National Science Foundation Grant Solicitations
The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective STEM teachers that focus on technological education. The program invites research proposals that advance the knowledge base related to technician education. The proposal deadline is October 8, 2015.
Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) supports research by faculty at predominantly undergraduate institutions with grants for individual and collaborative research projects, the purchase of shared-use research instrumentation, and Research Opportunity Awards for work with NSF-supported investigators at other institutions. Full proposals are accepted anytime.
The Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) is challenging students enrolled in community colleges to propose innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based solutions to perplexing, real-world problems. An incentive: Teams submitting top ideas will receive professional coaching and cash prizes. The proposal deadline is January 15, 2015.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program stimulates technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small business concerns in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses. The SBIR program solicits proposals from the small business sector consistent with NSF's mission. The program is governed by Public Law 112-81 (SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011). SBIR policy is provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the SBA Policy Directive. A main purpose of the legislation is to stimulate technological innovation and increase private sector commercialization. The NSF SBIR program is therefore in a unique position to meet both the goals of NSF and the purpose of the SBIR legislation by transforming scientific discovery into both social and economic benefit, and by emphasizing private sector commercialization. The proposal deadline is December 2, 2015.
The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program recognizes that the preparation of the globally-competitive workforce, including future teachers, and a scientifically literate populace requires excellent STEM education, DUE supports the improvement of the undergraduate STEM education enterprise through funding research on design, development, and wide-spread implementation of effective STEM learning and teaching knowledge and practice, as well as foundational research on student learning. DUE supports projects that build on both fundamental research in undergraduate STEM education and prior research and development that provide theoretical and empirical justification for the proposed efforts. Proposals should describe projects that build on available evidence and theory, and that will generate evidence and build knowledge. The proposal deadline is January 15, 2015.
The Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program supports the development, implementation, testing, and scaling of programs that add breadth and depth to the skills of the STEM workforce. ITEST projects must include students and may include K-12 teachers. Robotics competitions and other initiatives to improve students' readiness for STEM disciplines are of particular interest. The most recent proposal deadline was November 6, 2014.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) involve students in ongoing research either at REU sites based on independent proposals or as supplements to ongoing NSF-funded research. The award pays a stipend and living expenses for students to engage in research, usually during the summer. Proposals are due May 22, 2015 and August 26, 2015.
The NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented, financially needy students, enabling them to enter the workforce following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate level degree in science and engineering disciplines. Grantee institutions are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and managing the S-STEM project at the institution. The most recent proposal deadline for S-STEM was August 12, 2014.