Social Science 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 since 2010. The number of Sea Grant social science research projects and the number of programs funding them both increased by about half and federal funding nearly tripled. In the 2014-2015 research cycle, 29 programs funded 59 research projects. 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.