Division of Undergraduate Education
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)
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.
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.
|Alexandra Medina-Borjafirstname.lastname@example.org||(703) 292-7557|
|Keith Sverdrupemail@example.com||(703) 292-4671|
|Sami Rollinsfirstname.lastname@example.org||(703) 292-7133|
|Michael J. Ferraraemail@example.com||(703) 292-2635|
|Michelle M. Camacho- Walterfirstname.lastname@example.org||(703) 292-8718|
|Connie K. Della-Pianaemail@example.com||(703) 292-5309|
|Thomas B. Higginsfirstname.lastname@example.org||(703) 292-2937|
|Abiodun (Abby) Ilumokaemail@example.com||(703) 292-2703|
|John Jackmanfirstname.lastname@example.org||(703) 292-4816|
|Karen A. Keeneemail@example.com||(703) 292-2482|
|Jennifer E. Lewisfirstname.lastname@example.org||(703) 292-2938|
|Andrea L. Nixonemail@example.com||(703) 292-5323|
|Mark A. Pauleyfirstname.lastname@example.org||(703) 292-8658|
|Pushpa Ramakrishnaemail@example.com||(703) 292-2943|
|Dawn M. Rickeyfirstname.lastname@example.org||(703) 292-4674|
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.
Full Proposal Deadline Date
March 31, 2021
Last Wednesday in March, Annually Thereafter
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) , .
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
S-STEM Eligible Disciplines
Biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields)
Physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science)
Computer and information sciences
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.