Math and Science Partnership
The Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program is a national effort to unite the activities of higher education, school systems and other partners in support of preK-12 students and teachers. Envisioned as a five-year effort, the program is part of President Bush's No Child Left Behind initiative to strengthen and reform education.
MSP seeks to serve all students by supporting partnerships that will:
NSF's five-year effort includes an estimated investment of $1 billion in mathematics and science education. The fiscal 2002 appropriation is $160 million, to support comprehensive and targeted awards as well as research and evaluation. NSF's 2003 budget request includes $200 million for the second year of the program.
The MSP will support two types of partnerships in 2002 which will vary on the range and scale of activities. Comprehensive awards will be funded for a five-year period and be worth up to $7 million annually. Targeted awards will be directed at specific issues in preK-12 science or mathematics education and will range from $100,000 to $1.5 million for each year up to five years.
The partnerships will be results-oriented, accountable collaborations well-grounded in sound educational practices that are expected to achieve the following:
Higher education will play a critical role in preK-12 education reform. Experts in science, mathematics, engineering and technology disciplines will be involved in preparing the next generation of teachers as well as supporting those already in the classroom. This will be done through:
For more information, see http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=EHR.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
Useful NSF Web Sites: