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 STEM Grant Opportunities for Community Colleges 

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 6, 2016.

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) is an umbrella for two complementary subprograms, Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) and Building Innovation Capacity (BIC). Overall, the PFI program offers opportunities to connect new knowledge to societal benefit through translational research efforts and/or partnerships that encourage, enhance and accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship. The PFI: AIR-TT solicitation serves as an early opportunity to move previously NSF-funded research results with promising commercial potential along the path toward commercialization. Projects are supported to demonstrate proof-of-concept, prototype, or scale-up while engaging faculty and students in entrepreneurial/innovative thinking. Eligible applicants include universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. The deadline for the letter of intent is September 8, 2016. The deadline for the full proposal is October 11, 2016.

Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers and community college and university faculty and students to bring knowledge of engineering or computer and information science and engineering as well as technological innovation to pre-college/community college classrooms. The goal of these partnerships is to enable K-12 STEM teachers and community college faculty to translate their research experiences and new knowledge gained in university settings into their classroom activities. The proposal deadline is November 1, 2016.

The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE: EHR) program invites proposals that address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures (e.g. organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, cyberlearning, etc.) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. The IUSE: EHR program recognizes and respects the variety of discipline-specific challenges and opportunities facing STEM faculty as they strive to incorporate results from educational research into classroom practice and work with education research colleagues and social science learning scholars to advance our understanding of effective teaching and learning. Toward these ends the program features two tracks: (1) Engaged Student Learning and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation. Two tiers of projects exist within each track: (i) Exploration and Design and (ii) Development and ImplementationThe proposal deadline for Development and Implementation is January 13, 2016. The proposal deadline for Exploration and Design is November 2, 2016

The Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity Program (PFI: BIC) supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team collaborating with a least one industry partner.  PFI-BIC is designed to carry out research to advance, adapt, and integrate technology into a specified, human-centered smart service system, with the goal of achieving transformational benefits, satisfying a real need by making an existing service system smart(er), or by spurring the creation of an entirely new smart service system. There is a heavy emphasis on the quality, composition, and participation of the partners, including their appropriate contributions. These partnerships should focus on the integration of technologies into a specified human-centered service system and community colleges are eligible to apply. Click here for more information. Applications are due by November 19, 2016. 


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