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Broadening Participation

White House Initiative on HBCUs Presents Federal Funding Opportunities at the National Science Foundation

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) is hosting a series of webinars to educate Historically Black Colleges and Universities on the grants and opportunities available to them throughout the federal government.

The WHIHBCU will co-host a webinar with the National Science Foundation (NSF) on August 27, 2015 from 2:00PM-3:30PM EDT.

This webinar will feature a presentation by NSF highlighting their funding opportunities for HBCUs. Faculty and administrators from the HBCU community are invited to view the webinar live and ask questions.Read the Initiative’s latest blog on How to Obtain Federal Sponsorship from the National Science Foundation here. Webinar information is listed below.

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

The webinar will be a live webcast on-line. To participate in this webcast, please pre-register and test your video player on-line: http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/nsf/150827/

The presentation slides are available in PDF format: NSF_WhiteHouseInitiativeOnHBCUs_WebcastPresentation_150827.pdf.

Please feel free to distribute this information to your networks. We look forward to the webinar!

Response to the 2011-2012 CEOSE Recommendation for Pathways in Broadening Participation

The 2011-2012 CEOSE (Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering) report requested that NSF launch a bold new initiative for broadening participation (BP) with the goal of eventually having the participation of NSF-supported scientists and engineers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields mirror the population of the Nation. The NSF BP Working Group examined CEOSE’s request and developed an array of options to augment the Foundation’s on-going efforts in broadening participation in STEM.

The 2011-2012 CEOSE Report, and other information about the committee, is available at the [CEOSE Home Page]

Background on NSF Broadening Participation

NSF’s commitment to broadening participation is embedded in its Strategic Plan through a variety of investment priorities related to the Learning and Stewardship strategic outcome goals, including:

  • Preparing a diverse, globally engaged science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce;

  • Integrating research with education, and building capacity;

  • Expanding efforts to broaden participation from underrepresented groups and diverse institutions across all geographical regions in all NSF activities; and

  • Improving processes to recruit and select highly qualified reviewers and panelists.

Guided by the Strategic Plan, NSF established a performance area focused on broadening participation: to expand efforts to increase participation from underrepresented groups and diverse institutions throughout the United States in all NSF activities and programs.

Evaluation Reports for Broadening Participation Projects

In August 2008, the Broadening Participation Working Group developed the report A Framework for Action which describes an implementation strategy for the broadening participation performance area in the Strategic Plan. An executive summary and the full report are available at the "Framework for Action" Report page.

Released in January 2011, the report Framework for Evaluating Impacts of Broadening Particiaption Projects originated from a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The report considers metrics for monitoring broadening particpation projects, along with designs and indicators to support program evaluation. Additional background information and the report itself are available at the Framework for Evaluating Impacts of Broadening Participation Projects page.

For a separate evaluation framework on broadening participation in graduate education, “Measuring Diversity: An Evaluation Guide for STEM Graduate Program Leaders,” a guide issued by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in partnership with NSF, see the AAAS page at http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2011/0525agep_evaluate.shtml.


For further information concerning NSF's Broadening Participation programs, please contact:

Dr. Suzanne Iacono
National Science Foundation
Phone: 703-292-8040
E-mail: broadpart@nsf.gov

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