Decadal surveys are a signature type of study conducted through the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with a rich history of success in the physical sciences. These surveys gather ideas and feedback from the research community in order to develop a plan that shapes future research initiatives. This new project will carry out a decadal survey on the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) in areas relevant to national security. The survey will identify opportunities that are poised to contribute significantly to the intelligence community's analytic responsibilities. See below for the full statement of task. This project kicked-off with a national summit that was held on October 4-5, 2016. Visit our Summit webpage to learn more about the Summit and view an archived webcast of the event.
|Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Applications to National Security|
Paul R. Sackett
, University of Minnesota (Committee Chair)Joseph Arvai
, The University of MichiganGary G. Berntson
, The Ohio State UniversityKathleen Carley
, Carnegie Mellon UniversityNoshir Contractor
, Northwestern UniversityNancy Cooke
, Arizona State UniversityBarbara A. Dosher
(NAS*), University of California, IrvineMauro F. Guillen
, University of PennsylvaniaJeffrey Johnson
, University of FloridaSallie Keller
, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityDavid Matsumoto
, San Francisco State UniversityCarmen Medina
, MedinAnalytics, LLCFran Moore
, FPM Consulting, LLCJonathan Moreno
(NAM*), University of PennsylvaniaJoy Rohde
, University of MichiganJeffrey Taliaferro
, Tufts UniversityGregory Treverton
, Former Chairman of the National Intelligence CouncilJeremy Wolfe
, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
*NAS = National Academy of Sciences
*NAM = National Academy of Medicine
Second Call for White Papers
The present call for white papers is one part of the process to develop a research agenda that can be used to guide investment decisions and application efforts in national security over the next 10 years. The information gathered from these white papers will be used solely to inform this project and the work of the committee. The committee will review white paper contributions to plan its fall and winter workshops to be held at the National Academies, to plan other information gathering activities, and to guide its deliberations. Responses are requested by June 12, 2017 to ensure that all papers are available for the committee's second meeting at the end of June. Please direct all questions to Julie Schuck at JSchuck@nas.edu or 202-334-3379. To submit a white paper, or to view white papers submitted by others, please click here.
To view papers that were submitted in response to our first call for white papers, please click here. We want to hear from you:
- Share research we should know about.
- Participate in requests for white papers.
- Look for us in town halls and conferences featuring the social and behavioral sciences.
- Sign up to receive updates on the project.
If you would like to receive program updates, please contact us at SBSDecadalSurvey@nas.edu. We also welcome you to monitor this website as updates will be posted regularly. Statement of Task
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will carry out a decadal survey on the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) in areas relevant to national security. An ad hoc committee will be appointed to conduct the survey with the goal of identifying opportunities that are poised to contribute significantly to the intelligence community’s analytic responsibilities. The study will identify opportunities throughout the social sciences (e.g., sociology, demography, political science, economics, anthropology) and from behavioral sciences (e.g. psychology, cognition, neuroscience). The committee will work with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and security community members to understand government needs and expectations. The final consensus report will be based on the committee's consideration of broad national security priorities; relevant capabilities of elements within the security community to support and apply findings from social and behavioral science; cost and technical readiness; likely growth of research programs; emerging data, procedures, personnel, and other resources; and opportunities to leverage related research activities not directly supported by government. The committee will specify a range of relevant work that could be useful to the intelligence community for their consideration in developing future research priorities.
The committee's primary tasks will be:
- Assess progress in addressing selected major social and behavioral scientific challenges that might prove useful to national security. Include discussion of approaches that are gaining strength and those that are losing strength. Where possible, rely on published meta-analyses.
- Identify SBS opportunities that can be used to guide security community investment decisions and application efforts over the next 10 years.
- Specify approaches to facilitate productive interchange between the security community and the external social science research community.
The survey will engage members of the SBS community to generate ideas for research that may benefit national security now and in the ensuing decade. The total project duration will be 36 months from summer 2016 to summer 2019. The committee’s final report will be available to the public. All work will be conducted at the unclassified level. The work is overseen by the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS), part of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) of the National Academies.
June 12, 2017, Deadline to submit a white paper. To submit a white paper, please click here.
June 27-28, 2017, Second Committee Meeting (Woods Hole, MA)
October 11-13, 2017, Third meeting and THREE public workshops (topics TBD), (Washington, DC)
January 24-26, 2018, Fourth meeting and THREE public workshops (topics TBD), (Washington, DC)
March 26-27, 2018, Fifth Committee Meeting (Location TBD)
June 6-7, 2018, Sixth Committee Meeting, (Location TBD)
April 13, 2017, Washington, DC - Board Director presented at Spring ICSB Meeting.
January 12, 2017, Washington, DC - Study Director presented at Winter ICSB Meeting.
October 20, 2016, Washington, DC – Study Director presented at Annual NISTC Meeting. October 19, 2016, Washington, DC – Study Director presented at Inaugural ICSB Meeting.
In the News
Sujeeta Bhatt, Study Director
Alexandra Beatty, Senior Program Officer
Julie Schuck, Program Officer
Liz Townsend, Research Associate
Thelma Cox, Program Coordinator
Hannah During, Sr. Program Assistant
Renée L. Wilson Gaines, Sr. Program Assistant
Barbara Wanchisen, Sr. Board Director
Alan Shaw, Board Director
November 3, 2016 - Identifying and Understanding Emerging Breakthroughs in Science Technology
May 9, 2016 - New Models for Socio-Political Systems
October 7, 2015 - Novel Materials
June 10, 2015 - Novel Power Sources
Office of the Director of National Intelligence