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I-Corps For Learning (I-Corps L)

A frustration common to both educators and policymakers surrounds the difficulty of getting effective, evidence-based approaches into widespread use in classrooms and other learning environments.  [More]

Improved Mathematics Success

“Students who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and STEM-related careers have challenges moving ahead unless they have successful experiences in mathematics in their first one or two years of college."

This Dear Colleague Letter highlights funding opportunities to address these challenges.

EHR Core Research

EHR has established a new cross-directorate Core Research Program.  Proposals are encouraged that help synthesize, build and/or expand research foundations in four core areas.  See the announcement at:

 EHR Core Research
(NSF  15-509) Posted October 23, 2014

Special Announcements

Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development

A publication titled Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development has just been released by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. It provides a framework for producing and sharing knowledge and evidence resources, so that innovations that work can be more quickly and widely used in classrooms around the country.

Here is a set of Frequently Asked Questions about the Guidelines.

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Look here for STEM Education Resources 

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Innovation Through Institutional Integration (I-3)

 

Successful K-12 STEM Education Activities
alt "Successful K-12 STEM Education," a report produced by the National Research Council, and funded by NSF, is a response to a request from a member of Congress, Rep. Frank Wolf, to identify the characteristics of highly successful K-12 schools and programs in STEM. Information about activities associated with the report are available from Successful STEM Education.org.
Recently Announced Funding Opportunities See All

Faculty Early Career Development Program
(NSF  15-555) Posted March 10, 2015

Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation - S2I2
(NSF  15-553) Posted March 6, 2015

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program
(NSF  15-552) Posted March 6, 2015

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)
(NSF  15-551) Posted March 6, 2015

Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Science & Engineering
(NSF  15-544) Posted February 19, 2015

Upcoming Due Dates See All

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure
(NSF  15-519) Full Proposal: April 3, 2015

Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE)
(NSF  14-565) Letter of Intent: April 7, 2015, Letters of Intent are due for HBCU-RISE projects.

STEM + Computing Partnerships
(NSF  15-537) Full Proposal: April 14, 2015

Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation
(NSF  15-540) Full Proposal: April 30, 2015

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
(NSF  15-542) Full Proposal: May 6, 2015, Applies to both tracks

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News See All
the White House President Obama announces exceptional science, mathematics and engineering mentors
Released March 27, 2015
Press Release
squid Squid enrich their DNA 'blueprint' through prolific RNA editing
Released March 20, 2015
News From the Field
Tornado simulation created at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. Super storms: Risk and resilience
Released March 19, 2015
Media Advisory
cluster of neurons UCSF team finds key to making neurons from stem cells
Released March 19, 2015
News From the Field
illustration of a mitochondrion Even at a molecular level, taking it slow helps us cope with stress
Released March 19, 2015
News From the Field
Discoveries See All
four 6th-graders in science class Engaging science for everyone
Reflections from science education pioneer Herb Thier on the value of inquiry-based learning
Released  March 24, 2015

Chein-shiung Wu Pioneering women in STEM
Names you should know, in celebration of Women's History Month
Released  March 17, 2015

  Are you a math person?
Talk to education researcher Jere Confrey and you realize that's not really the right question. Everyone can find a way in to mathematics
Released  March 13, 2015

Nadkarni explains tree biology to medium security inmates at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center. Canopy researcher goes out on a (tree) limb to promote public understanding of science
"Treetop Barbie" is among the bold, inventive tools developed by researcher to reach varied audiences
Released  March 12, 2015

Events Calendar See All

January 12, 2015  - January 12, 2016
ITEST Panelist Webinar
Webcast

January 22, 2015  - January 22, 2016
ITEST Webinar Q&A session
Webcast

March 16, 2015  - May 6, 2015
2015 NRT Informational Webinars
Outreach

March 19, 2015  - April 10, 2015
2015 NRT Solicitation Question and Answer Session
Outreach

April 1, 2015
NSF Day at the University of Washington Bothell
Workshop

April 8, 2015  - April 9, 2015
Advisory Committee for Geosciences
Advisory Committee Meeting

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Executive Summary: Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries: Increasing Access to the Results of Research Funded by the National Science Foundation
Public Access Plan: Today's Data, Tomorrow's Discoveries: Increasing Access to the Results of Research Funded by the National Science Foundation
Dear Colleague Letter: I-Corps L - Stimulating Innovation in STEM Education
Dear Colleague Letter: Increasing College Opportunity Through Improved Mathematics Success in the First Two Years of College
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