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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
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Call for Input from the Scientific Community

Share your research ideas on our IdeaBuzz Challenge website

October 2017 to March 2018

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 As part of the outreach and information gathering requirement, the SBS Decadal Survey will examine scientific opportunities suggested by members of the research community.

The committee will review a broad range of input (including ideas submitted through the
first and second call for white papers and IdeaBuzz) and develop an agenda for research in and across disciplines that could enhance fundamental knowledge and benefit society in many ways. The committee will issue a public report with its conclusions and recommendations in 2019. All work will be conducted at the unclassified level.

Share your ideas on our
“Idea-Buzz” challenge website—a discussion platform where you will be asked to post your perspectives and ideas for innovative scientific approaches and research concepts. The platform is simple to use and allows contributors to see and comment on all ideas contributed. Readers also can vote for the ideas they like. IN ADDITION, the study is seeking short “white papers” describing a research idea in greater detail. White papers can be submitted through the Idea-Buzz platform, where others can view and comment on them.

We recognize the limited exposure most scientists have to the work of intelligence analysis. Therefore, the focus of this call for information is to identify cutting edge research (and not the implementation of the research) that with support, might improve intelligence analysis within the next 10 years. Ideas are welcome in a broad range of research areas. Ideas may address the following, but are not limited to these areas:
  • Monitoring and measuring events and phenomena in different societies/cultures related to international and national security
  • Using knowledge from research to anticipate tipping points and threats relevant to national security
  • Understanding societal changes and their impact on the intelligence community’s analytic responsibilities
  • Building analytic skill sets (i.e., workforce development, training, human-technology interactions)
  • Developing decision supports
  • Communicating research knowledge, analyses, and uncertainties between different audiences

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