Over $1M

NSF – Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

Date Due: 11/07/18, 11/06/19

Amount: various from $150,000 for one year to up to $5M for up to 5 years

Summary: The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments for public and professional audiences; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants (National Resource Council, 2012). To achieve the greatest return on its investments, the AISL program encourages projects that will “raise the bar” in the fields of informal STEM education. It invests in projects that advance the leading edge of the field and address its most critical challenges

Keywords: STEM, education, innovation

Solicitation number: 17-573

Limitations: Individual and instituiton can be lead on no more than 3 proposals

URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17573/nsf17573.htm

NSF – Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs

Date Due: 09/27/17,medium and large, annually thereafter; 11/15/17, small, annually thereafter

Amount: large: $1.2 to $3 million up to 5 years; medium: $500,0001 to $1.2 million up to 4 years; up to $500,000 total budget up to 3 years

Summary: The CSR core supports and sustains progress in the contributing disciplinary areas that underlie computing systems including: distributed systems; pervasive and high-performance computing; operating systems and middleware; design and programming models; and real-time, embedded, and hybrid systems. Highlighted areas include: embedded and real-time systems (ERS), edge computing (EC), extensible distributed Systems (EDS), and Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS).

Keywords: information

Solicitation number: PD 17-570

~09/27/17,medium and large, annually thereafter; 11/15/17, small, annually thereafter

URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17570/nsf17570.htm

NSF-USDA Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water – not yet announced for 2018

Date Due: 03/06/17

Amount: $2,500,000

Summary: The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary and convergent research to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus (integrating all three components rather than addressing them separately), in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. The NSF INFEWS initiative is designed to attain the following goals:

  • Significantly advance our understanding of the food-energy-water system through quantitative, predictive and computational modeling, including support for relevant cyberinfrastructure;
  • Develop real-time, cyber-enabled interfaces that improve understanding of the behavior of FEW systems and increase decision support capability;
  • Enable research that will lead to innovative solutions to critical FEW systems problems; and
  • Grow the scientific workforce capable of studying and managing the FEW system, through education and other professional development opportunities.

The INFEWS call has 3 tracks (the 4th track from last year has been cancelled) (see the RFP for additional information):

  1. FEW System Modeling
  2. Visualization and Decision Support for Cyber-Human-Physical Systems at the FEW Nexus, and
  3. Research to Enable Innovative Solutions

Keywords: food, energy, water, cyber

Limitations: An individual PI, co-PI, senior personnel or consultant cannot be on more than two proposals, cannot be on more than one proposal per track, can be a lead PI on only one proposal.

Solicitation Number: NSF 17-530

URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17530/nsf17530.htm  

NSF — Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

Date Due: 09/05/17, 2nd Wednesday in August annually thereafter

Amount:up to $400,000 (Exploratory, up to 2 years), up to $1.2M (Strategies, up to 3 years), up to $2M (Successful Project Expansion and Dissemination, 3 to 5 years)

Summary: As the nation continues to expand the horizon of opportunities and possibilities through advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the need for a more diverse and well-prepared STEM workforce is also expanding1. The challenge of preparing citizens for the expanding workforce and the changing workplace environments calls for new innovations in STEM education2. ITEST is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors. ITEST projects may adopt an interdisciplinary focus that includes multiple STEM disciplines, focus on a single discipline, or focus on one or more sub-disciplines. The ITEST program supports projects that provide evidence for factors, instructional designs, and practices in formal and informal learning environments that broaden participation of students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. Projects that actively engage business and industry partners to better ensure that PreK-12 experiences foster the knowledge and skill-sets needed for emerging STEM occupations are strongly encouraged.

Keywords: technology, innovation, engineering, STEM, education

Limitations: An individual may serve as the PI for no more than one ITEST proposal during any given funding period.

Solicitation number: 17-565

~Due date is 09/05/17, 2nd Wednesday in August annually thereafter

URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17565/nsf17565.htm

NSF — Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

Date Due: 12/08/17 2nd Friday in December annually thereafter

Amount: $1,750,000 to $2,000,000

Summary: The AGEP program goal is to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority faculty, in specific STEM disciplines and STEM education research fields, by advancing knowledge about pathways to career success.

The program objectives include: To support the development, implementation and study of innovative models of doctoral education, postdoctoral training, and faculty advancement for historically underrepresented minorities in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields; and to advance knowledge about the underlying issues, policies and practices that have an impact on the participation, transitions and advancement of historically underrepresented minorities in the STEM academy.

The AGEP Transformation Alliance projects are collaborative research projects representing new strategic alliances of institutions and organizations to develop, implement, and study evidence-based models to transform doctoral education, postdoctoral training, and faculty advancement for historically underrepresented minorities in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields. Embedded social science and education research contributes to the knowledge base about how transformational models eliminate or mitigate negative factors and promote positive policies and practices for historically underrepresented minorities.

Keywords: STEM, career, interdisciplinary, education

Notes: Needs 3-4 awardee organizations collaborating in each Alliance

Limitations: none

Solicitation number: 16-552

~Amount is $1,750,000 to $2,000,000 over 42 to 60 months

~Due date  is 12/08/17, 2nd Friday in December annually thereafter

URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16552/nsf16552.htm

NSF — Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)

Date Due: 11/14/17, 11/14/18, 2nd Wednesday in November annually thereafter

Amount: Level 1: $450,000 for up to 3 years, Level 2: $3,000,000 for up to 4 years; Level 3: $5,000,000 up to 5 years

Summary: DRK-12 invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK 12 teaching and learning.

The DRK-12 program has three major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; and (3) Teaching.  The program recognizes the synergy among the three strands and that there is some overlap among them. However, PIs should identify a clear focus of the proposed research efforts (i.e., assessment, learning, or teaching) consistent with the proposal’s main objectives and research questions.

The program supports five types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, and (5) Conferences and Syntheses.  All five types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 strands.

Keywords: STEM, education, students, innovation

Solicitation number: 17-584

~Amount is Level 1: $450,000 for up to 3 years, Level 2: $3,000,000 for up to 4 years; Level 3: $5,000,000 up to 5 years

~Due date is 12/05/17, first Monday in December annually thereafter

URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17584/nsf17584.htm

NSF – ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) –LIMITED SUBMISSION

Date Due: 08/09/17 (LOI) 2nd Wednesday in August every other year, 12/12/18 (LOI) 2nd Wednesday in December every other year,

Amount: Not Specified

Summary: The ADVANCE program is designed to address gender equity through the identification and elimination of organizational barriers that impede the full participation and advancement of women in academic institutions.

Proposals should identify key barriers to gender equity, recognizing that these may exist in multiple forms (e.g., in policy, practice, culture, and climate) and design or adapt strategies to address these barriers. Because the experiences of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) academic careers may be influenced by many characteristics in addition to gender, all ADVANCE proposals are expected to take this into account in proposal design, research, evaluation, and data (see additional review criteria). These characteristics might include race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability status, foreign-born and foreign-trained status, and faculty appointment type, and/or other characteristics relevant to the systemic gender equity issues to be addressed in the ADVANCE proposal.

ADVANCE projects require multidisciplinary teams with a range of expertise to conceptualize, implement, and evaluate the project. The team of principal investigators is expected to be representative of the theoretical, methodological and contextual expertise necessary based on the proposed project activities, research, and evaluation.

Keywords: STEM, academia, gender equality

Limitations: 1 per organization

Solicitation: 16-594

~Amount is Institutional Transformation: $3,000,000 over 5 years; Adaptation: $1,000,000 over 3 years; Partnership: $1,000,000 for 3 to 5 years

~Due date is 12/13/17 (LOI), 2nd Wednesday in December, even years thereafter; 02/15/17 ASU Limited Submission; 08/09/17 (LOI) 2nd Wednesday in August, odd years thereafter; 04/12/17 (prelim), 2nd Wednesday in April, even years thereafter – see call for full proposal deadlines

URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16594/nsf16594.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click


NSF – Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH)

Date Due: 11/21/17

Amount: Large: $500,000 to $1,800,000 for 2 to 5 years; $150,000 to $500,000 for 2 to 5 years

Summary: The Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program supports interdisciplinary research that examines human and natural system processes and the complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales.

Research projects to be supported by CNH must include analyses of four different components:  (1) the dynamics of a natural system; (2) the dynamics of a human system; (3) the processes through which the natural system affects the human system; and (4) the processes through which the human system affects the natural system.

CNH also supports research coordination networks (CNH-RCNs) designed to facilitate activities that promote future research by broad research communities that will include all four components necessary for CNH funding.

Keywords: human, nature, system

Notes: Two types: Large: larger in scope (20 pages); Small: smaller in scope, with fewer study sites (15 pages)

Solicitation number: 14-601

~Amount is Large: $500,000 to $1,800,000 for 2 to 5 years; $150,000 to $500,000 for 2 to 5 years

~Due date is 11/21/17, third Tuesday in November annually thereafter

URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14601/nsf14601.htm

NSF– Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS)

(IOS)Date Due: 01/19/18 (preliminary); 08/03/18 (full, by invitation)

Amount: $3,000,000, average around $250,000

Summary: The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) supports research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties. Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, and function, physiological processes, functional morphology, symbioses, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, and animal behavior. Proposals are welcomed in all of the core scientific program areas supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems. All investigator-initiated proposals submitted to this solicitation must be invited based on merit review of preliminary proposals.

Keywords: biology

Limitations: No more than two preliminary proposals as PI or Co-PI per year.

Solicitation number: 17-508

~Amount is EDGE: $3,000,000 for up to three years

URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17508/nsf17508.htm

NSF – Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology (SGP)

Date Due: Open

Amount: $7,400,000 for 20 to 30 proposals

Summary: Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology supports studies of:

(1) the changing aspects of life, ecology, environments, and biogeography in geologic time based on fossil organisms

(2) all aspects of the Earth’s sedimentary lithosphere – its insights into the geological processes and rich organic and inorganic resources locked in rock sequences

(3) the science of dating and measuring the sequence of events and rates of geological processes as manifested in Earth’s past sedimentary and biological (fossil) record

(4) the geologic record of the production, transportation, and deposition of modern and ancient physical and chemical sediments

(5) understanding Earth’s deep-time (pre-Holocene) climate systems.

Keywords: sediments, Paleobiology, geologic time

Limitations: Proposals that have been declined are not eligible for resubmission for one year from the original date of submission and must be substantially revised to be considered.

Solicitation number: 17-536

~Amount is $7,400,000 for 20 to 30 proposals; average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds and the quality of proposals

URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17536/nsf17536.htm