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Work at the Human-Technology Frontier


by SIOP Administrative Office

National Science Foundation Seeks Proposals for Workshops and Research Coordination Networks

On April 3, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) soliciting proposals to expand Convergence research, part of NSF’s Ten Big Ideas for Future Investment.

The big ideas were developed at NSF over the last year and a half, and over the past few months more details and funding opportunities have been announced to begin putting these ideas into action.

The DCL solicits proposals for workshops, Research Coordination Networks (RCNs), Summer Schools, and Cross-Sector activities with opportunities varying by research challenge area. The full text of the DCL is available here.

This DCL specifically focuses on growing Convergence research related to four of the other big ideas: Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering; Navigating the New Arctic; The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution; and Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Shaping the Future, a topic of particular interest to SIOP members and I-O psychologists.

Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Shaping the Future (HTF)

The HTF Big Idea is focused on the future of technology, its effects on humans, and how work will change in reaction to technological advances, especially automation.  As part of this big idea, NSF is soliciting proposals for workshops and RCNS that “facilitate the convergence of computer science, education, engineering, and the physical, biological, and social and behavioral sciences to define the key challenges and research imperatives of the nexus of humans, technology, and work.” 

Areas that NSF has prioritized in HTF are:

  1. research to understand the social and economic consequences of today's emerging technologies, and the associated educational needs
  2. research to develop tools that shape human-technology partnerships, improve worker performance, increase career longevity and job satisfaction, and facilitate the life-long learning of new skills

HTF proposals should be submitted to the Cyber-Human Systems (CHS) Program.  Workshop awards are for up to one year with a maximum funding level of $100,000. Workshop proposals are due by May 15, 2017.  RCN proposals should be for four to five years with a maximum funding level of $500,000.  RCN proposals are due by June 1, 2017.

More information about the Cyber-Human Systems Program is available here.