NSF Outlines Priorities for Research in Social Sciences

After a year of study, the National Science Foundation has come up with an outline for what it sees as research priorities in the coming decade in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. The NSF has posted its report, along the 252 papers from an open call for authors to offer suggestions. One key point: The NSF sees the future of research involving social sciences as becoming more heavily dominated by collaborations rather than by single-investigator projects. And it sees the greatest emphasis in four broad subject areas: population change; sources of disparities; communication, language, and linguistics; and technology, new media, and social networks.

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