ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions  (ADVANCE) NSF Wide Programs

ADVANCE Program Proposal Preparation Webinar and link to FAQs

The ADVANCE program has published a Webinar on proposal preparation for ADVANCE solicitation NSF 19-552. You may view the video here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the ADVANCE solicitation NSF 19-552.  Please review for potential answers to your questions.

ADVANCE Program Information

The ADVANCE program seeks to develop systemic approaches to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers. For more information on the program, please view the ADVANCE brochure here.

Name Email Phone Room
Erika  . Camacho (703)292-7377   
Jessie  DeAro (703) 292-5350   


Solicitation  19-552

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 Target Date

    March 2, 2020

        Institutional Transformation proposals - only IHEs invited as a result of an IT-Preliminary proposal may submit a full IT proposal


The NSF ADVANCE program contributes to the National Science Foundation's goal of a more diverse and capable science and engineering workforce.[1]  In this solicitation, the NSF ADVANCE program seeks to build on prior NSF ADVANCE work and other research and literature concerning gender, racial, and ethnic equity.  The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM [2] faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession.  The NSF ADVANCE program provides grants to enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and to mitigate the systemic factors that create inequities in the academic profession and workplaces.  Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate.  For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement, and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards.  Similarly, policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could lead to women and racial and ethnic minorities being evaluated less favorably, perpetuating historical under-participation in STEM academic careers and contributing to an academic climate that is not inclusive. 

All NSF ADVANCE proposals are expected to use intersectional approaches in the design of systemic change strategies for STEM faculty in recognition that gender, race and ethnicity do not exist in isolation from each other and from other categories of social identity.  The solicitation includes four funding tracks Institutional Transformation (IT), Adaptation, Partnership, and Catalyst, in support of the NSF ADVANCE program goal to broaden the implementation of systemic strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty.

Please note that NSF ADVANCE does not provide fellowships, research, or travel grants to individual students, postdoctoral  researchers, or faculty to pursue STEM degrees or research.  Undergraduate STEM opportunities can be found at and graduate STEM opportunities at

[1] Building the Future Investing in Innovation and Discovery: NSF Strategic Plan 2018-2022.

[2] All the STEM fields supported by NSF are supported by the ADVANCE program including the learning, social, behavioral, and economic sciences.  ADVANCE does not support the clinical science fields.



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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program