Researchers across the computational, social, behavioral and economic sciences are encouraged to submit collaborative proposals to the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research solicitation by March 23, 2021.
The U.S. National Science Foundation’s “Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier” is one of ten transformative “big ideas” supporting bold, long-term research at the frontiers of science and engineering. The effort takes a multidisciplinary approach by supporting research at the intersection of people, society and technology, and aims to increase opportunities for workers and spur innovations that benefit the U.S. economy. It is a collaborative effort with NSF’s directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Education and Human Resources, and Engineering.
“Researchers in the social, behavioral and economic sciences play an essential role in understanding and anticipating a vast array of issues that impact the effective development of future workplace activities and technologies,” says NSF Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division Director Marc Sebrechts, “We urge our scientific community to come together with their colleagues in other disciplines to develop research proposals that focus on understanding the future of work in ways that will benefit individuals and neighborhoods across the U.S.”
Proposals should describe multi-disciplinary research investigating the evolving technological, human and societal aspects of work. Proposed technological innovations should be integrated with advances in other areas such as behavioral and social sciences, computer science, economic science, engineering and learning sciences. Proposals must also address inclusion and equity in a meaningful way, including potential inequalities in future workplaces and occupations, and methods for mitigation such as new approaches to learning or technologies that support accessibility and inclusion.
For full details and guidance on award types, amounts and other questions, see Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research (FW-HTF).