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NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program  (S-STEM)


Change in Submission Deadline

DUE DATE POSTPONED: New due date April 22, 2020. 

With the disruption in regular operations of institutions of higher education and other research organizations due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, NSF has decided to delay the due date for proposals to solicitation NSF 20-526 by four weeks, to April 22, 2020.

Proposals can be submitted, and already submitted proposals can be updated, at any time before 5pm local time of the submitting organization on April 22, 2020.

Please visit the S-STEM solicitation for detailed information. You can also find additional information on the NSF COVID-19 website regarding this change.


S-STEM 2020 Webinars

S-STEM program staff will conduct a series of "Office Hours" webinars in January. For more information on these webinars, please visit the NSF event page which details the dates, times, and registration information.


CONTACTS
Name Email Phone Room
Alexandra  Medina-Borja amedinab@nsf.gov (703) 292-7557   
Keith  Sverdrup ksverdru@nsf.gov (703) 292-4671   
Sami  Rollins srollins@nsf.gov (703) 292-7133   
Michael  J. Ferrara mferrara@nsf.gov (703) 292-2635   
Michelle  M. Camacho- Walter mcamacho@nsf.gov (703) 292-8718   
Connie  K. Della-Piana cdellapi@nsf.gov (703) 292-5309   
Thomas  B. Higgins thhiggin@nsf.gov (703) 292-2937   
Abiodun (Abby)  Ilumoka ailumoka@nsf.gov (703) 292-2703   
John  Jackman jjackman@nsf.gov (703) 292-4816   
Karen  A. Keene kkeene@nsf.gov (703) 292-2482   
Jennifer  E. Lewis jenlewis@nsf.gov (703) 292-2938   
Andrea  L. Nixon anixon@nsf.gov (703) 292-5323   
Mark  A. Pauley mpauley@nsf.gov (703) 292-8658   
Pushpa  Ramakrishna pusramak@nsf.gov (703) 292-2943   
Dawn  M. Rickey drickey@nsf.gov (703) 292-4674   


PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  20-526

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline Date

    March 31, 2021

    Last Wednesday in March, Annually Thereafter


SYNOPSIS

A well-educated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a significant contributor to maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) [6], [16]

Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of participating groups, including but not limited to partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of STEM faculty and institutional, educational, and social science researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and business, industry, local community organizations, national labs, or other federal or state government organizations, if appropriate. 

The program seeks to 1) increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in S-STEM eligible disciplines and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need; and 3) generate knowledge to advance understanding of how  interventions or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect  the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation of low-income students in STEM.

Scholars must be low-income, academically talented students with unmet financial need who are enrolled in an associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree program, with a major in an S-STEM eligible discipline. 

 

S-STEM Eligible Degree Programs

Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Applied Science

Master of Arts and Master of Science

Doctoral

 

S-STEM Eligible Disciplines

Biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields)

Physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science)

Mathematical sciences

Computer and information sciences

Geosciences

Engineering

Technology fields associated with the disciplines above (e.g. biotechnology,  chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology)

Note that programs in business schools that lead to Bachelor of Arts or Science in Business Administration degrees (BABA/BSBA) are not eligible for S-STEM funding.  Proposers are strongly encouraged to contact Program Officers before submitting a proposal if they have questions concerning degree eligibility.

The S-STEM program particularly encourages proposals from 2-year institutions, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), tribal colleges and universities, and urban and rural public institutions.


What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program

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