SciSIP Central

Science of Science and Innovation Policy Program

The National Science Foundation’s Science of Science and Innovation Policy Program supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. Research funded by the program thus develops, improves and expands models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process.  The SciSIP program invites the participation of researchers from all of the social, behavioral and economic sciences as well as those working in domain-specific applications such as chemistry, biology, physics, or nanotechnology. The program welcomes proposals for individual or multi-investigator research projects, doctoral dissertation improvement awards, conferences, workshops, symposia, experimental research, data collection and dissemination, computer equipment and other instrumentation, and research experience for undergraduates.

Program Origins and Activities

NSF’s SciSIP program was launched in the Fall of 2006.  Following U.S. Science Advisor John Marburger, III’s speech articulating the need for a science of science policy, the Foundation’s Directorate of Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) launched a process of bottom-up discussion designed to engage the broader scholarly community and articulate goals for the new discipline.  Each of the Directorate’s three divisions – Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Social and Economic Sciences (SES), and Science Resource Statistics (SRS, now the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, NCSES) – convened a workshop to address needs and opportunities for research during the Spring and Summer of 2006.  You can read these reports at:

Building on the reports of these workshops the Directorate articulated three goals for the new program: (1) to develop usable knowledge and theories of creative processes and their transformation into social and economic outcomes, (2) improve and expand science metrics, datasets, and analytical tools, and (3) develop a community of experts across the federal government, industry and universities focused on SciSIP. 

The program issued its first solicitation for research proposals in February 2007 and made an initial round of 19 awards in August 2007.  By now the program has made close to 200 awards.   Information about recent awards can also be found here.

Since it’s establishment, the program has supported a number of conferences of SciSIP funded investigators.  In 2009, AAAS convened a workshop “toward a community of practice”, and in 2010 it convened a second workshop “Building a Community of Practice II".  To mark the Program’s fifth anniversary, a Principal Investigator’s Conference was organized under the Auspices of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science.

SciSIP Awards

The Award Descriptions page of this website allows you to view, sort and search individual awards made by the SciSIP program. In addition the program has periodically compiled classified lists of awards. You may view these lists by following the links below.


2013 | 2011 & 2012
2010 | 2009 | 2008