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Broadening Participation Portfolio

Background

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.

The portfolio represented below is divided into three categories: (1) programs that are primarily focused on broadening participation, (2) programs that have broadening participation as one of several emphases, and (3) Dear Colleague Letters expressing interest in specific aspects of broadening participation.

Focused Programs
Programs with an explicit broadening participation program goal. The majority of each award's budget goes to broadening participation activities, and could involve research on the topic.

PROGRAM NAME Publication No. Directorate Division

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)

17-522 All All
       

ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers

16-594 All All
       

Broadening Participation in Engineering

16-7680 ENG EEC
       

Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE)

16-525 EHR, ENG HRD
       

Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering

17-5342 ENG CBET
       

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-3: Building Diverse Communities

13-553 OIA  
       

Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research: Workshop Opportunities (EPS-WO)

12-588 All All
       

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program

16-538 EHR HRD
       

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation

15-594 EHR HRD
       

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

17-527 EHR DUE
       

Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials

14-606 MPS DMR
       

Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education

13-566 MPS AST
       

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology

15-501 BIO  
       

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)

16-534 EHR HRD
       

SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

16-590 SBE SMA
       

Tribal Colleges and Universities Program

16-531 EHR, ENG, GEO, SBE HRD, EEC, BCS
 

Emphasis Programs
Programs with an additional review criterion on broadening participation. All awards have broadening participation components (e.g., a project diversity plan) along with components not necessarily related to broadening participation.

PROGRAM NAME Publication No. Directorate Division

Advancing Informal STEM Learning

15-593 EHR DRL
       

Computer Science for All

17-525 CISE, EHR CCF, CNS, IIS, DRL
       

EMERGING FRONTIERS IN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION 2017

16-612 CISE, ENG, MPS CCF, EFMA, DMR, DMS, PHY
       

Gen-3 Engineering Research Centers

15-589 ENG EEC
       

Graduate Research Fellowship Program

16-588 All All
       

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers

15-599 EHR DRL
       

International Research Experiences for Students

12-551 All All
       

Major Research Instrumentation Program:

15-504 All All
       

Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers

16-545 MPS DMR
       

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

13-542 All All
       

Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships

14-600 All All
       

Science of Learning

16-004Y SBE BCS
 

Dear Colleague Letters

PROGRAM NAME Publication No. Directorate Division

Life STEM

DCL 16-143

EHR

All

       

Strengthening Transfer of Students from Two-year Hispanic-serving Institutions to Four-year STEM Programs

DCL 16-094

EHR

DUE, HRD

       

Strengthening Research Capacity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

DCL 16-080

All

All

       

Fundamental Research to Improve STEM Teaching and Learning, and Workforce Development for Persons with Disabilities within the EHR Core Research Program

DCL 16-064

EHR

HRD, DRL

       

Stimulating Research on Effective Strategies in Undergraduate STEM Education at Two-Year Hispanic Serving Institutions

DCL 15-078

All

All

       

Stimulating Research Related to the Science of Broadening Participation

DCL 15-066

SBE, EHR

All

       

Effort to Broaden the Participation of Students in Two-Year Hispanic Serving Institutions in Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics (STEM)

DCL 15-063

All

All

       

Veterans Research Supplement Program (VRS)

DCL 14-124

ENG

EEC, IIP

       

Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS): Supplemental Funding to Current SBIR/STTR Phase II Awards to Broaden Participation in Science and Engineering

DCL 14-073

ENG

IIP

       

Career-Life Balance (CLB) Supplemental Funding Opportunities in Support of Postdoctoral Investigators Funded by NSF Awards

DCL 13-109

All

All

       

Career-Life Balance (CLB) - Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Supplemental Funding Requests

DCL 13-099

All

All

       

Balancing the Scale: NSF's Career-Life Balance (CLB) Initiative

N/A

All

All

       

Career-Life Balance (CLB) Initiative

DCL 13-075

All

All

       

MPS Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate - Graduate Research Supplements

DCL 13-071

MPS

AST, CHE, DMR, DMS, PHY

       

Announcement of Efforts to Increase Hispanic Participation in STEM Fields

DCL 12-081

BIO, CISE, EHR, ENG

All

       

Research Assistantships for High School Students RAHSS) - BIO supplements

DCL 12-078

BIO

All

       

Research Experience for Teachers (RET): Funding Opportunity in the Biological Sciences

DCL 12-075

BIO

All

       

Engineering Research Experiences for Veterans

DCL 12-074

ENG

CMMI, CBET, ECCS

       

Research Experiences for Veterans/Teachers

DCL 12-073

ENG

All

       

Supplemental Opportunity for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer for CREST/HBCU-RISE Collaborations

DCL 12-069

ENG, EHR

IIP, HRD

       

SBIR/STTR Supplemental Funding for Community College Research Teams

DCL 08-029

ENG, EHR

IIP, HRD, DUE

       

Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS) - SBIR/STTR Phase II Supplements

DCL 06-003

ENG

IIP

 

Inquiries

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

Dr. Suzanne Iacono
National Science Foundation
Phone: 703-292-8040
E-mail: broadpart@nsf.gov