National Social Science Initiative
Sea Grant's Social Science National Strategic Initiative (NSI) aims to improve our understanding of integrated social, economic, and environmental systems in our Nation's coastal areas. Sea Grant defines Social Science research as the process of describing, explaining, and predicting human behavior as practiced by individuals and groups.
The Sea Grant Network has greatly expanded its social science research portfolio over the past four years. The number of Sea Grant social science research projects and the number of programs funding them both increased by about 50% between 2010 and 2012 and federal funding nearly tripled. In 2012-2013, 28 programs funded 67 social science projects at nearly $6M. Additionally, Sea Grant programs are increasing their social science capacity through hiring social scientists.
Sea Grant will continue to use its uniquely embedded role in the community to further integrate social science and natural science research to improve coastal and Great Lakes planning and resource management. For additional information about the NSI, Sea Grant programs should look at the Social Science NSI Frequently Asked Questions.