Like most NRC boards, BOHSI and the committees under its oversight often assist funding agencies in developing research programs that will deliver the greatest societal benefit. This assistance can take the form of a review of the state of knowledge surrounding a particular issue, evaluation of an agency's activities, evaluation of an agency's research plan, and/or recommendations concerning significant research needs. Additionally, the Board's interdisciplinary positioning and high standing in academic circles allows committees to assemble diverse experts, both within their memberships and at workshops and events, in order to synthesize research in novel ways to address critical problems.
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) is a federal agency that supports research and development designed to improve the lives of persons with disabilities. The committee made recommendations as to how NIDRR could improve the quality of outputs through clarifying expectations and including bibliometric analysis as part of performance measurement. ? Read more
In 2009 the Office of Naval Research requested that the Board on Human-Systems Integration hold a workshop that would examine three of the critical issues associated with the military's use of sociocultural data for behavioral modeling: the types of data needed to provide the complete picture of the cultural terrain of a given region; the frameworks and databases in use by the military in analyses of sociocultural behavior; and the methods and tools that can be used to aggregate sociocultural data from disparate sources into a meaningful whole. ? Read more