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Broadening Participation at NSF

BP Investments

Funding Investments in NSF's Broadening Participation Activities

Annually, NSF provides two documents that demonstrate its funding of Broadening Participation activities, which are:

  • NSF Programs to Broaden Participation Budget Summary Table (BP Summary Table)
  • NSF Report to Congress on Annual Funding to Minority-Serving Institutions (in accordance with P.L. 107-368, Section 18)

NSF's annual funding data for these documents is provided in the table below.

Fiscal Year NSF Budget Request - Programs to Broaden Participation Summary Table
(prospective funding estimates)

NSF Annual Report to Congress on Funding of MSIs (retrospective funding data)

2004 Not Available PDF File (Download)
2005 Not Available PDF File (Download)
2006 Excel table (Download) PDF File (Download)
2007 Excel table (Download) PDF File (Download)
2008 Excel table (Download) PDF File (Download)
2009 Excel table (Download) PDF File (Download)
2010 Excel table (Download) PDF File (Download)
2011 Excel table (Download) PDF File (Download)
2012 Excel table (Download) PDF File (Download)
2013 Excel table (Download) PDF File (Download)
2014 Excel table (Download) PDF File (Download)
2015 Excel table (Download) PDF File (Download)
2016 Excel table (Download) PDF File (Download)
2017 Excel table (Download) PDF File (Download)
2018 Excel table (Download) PDF File (Download)
2019 Excel table (Download) PDF File (Download)
2020 Excel table (Download) N/A
2021 Excel table (Download) N/A
2022 Excel table (Download) N/A


Context for NSF's BP Summary Table

Budgetarily, NSF has taken a variety of approaches to broaden participation across its many programs. While broadening participation is included in the NSF review criteria, some program announcements and solicitations go beyond the standard criteria. They range from encouraging language to specific requirements. Investments range from capacity building, research centers, partnerships, and alliances to the use of co-funding or supplements to existing awards in the core research programs. NSF's broadening participation portfolio can be divided into three categories: (1) Focused, (2) Emphases, and (3) Geographic Diversity.

Since FY 2014, NSF's BP Summary Table is developed using the three BP categories identified above. The methodology impacts the percentage of program funding to estimate the degree to which a specific program contributes to NSF activities to broaden participation in STEM.

BP Focused Programs

Focused Programs have broadening participation as an explicit goal of the program and are included at 100 percent of their funding.

BP Emphasis Programs

Emphasis Programs have broadening participation as one of several emphases, but broadening participation is not an explicit goal of the program. These programs are included at a percentage of their funding level. The percentage used equals the 3-year average percentage of the programs' award portfolio that meets one the following criteria where an award:

  • Was to a Minority Serving Institution (MSI);
  • Had at least 50 percent of its principal investigators from an underrepresented group; or
  • Had at least 50 percent of the students or postdocs supported by the grant reporting themselves as members of an underrepresented group on project reports.

BP Geographic Diversity Program

NSF's Geographic Diversity Program, Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), has geographic diversity as an explicit goal of the program and is included at 100 percent of its funding.


For further information concerning NSF's Broadening Participation programs, please contact:

Dr. Alicia J. Knoedler
National Science Foundation
Phone: 703-292-8040