Social Networks and Computational Social Science

Social Networks and Computational Social Science supports research in social science (anthropology, sociology, social psychology, etc.) for the study of social dynamics, human geography and human behavior relevant to Navy and Marine Corps missions. This program is pursuing research in big social changes that affect mission execution and success. Research in understanding important phenomena such as cyber-influence campaigns, the impact of climate change on human migration and human security concerns relevant to crisis response and humanitarian assistance are central thrusts in this program.

Supported work includes: 1) social science field work for better understanding social change, influence operations and human security concerns; 2) the development of new capabilities to improve military messaging, public relations and narratives; 3) capabilities to improve military and government responses to disasters and crises to include planning and fundamental work on emerging problems such as water security.

Research Concentration Areas

  • The development of improved understanding of cyber influence in the real world
  • Improving capabilities to combat disinformation, social hysteria propagation and group polarization in cyberspace and the real world
  • The impact of global climate change on human security concerns to improve humanitarian assistance/disaster relief operations

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Understanding social and cyber-social group behaviors in situations of conflict
  • Improving information flow in high tempo, high impact, multi-national disasters and humanitarian crises
  • Development of new capabilities for information environment assessment in dynamic information contests
  • Cyber conflict resolution and understanding the problem of influence, socially, psychologically and cross-culturally
  • Development of technologies, models and affordances for understanding the impact of global climate change on military missions in the future

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Rebecca Goolsby

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 341

Email for Questions: rebecca.goolsby@navy.mil


How to Submit

For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please see our Funding Opportunities page and refer to broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-22-S-B001.

  • Contracts: All white papers and full proposals for contracts must be submitted through FedConnect; instructions are included in the BAA.
  • Grants: All white papers for grants must be submitted through FedConnect, and full proposals for grants must be submitted through grants.gov; instructions are included in the BAA.

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