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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
 Assessing the Minerva Research Initiative and the Contribution of Social Science to Addressing Security Concerns
 The Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS) is pleased to announce a new project funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) to assess the Minerva Research Initiative (MRI). The MRI is a DoD-sponsored, university-based social science research program that encourages basic social science research to improve DoD’s understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape the world. The committee will be tasked to address: (1) quality and impact of the program, (2) processes and procedures that may affect the success of the program, and (3) direction and vision based on the challenges of the world today. View the full statement of work.

Call for Nominations—Expertise Needed

Committee selection is critical to the success of National Academies’ projects. Committee members must be well-respected in their specified fields of study and work and have a broad understanding of the domains relevant to the charge. The National Academies is committed to the full participation of women, persons with disabilities, and under-represented minorities in all phases of its work.

The DEADLINE to submit nominations is Monday, October 11, 2017.

The committee will be composed of up to 15 experts in such areas as:
• program review and evaluation
• science funding
• social science research
• journal publication requirements
• academic rigor
• survey methods.

Your assistance in identifying potential committee members especially from these groups is greatly appreciated. 

Submit your nomination

Staff Information

Krisztina Marton, Study Director
Jeanne Rivard, Senior Program Officer
Anthony Mann, Program Associate




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