ITEST Proposal Development Course - Registration Now Open

Friday, June 29, 2018

Are you designing or implementing a program that impacts
PreK-12 students’ future in STEM?

Are you interested in applying for NSF funds to support
the research and development of this program?

Are you new to proposal writing?

Register for the ITEST Proposal Development Course! 

What is the course?  

Back by popular demand - the ITEST Proposal Development Course is now open to the public.

The ITEST Proposal Development Course, hosted and facilitated by the STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center, is a self-paced online course in which novice NSF proposal writers will develop a full NSF proposal for the ITEST program, to be submitted for the August 8, 2018 solicitation deadline.

The course covers the critical components of developing a successful NSF ITEST proposal including; forming partnerships, writing a compelling narrative, developing research and evaluation designs that are well-aligned and impactful, planning for fruitful dissemination, preparing a budget, and finally, submitting the proposal to NSF.

Who should take the course?

The course best serves individuals who:

  • Have not yet submitted a successful NSF proposal 
  • Have a proposal idea that aligns with the goals and expectations of the ITEST Program
    • Research and development of PreK-12 programs that promote awareness of STEM careers, build skills to prepare for STEM careers, and provide technology-rich experiences  (see ITEST Solicitation 17-565 for further details) 
  • Plan to submit an NSF ITEST proposal due on August 8, 2018 

In addition, the ITEST Program and STELAR Center are committed to broadening the participation of the ITEST community to individuals from organizations and communities not currently represented in the ITEST portfolio.

How do I sign up?

  1. Click the “Sign up” button below 
  2. Complete the online registration form 
  3. Once you’ve completed the online registration form you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to create an account and enroll in the ITEST Proposal Development Course
Sign up for the ITEST Proposal Development Course

Feedback from previous course participants: 

On how the course made a difference:
“After meeting several professionals and having access to materials, diverse ideas, and contributions from individuals during this course, I am very confident in proposal development and in how to make a broader impact in my future projects.  It also helped me to connect with diverse professionals who are interested or doing great work in ITEST. Overall this course was a magnificent opportunity for me to develop intellectual merit in proposal writing.”
Strongest takeaway from the course:
“The proposal writing process is quite extensive and requires lots of planning, support, and … experience.”
General feedback on the course:
“I really appreciated how the modules took you step-by-step through a proposal. It helped me understand the micro steps within each proposal section, the kinds of questions I should be thinking about, and the kinds of resources I can pull on to develop this section of the proposal.”  

About the ITEST Program: 

The NSF ITEST Program is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (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.

About STELAR: 

The mission of STELAR is to build capacity and magnify the results of ITEST projects to deepen the impact of the ITEST program.  

  • We facilitate ITEST projects’ success in developing and articulating innovative models for STEM learning environments. 
  • We synthesize and disseminate ITEST projects’ findings nationally. 
  • We conduct outreach to broaden participation in the ITEST community of practice.

Whether you are implementing a project, submitting a proposal for funding, or looking to connect with other STEM education and workforce stakeholders nationally, there are multiple ways in which STELAR can assist you.  

Questions? Please feel free to contact the STELAR Team at stelar [at] edc [dot] org (subject: Proposal%20Development%20Course) (stelar [at] edc [dot] org)

View this invitation online HERE

NSF ITEST Solicitation Webinar

Event date(s): Thursday, June 20, 2019

Find out what's new in the new solicitation.

Join STELAR Thursday, June 20 at 3 pm ET as we host National Science Foundation Program Officers Alejandra Sorto and Amy Wilson-Lopez for an informative webinar on the newly-released 2019 Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program Solicitation (NSF 19-583).

During the webinar Program Officers will review the goals of the ITEST program, detail the revisions made to the 2019 solicitation, and provide guidance on developing a successful submission. 

Ample time will be provided to respond to participants' questions, and attendance is highly encouraged. 

To submit your questions in advance, email us at STELAR [at] edc [dot] org

Register Now

Contact the team at stelar [at] edc [dot] orgQuestions?

The STELAR Center

NSF Webinar: Writing Successful NSF ITEST Annual Reports (1-2 pm CT)

Event date(s): Friday, June 15, 2018

This webinar will offer guidance to ITEST PIs and evaluators on writing successful and useful NSF ITEST annual reports. During the webinar ITEST Program Officer Robert Russell will share key information and insights on what should be covered in reports, and address questions posed by attendees.


Join us June 15, 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time (1:00pm-2:00pm Central Time)


Register for this event: 

EHR Broadening Participation in STEM Webinar (12-2:30 pm CT)

Event date(s): Thursday, June 14, 2018

The National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) is hosting a FREE Webinar on June 14, 2018 from 1:00-3:30 pm ET (12:00-2:30 pm CT).

NSF Program Officers and Staff will highlight current funding opportunities available at NSF targeting underrepresented groups in STEM and Minority Serving Institutions. Funding opportunities for programs like NSF INCLUDES, ADVANCE, LifeSTEM, IUSE, ITEST, GRFP and many others will be highlighted. Representatives from all four divisions in EHR will be represented.

·         Division of Research on Learning

·         Division of Graduate Education

·         Division of Undergraduate Education

·         Division of Human Resource Development

In addition, Q & A opportunities with Program Officers will be provided during the webinar.

Administrators, faculty, researchers, evaluators, and other STEM education leaders working to broaden participation in STEM in formal and or informal contexts are encouraged to attend.

Please register here as soon as possible.

Once you have registered, help spread the word about the webinar by forwarding this email and or the attached flyer to your STEM & broadening participation in STEM networks.


We look forward to seeing you online on June 14.

STELAR Webinar: 2018 NSF ITEST Solicitation

Event date(s): Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Submitting an ITEST Proposal in August? Don't miss this event!

STELAR is pleased to host NSF ITEST Program Officers David Haury and Robert Russell for an informative session on the 2018 Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program Solicitation (NSF 17-565). Learn more about the current solicitation, ITEST program specifics, and submission and review criteria.

Program officers will provide time for your questions about proposal concepts.

Join us next Wednesday, May 30 from 3-4 pm ET (2-3 pm CT)

Space for this event is limited, we encourage you to register today!

Register Now!

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