Limited Submission: Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE)

01/09/2013, 5:00 PM

To: All Faculty in the Colleges of Natural Science and Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Schools of Engineering and Public Health and Health Sciences (please forward as appropriate)


The following is a limited submission opportunity with only one proposal allowed per institution. If you are interested please email me by January 9, 2013.


Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE)

Program Description:

The Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) program aims to deepen the understanding of ethical dilemmas in science and engineering, and provide cutting edge, effective research and educational materials to train the next generation of scientists and engineers. The EESE program accepts proposals for innovative research and educational projects to improve ethics education in all of the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports, including within interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and international contexts. Proposals must focus on improving ethics education for graduate students in those fields or on developing summer postbaccalaureate ethics-education activities or other activities that transition students from undergraduate to graduate education. The Principal Investigator team should be truly multi-disciplinary, and involve people with different disciplinary backgrounds.

The program will entertain proposals in graduate ethics education in science and engineering generally and will continue to support exploration of new ethical questions in engineering, biology, computer science, and other fields. Priority areas include but are not limited to:

·         global/international challenges in science and engineering ethics; a general framework for the ethics of emerging technologies; issues of privacy and confidentiality in relation to data mining;
·         fields for which there are few resources in ethics education or research;
·         ethical issues related to robotics;
·         intersection of the choices that society makes between natural resource development and utilization (e.g., energy sources)
·         and environmental consequences;
·         ethical issues associated with natural hazards, risk management, decision-making and the role of scientists in defining and negotiating the consequences of natural hazards in the face of scientific uncertainties.

Proposals should contribute to a theory of ethics education in science and engineering-one that addresses the individual motivators, societal incentives, and cultural beliefs that lead to ethical dilemmas. Many forms of expertise (e.g. philosophy, social science, engineering, life sciences) have contributed to the study of ethics in science and engineering. This diverse and often separate research provides an important empirical base that researchers can use to develop a theoretical approach to ethics education. The EESE program welcomes proposals that aim to contribute to theory building as part of the proposed research or education project.

Sponsor Deadline:
March 1, 2013