Build and Broaden 2.0: Enhancing Social, Behavioral and Economic Science Research and Capacity at Minority-Serving Institutions

Author: National Science Foundation
March 1, 2021


The goal of the SBE B2 2.0 funding opportunity is to encourage submission of proposals from MSIs, and partnerships with and among MSIs, in order to advance fundamental research and build capacity in the SBE sciences. NSF’s SBE directorate welcomes submission of proposals from MSIs, and from partnerships that include MSIs, that address any of the research areas supported by the directorate.
B2 2.0 is designed to support research projects that:

  • Build capacity and enhance research productivity in the SBE sciences at MSIs;
  • Provide researchers with new ways to diversify and sustain collaborations;
  • Foster partnerships that strengthen career and research trajectories for faculty at MSIs;
  • Contribute to stronger, more innovative science by diversifying research and widening the STEM pipeline

Supported projects are expected to yield results that will promote scientific progress; advance national health, prosperity and welfare; strengthen collaborative research initiatives involving MSI scholars and MSI institutions; and establish more robust training and research networks among researchers in the SBE sciences and across other disciplines that have similar interests.


Who May Serve as PI:
The Principal Investigator for a Build and Broaden 2.0 project must either be:

  • A full-time scientist, educator, or researcher at an accredited minority - serving institution (MSI) (Link to MSI definitions and eligibility information)
  • A full-time scientist, educator, or researcher at any eligible non-MSI institution or organization who includes an MSI scholar(s) as senior personnel, a co-PI, and/or subawardee PI on the proposal. In this case, the PI must clearly demonstrate how they will foster 4 research partnerships or capacity-building at the MSI as a primary goal of the proposed work. Proposals from Principal Investigators not based at MSIs must clearly demonstrate genuine collaboration and enrichment of the research capacity of the MSI scholar(s).

Anticipated Type of Award:

Continuing Grant or Standard Grant Estimated Number of Awards:

  • 25 to 30 Anticipated
  • Funding Amount: $5,000,000
    • Pending the availability of funds and quality of proposals
    • Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.


Deadlines: Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): March 05, 2021

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