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National Science Foundation (NSF)
The vision of the Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) Big Idea is to catalyze the STEM enterprise to work collaboratively for inclusive change, resulting in a STEM workforce that reflects the diverse population of the Nation. More specifically, NSF INCLUDES seeks to broaden participation in STEM fields through a National Network that will inspire collaborative efforts aimed at increasing the active participation of those who have been historically underrepresented and underserved in STEM.
The National Network is composed of NSF INCLUDES projects, other NSF - funded projects with broadening participation components, scholars engaged in broadening participation research and evaluation, Subcommittee on Federal Coordination in STEM Education (FC-STEM) agencies, and organizations that support the goals of NSF INCLUDES. This program is distinguished by its focus on collaborative infrastructure building to achieve systemic impacts and results at scale. Proposals must align with the four NSF INCLUDES key principles:
- broadening participation in STEM,
- enabling sustainable change in systems,
- scaling up outcomes in ways that advance equity, and
- building collaborative infrastructure.
Under this program, there are five types of projects that connect and contribute to the National Network:
- Design & Development Launch Pilots (DDLPs) explore new strategies and models for collaborative approaches to broadening participation in STEM. DDLPs should facilitate innovative partnerships, networks, and theories of action for broadening participation in STEM, with the goal of establishing future alliances, centers, or other large-scale networks.
- Collaborative Change Consortia are networks that implement, study , and scale up systemic strategies that address a critical broadening participation challenge in STEM. Collaborative Change Consortia build the infrastructure necessary to: 1) foster collaboration, 2) broaden participation in STEM at city, state, or regional levels of impact by operationalizing the five design elements of collaborative infrastructure , and 3) contribute rigorous and innovative research to the knowledge base about broadening participation in STEM, These projects should result in research findings and sustainable , replicable models for city, state, and/or regional implementation and impact.
- Alliances are large-scale networks that implement, study, and scale up systemic strategies that address a critical broadening participation challenge in STEM, Like Collaborative Change Consortia, Alliances build the infrastructure necessary to foster collaboration and broaden participation in STEM, but for Alliances, the level of impact should be national and supported by a backbone organization.
- Network Connectors initiate or maintain linkages to the NSF INCLUDES National Network for projects or partnerships that are not currently funded by NSF INCLUDES. Network Connectors implement connections to NSF-funded or other existing projects and evidence-based approaches. A letter of collaboration from a leader of the existing project is needed. Institutions and organizations that are new to the National Network who are looking to adopt or adapt evidence-based practices that emerged from current or previously-funded NSF INCLUDES projects are encouraged to apply.
- Conferences provide platforms for new collaborations or exchange of ideas that strengthen the NSF INCLUDES National Network. Conference proposals may be submitted by current or former NSF INCLUDES awardees or organizations that are not currently part of the NSF INCLUDES portfolio.
History of Funding
In FY 2018 and FY 2019, NSF INCLUDES funded a total of eight Alliances. For more information on funded NSF INCLUDES Alliances, visit includesnetwork.org.
Recent awards made through this program can be found at https://www.nsf.gov/awards/award_visualization.jsp?org=NSF&pims_id=505289&ProgEleCode=032Y&from=fund.
NSF INCLUDES Planning Grant: Recent awards through this program can be found at https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/advancedSearchResult?ProgEleCode=032Y&BooleanElement=Any&BooleanRef=Any&ActiveAwards=trueresults
Consortium proposals must include:
- a shared vision and strategy for broadening the participation of an identified population(s) in STEM, along with relevant metrics of progress and key milestones/goals to be achieved during the funding period and beyond;
- multi- sector partnerships and plans to build infrastructure to achieve progress on the project's goals;
- a framework for continuous communication, data management, capacity building, networking, expansion, sustainability, and visibility of the project network;
- a plan for contributing rigorous and innovative research to the knowledge base on broadening participation in STEM;
- a plan for contributing project evaluations, data, new scientific findings/discoveries, and promising practices to the NSF INCLUDES National Network;
- planned connections and contributions to the National Network online community and the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub;
- a logic model or other heuristic that identifies outcomes reflecting the implementation of systemic change at scale and progress toward developing an inclusive STEM enterprise.
Alliances proposals are required to:
- Develop a shared vision and strategy for broadening the participation of an identified population(s) in STEM, along with relevant metrics of progress and key milestones/goals to be achieved at a national level, during the funding period and beyond;
- Establish multi-sector partnerships and build infrastructure to achieve progress on the project's goals;
- Contribute rigorous and innovative research to the knowledge base on broadening participation in STEM;
- Establish a "backbone" (i.e., support) organization that provides a framework for continuous communication, data management, capacity building, networking, expansion, sustainability, and visibility of the project network beyond a single city, state, or region;
- Advance a logic model or other heuristic that identifies Alliance outcomes, reflecting the implementation of change at a national scale and progress toward developing an inclusive STEM enterprise;
- Collaborate with the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub to share project evaluations, data, new scientific findings/discoveries, and promising practices with the NSF INCLUDES National Network and build critical knowledge that enables measurable progress toward NSF INCLUDES goals;
- Participate in a network of peer alliances and the NSF INCLUDES National Network to achieve NSF INCLUDES goals; and
- Work to build connections to other organizations and broadening participation stakeholders to join in and expand the NSF National Network.
Network Connector proposals may be submitted by existing NSF-funded and non-NSF funded projects seeking funding to provide or participate in:
- new collaborations that expand the impact of active or previously-funded NSF INCLUDES projects; new opportunities for collaboration across the NSF INCLUDES National Network;
- novel ideas to bring a community of NSF-funded projects into the NSF INCLUDES National Network; efforts to equitably scale up innovative and evidence-based approaches to broadening participation in STEM;
- NSF-funded research activities with the goal of broadening participation in STEM;
- development of shared goals, measures, and mutually reinforcing activities to build collaborative infrastructure for broadening participation in STEM; communicating knowledge and results from the NSF broadening participation portfolio of programs and projects, NSF Center-scale activities, or other major Foundation investments ; or
- communicating findings from the science of broadening participation research community to the NSF INCLUDES National Network, especially pertaining to new efforts to translate basic research into practice.
Eligible applicants are Universities and Colleges, Non-profit, non-academic organizations, For-profit organizations, State and Local Governments, Unaffiliated Individuals, Foreign organizations, and Other Federal agencies.
Design and Development Launch Pilots and Collaborative Change Consortia applications are to be submitted by October 25, 2022.
Alliance applications are to be submitted by October 24, 2022.
Network Connector applications are to be submitted by October 25, 2022.
Conference applications are accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted by October 30, annually.
Note: Investigators planning to submit a proposal are strongly encouraged to submit a one-page description of their proposal idea to firstname.lastname@example.org at least three months prior to proposal submission.
For FY 2022, approximately $5,500,000 is available in funding. Award amounts vary by project area:
- Design and Development Launch Pilot proposals may request up to $300,000 per year for up to two years. 2 awards are available.
- Collaborative Change Consortium proposals may request up to $1,000,000 per year for up to five years. 2 awards are available.
- Alliance proposals may request up to $2,000,000 per year for up to five years. 1 award is available.
- Network connector proposals may request up to $250,000 per year for up to two years. 5 awards are available.
- Conference proposals may request up to $100,000 for one year. 5 awards are available.
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