Science of Learning: Collaborative Networks

Funding Opportunity Number: 16-528
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
CFDA Number: 47.041
Eligible Applicants Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Agency Name: NSF
Closing Date: Apr 04, 2016
Award Ceiling:
Expected Number of Awards:
Creation Date: Dec 31, 2015
Funding Opportunity Description: The goals of the Science of Learning (SL) Program are to: advance fundamental knowledge about learning through integrativeresearch; connect the research to specific scientific, technological, educational, and workforce challenges; and enable research communities to capitalize on new opportunities and discoveries.The program supports projects that emphasize consilience of knowledge, adopting diverse disciplinary approaches to shared research questions. The program seeks to develop robust and integrated accounts of contexts, mechanisms, and effective strategies of learning. This solicitation invites proposals for the creation of new research networks to address important integrative questions in the science of learning. Each network must identify an integrative research goal involving convergence of evidence from the diverse disciplinary approaches represented by participants in the network. The proposed research must substantially advance understanding of learning in more than a single discipline. Networks may focus on advancing basic research through experiments and theory, as well as translating findings from basic research on learning to applications in order to benefit society and further inform fundamental theories of learning. This solicitation is for proposals that do not fit into existing NSF programs, by virtue of the emphasis on interdisciplinarity in service of knowledge consilience and integration. Each network is expected to engage in both of the following activities:

  • Partnership-building activities among the network participants to optimize scientific exchange for the co-design and execution of network goals; and
  • Collaborative, integrative research to be conducted by the network participants. Integrative research must address questions of genuine significance across multiple disciplines, or multiples levels of analysis.



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