Fostering the next generation of cybertools for research

The NSF is soliciting grant proposals for a new program.

“Researchers in the social and behavioral sciences and computer and information sciences have many important synergistic relationships.One way in which this is manifest is in the development and utilization of data. On the one hand, social and behavioral scientists find new ways to create and analyze data in their endeavors to describe human and organizational behavior. On the other hand, computer and information scientists conduct research that yields new ways to improve both domain-specific and general-purpose tools to analyze and visualize scientific data — such as improving processing power, enhanced interoperability of data from different sources, data mining, data integration, information indexing and data confidentiality protection – or what we have termed cybertools.

This solicitation invites proposals for ‘information infrastructure testbeds’, each of which would include the development of the next generation of cybertools applied to data from various sources collected in two areas of research fundamental to social and behavioral scientists: organizations and individuals. The tools that are developed on these platforms must not only change ways in which social and behavioral scientists research the behavior of organizations and individuals, but also serve sciences more broadly.”