research programs; emerging data, procedures, personnel, and other resources; and opportunities to leverage related research activities not directly supported by government. The committee will specify a range of relevant work that could be useful to the intelligence community for their consideration in developing future research priorities.

Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences

The Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences was established to meet the emerging need for a broader, cross disciplinary intellectual resource to help the National Academies and policy making communities better use the science of these domains to inform and enhance policy decisions and practices. More information is available at http://nationalacademies.org/bbcss

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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FAQs

Q. What are decadal surveys?

A. Decadal surveys are a signature type of study conducted through the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with a rich history of success in the physical sciences. These surveys gather ideas and feedback from the research community in order to develop a plan that shapes future research initiatives. This is the first such survey undertaken for the social and behavioral sciences (SBS).

Q. What are the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine?

A. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine were established under the Congressional Charter of the National Academy of Sciences to be a source of non-governmental, private, not-for-profit, independent, objective advice on matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health. The institution is organized into six major divisions which house numerous standing boards that reflect a wide range of disciplinary fields and issues. With the financial support of sponsors from public and private sectors, the National Academies organize ad hoc studies and other activities conducted by committees of experts appointed by the President of the National Academy of Sciences. The experts serve as volunteers who typically spend a year or more studying a topic of interest and ultimately preparing a consensus report of their findings. Learn more about the Academies study process.

Q: How will my ideas be used?

A: Ideas submitted in response to this challenge will be used to inform the work of the committee undertaking the Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Applications to National Security. It is important that voices and ideas are heard from a broad range of disciplines. The committee recognizes that much knowledge and techniques in all fields across the social and behavioral sciences -- beyond those normally associated with national security and international relations -- will have application to analytical capabilities and questions of national security. Your input will be publicly displayed on IdeaBuzz, and the information provided will be placed in our public access files.

Q: Can you provide more specific information about the "Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Applications to National Security"?

A: More information about the project can be found at http://nas.edu/SBSDecadalSurvey.

Q: Who are the sponsors of "Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Applications to National Security"?

A: The study is sponsored by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Representatives of sponsoring organizations can provide input to the study committee in public sessions and/or submit information to the committee that is deposited into the Public Access File. The National Academies maintains independent control over all aspects of the study process.

Q. What is the type of information you would like to receive and the format?

A. This challenge is one part of the process to gather ideas and information from the research community to develop a research agenda that can be used to guide investment decisions and application efforts in national security over the next 10 years. It is anticipated that ideas will identify research concepts, methods, tools, techniques, and new ideas that could advance knowledge in broad areas of the social and behavioral sciences. Ideas submitted may be any length. Ideas may call attention to 1) recent advances and accomplishments in scientific observations and/or theory; 2) new lines of interdisciplinary study; 3) research questions where there is novel discovery potential; and/or 4) future benefits for continued investigation in a given area. Contributors may also choose to attach any documents, such as white papers, to supplement information in their ideas.

Q. Am I allowed to submit more than one idea?

A. Yes, we encourage ongoing discussion amongst IdeaBuzz community members.

Q. What is the vote button on each idea?

A. By clicking the vote button on an idea, you are voting that you agree with the idea. The number of votes for each idea will be considered by the study committee.

Q. I would like to vote, comment, or share an idea; do I need to register?

A: Yes, only registered IdeaBuzz users may vote, comment, or share ideas.

Q. Why was I asked to provide an email address during registration?

A: IdeaBuzz will alert you by email to confirm your idea has been received and if someone has commented on your idea or @mentioned you in their idea or comment. A moderator from IdeaBuzz or the National Academies may reach out to you by email in the event that further input on your part is needed to clarify an idea, question, or comment you have submitted; this is the only reason the National Academies will use your email. We will not store email addresses provided to IdeaBuzz beyond this purpose. Your email address is not shared with the public. A pseudonym can be used for either or both Username and Full Name. Please see the Disclaimers Page for privacy information.

Q. Is there a way for me to mention another community member in my idea or comment?

A. You can use @mentions in your ideas and comments. Begin typing @"username" and you will see an auto-complete list of matching usernames to select from. The selected community member will receive an email pointing towards the referenced content.

Q. I posted an idea but I cannot see it?

A. All the ideas and comments posted to this challenge through ideabuzz.com have to be approved by a moderator. Please allow the moderators up to 2 business days to review and approve your comment or idea.

Q. When can I participate?

Ideas, comments, and votes will be accepted through this platform through March 15th, 2018.