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Taking Action: COVID-19 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Challenge

Entries accepted October 14th to December 31st

October 14, 2021 11:00 AM  to 
December 31, 2021 12:00 AM
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The National Science Foundation is announcing the TAKING ACTION: COVID-19 DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION Challenge to U.S. non-profit Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs).

IHEs are asked to submit entries that describe the systemic strategies that the institution has implemented, and/or will implement, to address the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM undergraduate and graduate education programs, postdoctoral training, and STEM academic careers.  Entries will be judged by NSF and three cash winners in each of four categories will be made (see table below).

Entries will be accepted via Challenge.gov. from October 14, 2021 until December 30, 2021

Please review the instructions and eligibility information provided on the challenge information website: www.nsf.gov/takingaction

PRIZE INFORMATION

$200,000 in total cash prizes will be awarded to winning IHEs. Each of the four categories will have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cash-prize winner and up to 10 honorable mention designees (see table).

Prize Breakdown by category:


Winners

STEM Undergraduate - Two-Year IHEs

STEM Undergraduate - Four-Year IHEs

STEM Graduate and Postdoctoral

STEM Faculty

First Place

$25,000

$25,000

$25,000

$25,000

Second Place

$15,000

$15,000

$15,000

$15,000

Third Place

$10,000

$10,000

$10,000

$10,000

Honorable mention

Up to 10 (no cash award)

Up to 10 (no cash award)

Up to 10 (no cash award)

Up to 10 (no cash award)

*IHEs do not need to have a grant from NSF to submit to this challenge.

Meeting Type
Other

Contacts
COVID Challenge Team, email: covidchallengeteam@nsf.gov

NSF Related Organizations
NSF-Wide
Division of Human Resource Development

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)
ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions
Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science