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Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Funding Program

Monday, June 26, 2017

Program Solicitation
NSF 17-568

Synopsis of Program

With an emphasis on two-year colleges, 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; and other activities. The program invites research proposals that advance the knowledge base related to technician education. It is expected that projects be faculty driven and that courses and programs are credit bearing although materials developed may also be used for incumbent worker education.

The ATE program encourages partnerships with other entities that may impact technician education. For example, with

The ATE program encourages proposals from Minority Serving Institutions and other institutions that support the recruitment, retention, and completion of students underrepresented in STEM in technician education programs that award associate degrees. NSF is particularly interested in proposals from all types of Minority Serving Institutions (including Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions) where the proportion of underrepresented students interested in advanced technology careers is growing.

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 45 to 75

Anticipated Funding Amount: $59,000,000 is anticipated to be available for new and continuing awards in this program in FY2018. Funding in all years is subject to the availability of funds.

Eligibility Information

Who May Submit Proposals:

The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter I.E.

Who May Serve as PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not required
  • Preliminary Proposals: Not applicable.
  • Full Proposals:

B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements:

    Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations:

    Not Applicable

  • Other Budgetary Limitations:

    Other budgetary limitations apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

C. Due Dates

  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

         October 05, 2017

         October 04, 2018

         October 03, 2019

Full program solicitation is found here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17568/nsf17568.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Dear Colleague Letter: Life STEM

Monday, October 17, 2016

NSF 16-143

September 30, 2016

Dear Colleague,

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has established inclusiveness as one of its core values. The Foundation seeks and embraces contributions from all segments of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) community including underrepresented groups and minority serving institutions. NSF currently invests in a number of programs targeting underrepresented populations and institutions. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) describes another opportunity to build on the Agency's longstanding efforts of inclusiveness by providing a mechanism for researchers to create, implement, and evaluate innovative models of intervention in STEM (with particular attention to life science and bioscience), beginning in elementary school through undergraduate studies.

Through this DCL, NSF invites eligible organizations to submit research proposals that create, implement, and evaluate models of intervention that will advance the knowledge base for establishing and retaining underrepresented minorities in STEM fields with particular attention to life science and the biosciences. Researchers from minority-serving institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals should partner eligible organizations with local elementary, middle or high schools to foster collaborative relationships between K-12 science educators and the research community. The activities may occur in formal and/or informal settings. Proposals may address science topics and activities related to curriculum development, teacher support, and student engagement. Proposals should describe effective methods to disseminate findings broadly to the K-16 science education community.

Researchers are invited to submit proposals to one of the following programs, in accordance with NSF's Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) and individual program solicitation requirements. Regardless of the program, the title of each proposal should begin with "Life STEM."

  • For PreK-12 learning environments, submit to:
    • Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12, NSF 15-592) due date December 5, 2016
    • Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST, NSF 15-599) August 10, 2017
    • Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program (AISL, NSF 15-593) due November 8, 2016
  • For undergraduate learning environments, submit to:
    • Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE, NSF 15-585) due November 2, 2016/January 11, 2017.
    • HBCU Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP, NSF 16-538) due November 22, 2016. Researchers who have met the Letter of Intent requirement for the HBCU-UP solicitation may choose to submit a proposal that focuses on or incorporates life science or bioscience in alignment with the specifications in NSF 16-538.

Through this DCL, researchers may also submit EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals to explore new directions or appropriate extensions of disciplinary-based research activities. EAGER proposals must conform to the guidelines for preparation of such a proposals (including the requirement to discuss the proposal with a program officer prior to submission) as specified in the Chapter II.D.2 of the PAPPG. EAGER proposals have a maximum size of $300,000 and a maximum duration of two years. All EAGERS in response to this DCL should be submitted by January 31, 2017. The title of the proposal should be prefixed with "Life STEM EAGER."

Researchers interested in submitting proposals or have questions pertaining to this DCL may contact: Celestine Pea, Program Officer, cpea [at] nsf [dot] gov.

This DCL is expected to be in effect from October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017. All proposals should be submitted in accordance with NSF's PAPPG and individual program solicitation deadlines listed in this letter.

Sincerely,

Joan Ferrini-Mundy
Assistant Director
Directorate for Education and Human Resources

Dear Colleague Letter: Strengthening Transfer of Students from Two-year Hispanic-serving Institutions to Four-year STEM Programs

Monday, June 6, 2016

June 2, 2016

Dear Colleague:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education research and other activities in order to develop innovative strategies for broadening the participation of women and men from groups underrepresented in all levels of the nation's STEM educational system and workforce. This effort is integral to the Strategic Re-envisioning for the Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR).1

NSF is interested in receiving proposals to existing programs, listed below, that support the development of a comprehensive, knowledge-based and knowledge-generating opportunity that seeks to facilitate the successful transfer of students (particularly those who are historically underrepresented in STEM) from two-year Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSIs) to four-year institutions of their choice in order to pursue STEM baccalaureate degrees.

This is not a special competition or new program. Proposals submitted in response to this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) must meet the requirements and deadlines of the program to which they are submitted.

Two-year HSIs are particularly encouraged to submit proposals in response to this DCL. All four-year institutions are eligible to submit proposals; however, four-year institutions are strongly encouraged to partner with a two-year HSI.

NSF encourages the submission of proposals that focus on innovative, evidence-based student recruitment and retention strategies at the community college level that show the greatest promise for strengthening progression to four-year STEM degree programs by students from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM, with particular emphasis on Hispanic students.

Supported activities may include: Employing evidence-based team and cohort building operations (e.g., mentoring, learning communities, and social integration activities); student academic support (e.g. supplemental instruction and peer-led team learning); undergraduate research activities (e.g., research methods and hands-on experimentation); professional development and career support (e.g., conference attendance and presentation, participation in seminars, and colloquia) or other activities designed to enhance student retention in STEM and successful transfer to STEM baccalaureate-degree programs.

PARTICIPATING PROGRAMS

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP): NSF 15-594

Program Track: Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B)
HSI community college as lead institution -- may form alliances with other 2-year community colleges and 4-year IHEs for transfer to complete a 4-year STEM degree program.

Program Track: Pre-Alliance Planning Grants
HSIs may use this grant mechanism to establish partnerships to form new alliances.

Others: Conferences and Workshops

Program Officers:
A. James Hicks, ahicks [at] nsf [dot] gov
Martha James, mjames [at] nsf [dot] gov

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM): NSF 16-540.

Program Track 1: S-STEM Institutional Capacity Building
Track 1 is for institutions that have not had or do not currently have awards funded by the S-STEM program or the STEM Talent Expansion (STEP) program.

Program Track 2: S-STEM Design and Development
There are two types of projects in this track: (a) Single institution projects that focus on well-documented institutional needs or concerns; (b) Multi-Institutional Consortia that support institutional collaborations that focus on a common interest or problem.

Others: Conferences and Workshop

Program Officers:
Connie K. Della-Piana, cdelapi [at] nsf [dot] gov
Paul Tymann, ptymann [at] nsf [dot] gov
John Krupczak, jkrupcza [at] nsf [dot] gov
Yvette Weatherton, yweather [at] nsf [dot] gov
Kevin Lee, kelee [at] nsf [dot] gov

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

There are several track specific proposal submission deadlines for the LSAMP program. For S-STEM the submission deadline is April 20, 2017, and the third Thursday in April, thereafter. Proposers should contact NSF Program Officers to determine the appropriate program for submitting proposals.

FUNDING LEVELS AND AWARD DURATIONS

LSAMP Bridge to the Baccalaureate: Up to $500,000 per year for up to 3 years.

LSAMP Pre-Alliance Planning Grants: Up to $125,000 for up to 18 months.

S-STEM - Institutional Capacity Building: Up to $650,000 total for 5 years.

S-STEM - S-STEM Design and Development:

  • Single institution projects up to $1.0 million total for 5 years.
  • Multi-Institutional Consortia projects up to $5.0 million total for 5 years.

CONFERENCES

Proposals for conferences addressing critical challenges in undergraduate STEM education may be submitted at any time following consultation with a program officer associated with the program to which the conference is applicable. Conference proposals should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the guidance in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, Part I: Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) (NSF 16-001): https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf16001. Specific instructions for conference proposals may be found in Chapter II.D.9.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

For proper processing, please make sure that the Project Summary includes the following identifier in the first sentence: DCL:HSI.

NSF uses the definition for Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) as an institution of higher education that is (a) a Title V eligible institution; and (b) has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application, as defined in the Higher Education Act [Title V, Part A of the Higher Education Act as amended (20 U.S.C. 1101a (5)].

Sincerely,

Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Assistant Director
Directorate for Education and Human Resources


1 See Strategic Re-Envisioning for the Education and Human Resources Directorate, September 2014 https://www.nsf.gov/ehr/Pubs/AC_ReEnvisioning_Report_Sept_2014_01.pdf.
 

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Missouri Transect is excited to circulate the first Dear Colleague Letter for the NSF INCLUDES program.

The full solicitation can be found here.  Some important deadlines to keep in mind are:

  • Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): April 15, 2016
  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time): June 24, 2016

Access the Dear Colleague Letter here or read below:

February 22, 2016

Dear Colleagues:

I write to invite your participation and leadership in the NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) initiative.

Today, NSF is releasing the first NSF INCLUDES solicitation, which aims to fund approximately 40 Design and Development Launch Pilots at ~$300,000 each. I encourage you to enlist partners (e.g., industry, foundations, states) who can help leverage and expand support beyond the Federal dollars. More importantly, in FY 2017, all of these Pilot projects will be eligible to apply for full NSF INCLUDES Alliances, proposed in the President's FY 2017 Budget Request at a level of $12.5 million each for five years.

Diversity – of thought, perspective, and experience – is essential to achieving excellence in 21st century science and engineering research and education. And, there is a business case for diversity. A recent McKinsey & Company study found that companies were 15% more likely to gain financial returns above their national industry median if they were in the top quartile of gender diversity; the probability climbed to 35% for companies in the top quartile for racial/ethnic diversity.

NSF INCLUDES is a comprehensive national initiative to enhance U.S. leadership by seeking and developing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) talent from all sectors and groups in our society through access and engagement. It aims to improve the preparation, increase the participation, and ensure the contributions of individuals from groups that traditionally have been underserved and/or underrepresented in the STEM enterprise. The U.S. science and engineering workforce can thrive if women, blacks, Hispanics, and people with disabilities are represented in percentages comparable to their representation in the U.S. population. According to the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, we have a long way to go to reach that goal. We can achieve national STEM diversity and its benefits to our Nation if we commit to national STEM inclusion.

Many people, projects and organizations already have achieved significant successes toward greater STEM inclusion. Yet, according to a National Academies report, many larger challenges still remain: under-preparation and lack of opportunity for members of all demographic groups to become "STEM-capable"; under-resourcing as seen in growing disparities of access to quality learning and technology; and under-production of STEM graduates from the above-mentioned sectors.

The goal of NSF INCLUDES is to achieve significant impact at the national scale within the next ten years in transforming STEM so that it is fully and widely inclusive. That will require strong partnerships and collaborations among many organizations and people in the overall STEM talent development eco-system. You and your organization can play a large role in this initiative.

Collaborative alliances, spanning education levels, public and private sectors, and including new partners, will need to be developed, expanded, organized and built by leveraging state-of-the-art knowledge on scaling of social innovations. For example, "Collective Impact" approaches that incorporate key success determinants such as common agendas, shared measurements, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communications, and backbone support organizations have the potential to yield large-scale progress towards NSF INCLUDES goals. The latest knowledge from the science of broadening participation provides a strong foundation, and novel systems approaches and designs for achieving scale will be critical. I invite you to read the growing literature on the positive impacts of diversity in teams, and the subtle, but pervasive, biases that can diminish our collective action.

As university and college presidents and chancellors, and heads of organizations funded by the National Science Foundation, I urge you to take a direct and personal role in helping to build these collaborative alliances – with ambitious goals for STEM inclusion – at a national scale. There is rich variation across the Nation in terms of local resources, talent and expertise as well as in the specific roadblocks and challenges you may face. We leave the specific nature of each alliance and the ambitious goals it will aim to achieve to you to define. NSF's goal is to achieve impact at scale on STEM inclusion. We need your leadership if we are to succeed.

I invite you to become a leader in the NSF INCLUDES initiative. To learn more about this exciting program, go to http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf16544.

Sincerely,

France A. Córdova
Director


Resources

Hunt, V., Layton, D., & Prince, S. (February, 2015). Diversity matters. McKinsey & Company.

Kania, J., & Kramer, M. (2011). Collective impact, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter. Retrieved from http://www.ssir.org/articles/entry/collective_impact.

National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (2015). Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation.

Committee on Underrepresented Groups and the Expansion of the Science and Engineering Workforce Pipeline, Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, & Policy and Global Affairs (2014).

Expanding underrepresented minority participation: America's science and technology talent at the crossroads. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE)

Event date(s): Friday, December 1, 2017 to Thursday, February 8, 2018


PROGRAM SOLICITATION: NSF 18-509

Important Dates

Letter of Intent Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

December 01, 2017

First Friday in December, Annually Thereafter

HBCU-RISE

December 01, 2017

First Friday in December, Every Other Year Thereafter

Preliminary CREST Center

Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

February 15, 2018

Third Thursday in February, Every Other Year Thereafter

Preliminary CREST Centers

Supplement Due Date(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

Proposals Accepted Anytime

SBIR/STTR Diversity Collaborative Supplements

February 08, 2018

Second Thursday in February, Annually Thereafter

CREST Partnership Supplements

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

January 30, 2018

CREST Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

February 08, 2018

Second Thursday in February, Annually Thereafter

HBCU-RISE

December 07, 2018

First Friday in December, Every Other Year Thereafter

CREST Centers

December 07, 2018

First Friday in December, Annually Thereafter

CREST Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Summary of Program Requirements

Program Title:

Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE)

Synopsis of Program:

The Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program provides support to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions (MSI) through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. MSIs of higher education denote institutions that have undergraduate enrollments of 50% or more (based on total student enrollment) of members of minority groups underrepresented among those holding advanced degrees in science and engineering fields: African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders. CREST promotes the development of new knowledge, enhancements of the research productivity of individual faculty, and an expanded presence of students historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. CREST Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (PRF) awards provide research experience and training for early career scientists at active CREST Centers. HBCU-RISE awards specifically target HBCUs to support the expansion of institutional research capacity as well as the production of doctoral students, especially those from groups underrepresented in STEM, at those institutions.

The CREST program supports the following types of projects:

CREST Center awards provide multi-year support (typically 5-years) for eligible minority-serving institutions that demonstrate a strong research and education base, a compelling vision for research infrastructure improvement, and a comprehensive plan with the necessary elements to achieve and sustain national competitiveness in a clearly defined area of national significance in science or engineering research. Successful Center proposals will demonstrate a clear vision and synergy with the broad goals of the CREST Program and the Human Resource Development Division with respect to development of a diverse STEM workforce. CREST Centers are expected to provide leadership in the involvement of groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM at all levels (faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers) within the Center. Centers are required to use either proven or innovative mechanisms to address issues such as recruitment, retention and mentorship of participants from underrepresented groups.

CREST Partnership Supplements support the establishment or strengthening of partnerships and collaborations between active CREST Centers and nationally or internationally recognized research centers including NSF-supported research centers, and private sector research laboratories, K-12 entities including museums and science centers or schools, as appropriate to enable the CREST Centers to advance knowledge and education on a research theme of national significance.

CREST Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (PRF) awards recognize beginning CREST Center investigators with significant potential and provide them with research experiences that broaden perspectives, facilitate interdisciplinary interactions and establish them in positions of leadership within the scientific community. Fellows conduct research on topics aligned with the research focus of the host CREST Center. The fellowships are also designed to provide active mentoring to the Fellows by the sponsoring CREST Center scientists who, in turn, will benefit from the incorporation of these talented scientists into their research groups.

HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE) awards support the development of research capability at Historically Black Colleges and Universities that offer doctoral degrees in science and engineering disciplines. Supported projects must have a unifying research focus in one of the research areas supported by NSF, a direct connection to the long-term plans of the host department(s), institutional strategic plan and mission, and plans for expanding institutional research capacity as well as increasing the production of doctoral students, especially those underrepresented in STEM.

SBIR/STTR Phase IIa Diversity Collaboration Supplements provide an opportunity for existing SBIR/STTR Phase II projects to initiate collaborations with minority-serving institutions that have active CREST Center or HBCU-RISE awards. These supplemental proposals are administered by and co-funded with the NSF Directorate for Engineering Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (ENG/IIP).

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award:

Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Fellowship

Estimated Number of Awards: 40

In fiscal year 2018, 2 newly funded CREST Center awards, up to 5 CREST-PRFs, up to 5 CREST Partnership Supplements, 1 SBIR/STTR Diversity Collaborative Supplement and up to 4 HBCU-RISE awards will be made. In fiscal year 2019, up to 6 CREST Center awards (new Centers and Phase II Centers), up to 5 CREST-PRFs, up to 5 CREST Partnership Supplements, 1 SBIR/STTR Diversity Collaborative Supplement and up to 4 HBCU-RISE awards will be made.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $19,300,000

Across fiscal years 2018 and 2019, up to $8,000,000 to support the first year for eight newly funded CREST Centers, up to $2,000,000 to support CREST-PRF Fellowships, up to $300,000 from CREST and $300,000 from ENG/IIP for co-funded SBIR/STTR Diversity Collaborative Supplements, up to $1,000,000 for CREST partnership supplements and up to $8,000,000 for HBCU-RISE standard grants, pending the availability of funds.

Eligibility Information

Who May Submit Proposals:

Preliminary and invited full CREST Center proposals may be submitted by minority-serving institutions of higher education in the United States. This denotes institutions that have undergraduate enrollments of 50% or more (based on total student enrollment) of members of minority groups underrepresented among those holding advanced degrees in science and engineering fields: African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders. Eligibility as a minority-serving institution may be determined by reference to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) of the US Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/). Proposals are also invited from institutions of higher education that primarily serve populations of students with disabilities (https://www.nsf.gov/od/broadeningparticipation/nsf_frameworkforaction_0808.pdf). Support may be provided to partner institutions through subawards.

CREST partnership supplement proposals are invited from current CREST Center awardees.

CREST Postdoctoral Research Fellowship proposals are invited from individuals from active CREST Centers (http://www.crestweb.org). Only three (3) individuals per active CREST Center can submit a CREST-PRF application. Individuals can only submit one proposal per year (maximum 2 proposals per individual). Each candidate must identify one or more CREST Center sponsoring scientist(s) and the host CREST Center institution in the proposal. CREST Center applicants are required to inform the CREST Center Director and/or PIs of their intent to submit a CREST-PRF proposal. CREST Centers should ensure that they do not endorse more than 3 CREST-PRF proposals for each competition.

CREST Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are awards to individuals, and applications are submitted directly by applicants to NSF. To be eligible to submit a proposal to the CREST-PRF Program, an individual must, as of the full proposal target date:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident;
  • Have earned the doctoral degree, or expect to have earned the doctoral degree prior to the required start date of the fellowship;
  • Show proof of CREST Center funding as a graduate student for at least one year;
  • Not have worked for more than a total of 24 full-time-equivalent months in positions that require the doctoral degree;
  • May not have previously been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator of an NSF award (other than a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship);
  • Submit a project plan that falls within the purview of the NSF's CREST Center host institution's research priorities; and
  • Not have submitted concurrently the same project to another NSF program.

The proposal must include the following:

  1. A sponsoring CREST scientist(s) statement
  2. A letter(s) of support from the host institution (Department Chair and/or Dean)
  3. A letter of support from the CREST Center Director or CREST PI at the applicant's institution. Certification of eligibility must be included in the letter of support.
  4. A letter of support from the non-CREST Center sponsor (secondary mentor) only if additional funds are requested to conduct research at a non-CREST Center institution.

HBCU-RISE proposals are invited from Historically Black Colleges and Universities that offer doctoral degrees in science (including social, behavioral, and economic science), technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

SBIR/STTR diversity collaborative supplement proposals are invited from current SBIR/STTR Phase II grantees and their CREST Center or HBCU-RISE institution partners.

Who May Serve as PI:

Principal Investigators for CREST Center, HBCU-RISE or SBIR/STTR awards must be employed by an institution eligible for a CREST Center, HBCU-RISE or SBIR/STTR, respectively.

CREST-PRF. Only doctoral recipients affiliated with a CREST Center may serve as Principal Investigator. Individuals must show proof of CREST Center funding as a graduate student for at least one year. Certification of eligibility must be included in the letter of support from the PI's CREST Center Director or CREST PI.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

Only one preliminary CREST Center proposal may be submitted per eligible institution. Full CREST Center proposals are to be submitted only when invited by NSF. An institution may have only one active CREST Center award, irrespective of focus area. Centers that have completed two prior, consecutive 5-year CREST Center awards may recompete in disciplinary areas that are significantly different from those of the previous award(s).

Only three (3) individuals per active CREST Center may submit a CREST-PRF application per competition. Only one individual can be awarded a CREST-PRF at an active CREST Center per year.

Only one HBCU-RISE proposal may be submitted per eligible institution. An institution may have only one active HBCU-RISE award.

For each active SBIR/STTR Phase II grant, only one SBIR/STTR collaboration with a CREST Center may be submitted. For each CREST center, only one SBIR/STTR collaboration can be active at any given time.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:

Eligible individuals may be listed as the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on only one CREST Center or HBCU-RISE proposal. CREST-PRF applicants may submit only one fellowship application to the CREST program per year and may apply in no more than two successive years for CREST-PRF.

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Submission of Letters of Intent is required for CREST Centers & HBCU-RISE. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.
  • Preliminary Proposals: Submission of Preliminary Proposals is required. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.
  • Full Proposals:

    Full Proposals submitted via FastLane: NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) guidelines apply. The complete text of the PAPPG is available electronically on the NSF website at: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=pappg.

    • Full Proposals submitted via Grants.gov: NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide).

B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements:

    Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations:

    Not Applicable

  • Other Budgetary Limitations:

    Not Applicable

NASA Glenn- 1st Black Women in Engineering Science and Technology Summit

Event date(s): Friday, June 9, 2017 to Thursday, August 17, 2017
Location: NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH


Announcing the 1st Annual Black Women in Engineering Science & Technology Summit in Cleveland, OH at NASA Glenn Research Center.

Summit Dates

August 15–17, 2017

 

Interested presenters should submit no more than a one-page abstract by June 9, 2017 via email to Anita Alexander (Anita [dot] L [dot] Alexander [at] nasa [dot] gov).  (See specifications below)

 

Abstract Submission Deadline  

June 9, 2017

Notification of Acceptance

June 16, 2017

Final Presentation Slide Deck Due

July 14, 2017

 

For more information, download the Call for Abstracts here.

This summit organizing committee includes: Anita Alexander (GRC) (Anita [dot] L [dot] Alexander [at] nasa [dot] gov); Gynelle Steele (GRC) (Gynelle [dot] C [dot] Steele [at] nasa [dot] gov); Betsy Lavelle (GRC) (Betsy [dot] E [dot] Lavelle [at] nasa [dot] gov); Constance Meadors (ASGC) (cymeadors [at] gmail [dot] com)