Request for Proposals

 

The 2017 deadline for proposals is February 1st.

 

For 2017, we invite new proposals for cutting-edge interdisciplinary projects that push the boundaries between basic and applied research, making fundamental contributions to our understandings of human performance within real-world contexts. For more specific requirements and instructions, including deadlines and downloadable forms, please see our "Instructions & Forms" section.

For 2017, proposals should be aimed at fitting one of our annual topic areas, as defined below:

Topic A: Monitoring Individuals and Small Teams: Projects falling under this topic will focus on identifying, testing, evaluating, and validating innovative multi-modal (physiological, neurophysiological, behavioral, hormonal) sensor technologies and associated metrics for monitoring and characterizing cognitive and non-cognitive states such as frustration, mental workload, stress, readiness for problem solving, fear, uncertainty, adaptability, agility, and fatigue (cognitive and/or physical). Special emphasis will be placed on monitoring tools and techniques with validity for understanding cognition at the level of individuals and teams, and reliability under conditions of ambulation and immersion in virtual reality.

Topic B: Characterizing and Predicting Individual and Small Team Performance: Projects falling under this topic will focus on characterizing the range of internal (individual-level) and external (contextual-level) parameters responsible for guiding and constraining perception, cognition, and action during applied task performance. Parameters may include individual differences, nutritional status, availability of and/or reliance on support from robotic assets, task constraints and goals, and ongoing mental and affective states. Special emphasis will be placed on developing and populating predictive models (e.g., Bayesian) of individual and small-team situation awareness and decision making in the context of complex scenarios, chaotic events, and uncertainty, using existing and new data sources.

Topic C: Optimizing Individual and Small Team Performance: Projects falling under this topic will focus on identifying and validating innovative tools and techniques for sustaining and optimizing perception, cognition, and emotion in the face of chaos and uncertainty during applied task performance. Tools and techniques may include identifying and developing successful long-term strategies to promote emotion regulation and learning, and acute strategies to promote adaptability and confidence via techniques such as neurostimulation and nutritional supplementation. Optimization tools may also include support from autonomous or augmented reality systems. Special emphasis will be placed on optimization tools and techniques with reliability or the potential for reliability in a variety of contexts, including the classroom and under conditions of ambulation and immersion in virtual reality.