How to Participate

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences seeks your help to identify important new directions for health-related behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR). Specifically, we request your input on research directions that will support the achievement of the scientific priorities in the OBSSR Strategic Plan and that will advance or transform the broader health impact of BSSR.

You can view ideas and comments from others without registering on the site.

You will need to register to submit ideas and to comment on ideas submitted by others.

Once you register, you will receive an automatic email confirmation, which will include a link to confirm your account and set up your password. Be sure to check your spam folder for this email notification if you don’t see it in your inbox. The email address with which you set up your account will serve as your user name when logging in to the site. Please note, anonymous registrants may not receive updates about the campaign unless they subscribe to OBSSR's newsletter.

If you are a member of another IdeaScale community, you can log in via your current account and you will need to select the Join this Community for OBSSR in order to participate in this community.


Search Ideas

Use the Search Ideas box to find other ideas that may be similar to yours. You can also use advanced search option (which pops up below the search bar once you click inside the search bar) to narrow your search criteria.


Vote on Ideas Submitted by Others

You can ‘Vote Up’ your favorite ideas by clicking the top arrow in the voting field.


Add to an Idea

See an idea you want to comment on? Add a comment by clicking on the Add Your Comment button above the submission.


Submit Your Own Ideas

You will need to register with IdeaScale or login with an existing IdeaScale, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Yahoo account to submit or respond to an idea.

When you register for an IdeaScale account, you will be asked to enter an email address during registration that will be used for confirmation. Follow the link in the confirmation email to create your personal password and profile settings.

When you are ready to submit an idea, click the Submit Idea button on the top right of the page. You will need to give your idea a title and provide a brief summary of your thoughts.


Receive Updates on Submissions

The system can automatically send you email notifications when someone replies to your idea. You can modify these notifications to get as many or as few messages as you choose.