Vision, Mission, History

Our Vision

The Social & Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium (SBSRC) is inspired by a vision of the University of Nebraska’s premier excellence in social behavioral sciences research, characterized by highly visible, well-funded, coordinated, transdisciplinary research that solves vital societal problems.

Our Mission

The mission of Social & Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium (SBSRC) is to foster and catalyze the growth, excellence, and broader impacts of social and behavioral sciences research conducted in disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts at any level (local to international). In pursuit of our mission, we support and coordinate referral networks and inventories of existing resources, identify gaps and strategies for enhancing research capacities, identify research and funding opportunities, build and nurture interdisciplinary research collaborations, and provide research mentoring and training opportunities for faculty and graduate students.

Dan Hoyt presentation

Our History

The consortium is the product of the faculty-led Social & Behavioral Sciences Research Initiative (SBSRI), launched in 2012 by the Office of Research and Economic Development to explore ways to bolster research in this area. The SBSRI Taskforce produced a report that is the blueprint for the consortium’s mission and plans. As recommended in the report, the Survey, Statistics and Psychometrics Core Facility (SSP) was subsumed and currently operates the same functions as part of Social & Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium (SBSRC).

Click here for the SBSRI Task Force Report