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Final Opportunity to Submit Research Ideas

Monday, February 19, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Deadline to Submit: March 16, 2018

Link to submit ideas:


National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Committee for the Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences for Applications to National Security (SBS Decadal Survey)

Dear Colleagues,


The NASEM SBS Decadal Survey, which launched on October 4, 2016, with a national summit on the social and behavioral sciences,  needs your help identifying promising research initiatives for the upcoming decade.


Reason for Request and Study Background:

The SBS Decadal Survey committee of experts was convened by NASEM’s Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences to conduct a survey of research in the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) that may offer opportunities for addressing key challenges in national security in the coming decade. Since the SBS Decadal Survey launched at the end of 2016, the committee has been gathering input from relevant research communities and allied professionals.  Although we have received input from several disciplines through requests for white papers, workshops,  and other activities, the committee feels it is important that interested researchers from all disciplines have an opportunity to make their voice heard.  It is important to note that this is the last opportunity that researchers will have to share ideas and suggestions with the committee before they begin deliberating and preparing a report with findings, conclusions, and recommendations for future research directions.  For more detailed information on the SBS Decadal Survey, please visit our website (


Information on Intelligence Analysis (from Intelligence Analysis for Tomorrow: Advances from the Behavioral and Social Sciences (NRC, 2011):

The primary mission of intelligence community (IC) is to reduce uncertainty and provide warning about potential threats to the national security of the United States, the safety of its citizens, and its interests around the world. Decision makers (e.g., at the White House, Capitol Hill, or the battlefield) rely on and require information and insights from IC analysts. Roughly 20,000 analysts work in the IC. This group includes both intelligence analysts (IAs) who work primarily with information obtained from a single source type (e.g., imagery, intercepted signals, clandestine human intelligence, diplomatic and attaché reporting,  “open source” or unclassified information) and IAs who routinely work with information obtained from many sources (all-source analysts). Although this distinction between analyses exists, all analysts must use information and insights from multiple sources. Analysts both drive collection of and receive huge—and rapidly increasing—amounts of information. The collectors include both technical systems and human intelligence officers who obtain, process, and disseminate “raw” intelligence. In recent years, the collection, information processing, storage, and retrieval capabilities of the IC have improved dramatically, but the ultimate value of all this information still depends on the capabilities of the analysts who receive it. They must consider new information against previous analyses, interpret and evaluate evidence, imagine hypotheses, identify anomalies, and communicate their findings to decision makers in ways that help them to fulfill their missions. 


Important points to remember:

  • This is the last opportunity researchers will have to share their ideas, before the committee begins deliberating and preparing a report with findings, conclusions and recommendations.
  • Previous work/research experience or knowledge of the intelligence community is not needed to submit ideas.
  • The SBS Decadal Survey is an unclassified study.
  • Input is sought from all relevant disciplines.
  • Link to submit ideas:
  • Link to SBS Decadal Survey:
  • To sign up for additional announcements, please email or the SBS Decadal Survey Study Director, Sujeeta Bhatt (

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