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 STEM Grant Opportunities for Community Colleges 

National Science Foundation Active Grant Solicitations

The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on preparing technicians for careers in high-tech fields that drive the nation’s economy. Grants support technician education and faculty professional development. A portion of ATE funds is available for colleges that have not received grants in the past 10 years; these grants provide $200,000 for up to three years. Larger grants are available for projects, centers and targeted research. The anticipated proposal deadline is October 9, 2014. Check the website for updated information.

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. Target date was February 4, 2014, however there is no deadline date and proposals submitted after this date may not be funded out of FY14.

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. Proposal deadline is  November 6, 2014.

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program supports efforts to increase the number of students who successfully complete high-quality degree programs in STEM disciplines. The program emphasizes transformative strategies and experiences for student groups that have historically been underrepresented in STEM disciplines. These groups include African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Pacific Islanders. Proposals are due October 17, 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 23, 2014. Proposals requiring access to Antarctica are due August 27, 2014.

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 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 next proposal deadline for S-STEM is August 12, 2014.

Other National Science Foundation Grant Opportunities

Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12) enables significant advances in preK-12 student and teacher learning. Projects must do one or more of the following: improve assessment; provide all students with opportunities; enhance teachers’ abilities; implement, scale and sustain innovations; or transform STEM learning through cyber-enhanced materials. Last proposal deadline was December 9, 2013. Check website for updated information.

The Math Science Partnership Program (MSP) awards grants to teams of educators (from community colleges, universities, and K-12 school systems) and community partners to improve K-12 students’ preparation for and participation in advanced mathematics and science courses. The program also supports math and science teacher preparation improvements. The solicitation is currently being revised. Check the website for updated information.

Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) will focus on science, engineering, and Education for sustainability (SEES) during fiscal years 2011 and 2012. The program endeavors to build strong research and education partnerships with foreign collaborators that promote research excellence, provide strong well-mentored international research experiences for U.S. students, and foster the internationalization of U.S. institutions in science and engineering. Last proposal deadline was May 15, 2012. Check the website for updated information.

Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) help build long-term collaborative partnerships among K-12 STEM teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community. Projects involve teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research and help them translate their research experiences into classroom activities. Partnerships with inner-city or other high-need schools are encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Last proposal deadline was October 7, 2013. Check the website for updated information.

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The program provides funds to institutions of higher education (with an extra $250K for partnerships with 2-year colleges) to support scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduate STEM majors and post-baccalaureate students holding STEM degrees who commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts. A component of the program supports STEM professionals who enroll as NSF Teaching Fellows in master’s degree programs leading to teacher certification by providing academic courses, professional development, and salary supplements while they are fulfilling a four-year teaching commitment in a high-need school district. This component also supports the development of NSF Master Teaching Fellows by providing professional development and salary supplements for exemplary math and science teachers to become Master Teachers in high-need school districts. Last proposal deadline was March 5, 2014. Check website for updated information.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion (STEP) seeks to increase the number of students in STEM by supporting programs at undergraduate institutions that improve the quality of student learning with new pedagogical approaches or innovative student support services. Last proposal deadline was December 3, 2013. Check website for updated information.

Transforming STEM Learning (TSL) is a cross-program solicitation that requires interdisciplinary teams of STEM experts and education specialists to conduct research on promising STEM education innovations or to pursue “bold experiments that challenge traditional patterns of STEM education.” Last proposal deadline was March 9, 2012Check the website for updated information.

Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) has replaced the Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program. To generate innovative STEM education developments, TUES focuses on creating learning materials and strategies, implementing new instructional strategies, developing faculty expertise, assessing student achievement and conducting research. The TUES solicitation is currently being revised and moving through the clearance process. Check the website for updated information.

Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC) seeks proposals that integrate the biological sciences, geosciences, engineering and social sciences in studies of water systems to enable new interdisciplinary paradigms in water research. Last proposal deadline was September 10, 2013. Check the website for updated information.

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