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 — 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 — Science, Technology, and Society (STS)

Date Due: 08/03/18, annually thereafter; 02/02/18, annually thereafter

Amount: $400,000

Summary: STS research focuses on the intellectual, material, and social facets of STEM. Such research endeavors to understand how scientific knowledge is produced and sanctioned, and how it is challenged and changes. It explores broader societal ramifications and underlying presuppositions. STS research studies how materials, devices, and techniques are designed and developed; how and by whom they are diffused, used, adapted, and rejected; how they are affected by social and cultural environments; and how they influence quality of life, culture, and society. STS research explores how socio-cultural values are embedded in science and technology, and how issues of governance and equity co-evolve with the development and use of scientific knowledge and technological artifacts. The STS program supports proposals across the broad spectrum of STS research areas, topics, and approaches. Examples include, but are by no means limited to:

1. Societal aspects of emerging high-tech technologies and low-tech technologies.

2. Issues relating to equity, ethics, governance, sustainability, public engagement, user-centeredness, and inclusiveness.

3. Integration of traditional STS approaches with innovative perspectives from the arts or humanities.

4. Ethical, policy, and cultural issues regarding big data, surveillance and privacy in an increasingly networked world, and

5. The science of broadening participation in STEM disciplines.

~ Amount is $400,000 (total direct costs) over 2 to 3 years

Keywords: STEM, technology, humanities

Solicitation number: 15-506

Limitations: Pre-proposals: No more than two in a year as PI, co-PI or PI of a subaward

URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15506/nsf15506.htm