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

S-STEM Solicitation Under Revision

NSF 20-526 is no longer current and proposals will not be accepted under this solicitation.  A new S-STEM solicitation will be available soon. Please check this website for updates.

Name Email Phone Room
Alexandra  Medina-Borja (703) 292-7557   
Keith  Sverdrup (703) 292-4671   
Sami  Rollins (703) 292-7133   
Michael  J. Ferrara (703) 292-2635   
Michelle  M. Camacho- Walter (703) 292-8718   
Connie  K. Della-Piana (703) 292-5309   
Thomas  B. Higgins (703) 292-2937   
Abiodun (Abby)  Ilumoka (703) 292-2703   
John  Jackman (703) 292-4816   
Karen  A. Keene (703) 292-2482   
Jennifer  E. Lewis (703) 292-2938   
Andrea  L. Nixon (703) 292-5323   
Mark  A. Pauley (703) 292-8658   
Pushpa  Ramakrishna (703) 292-2943   
Dawn  M. Rickey (703) 292-4674   


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.


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) [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



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



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