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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. You may also review awards made to each program by following the link to the individual program page, then scrolling to the bottom where you will find a link that displays the awards.

The BP Funding Investment Page provides information on NSF's prior investments of programs and activities to broaden participation in STEM. Information displayed includes NSF's broadening participation funding data presented in NSF's annual budget request to Congress, as well as annual funding reported to Congress on NSF's support of minority-serving institutions.

Focused Programs

These programs have 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.

Focused Programs
PROGRAM NAME Publication No. Directorate Division
ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions 20-554 All All
Advancing Informal STEM Learning 22-626 EHR DRL
Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate 21-576 EHR HRD
Broadening Participation in Computing 21-571 CISE CCF, CNS, IIS
Broadening Participation in Engineering 22-514 ENG EEC
Build and Broaden 3.0 22-530 SBE SMA
Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE) 18-509 EHR, ENG HRD
Computer and Information Science and Engineering Minority-Serving Institutions Research Expansion Program 22-518 CISE CCF, CNS, IIS, OAC
Cultural Transformation in the Geoscience Community 22-562 GEO
Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering 20-5342 ENG CBET
EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1 22-599 All All
EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Bridging EPSCoR Communities 22-536 OIA
Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research: Workshop Opportunities (EPS-WO) 19-588 All All
Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity 21-178Y GEO AGS, EAR, OCE, OPP, RISE
Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Excellence in Research 20-542 All All
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program 20-559 EHR HRD
HSI Program Network Resource Centers and Hubs 22-602 EHR DUE, HRD
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions 22-611 EHR DUE, HRD
Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) 22-622 All All
Leading Culture Change Through Professional Societies of Biology 22-542 BIO DBI
Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation 20-590 EHR HRD
LSAMP National Coordination Hub and Louis Stokes Community Resource Centers 22-584 EHR HRD
Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 22-501 MPS AST, CHE, DMR, DMS, OMA, PHY
MPS-Ascend External Mentoring 22-524 MPS AST, CHE, DMR, DMS, OMA, PHY
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics 22-527 EHR DUE
Partnerships for Research and Education in Chemistry 21-620 MPS CHE
Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials 21-510 MPS DMR
Partnerships for Research and Education in Physics 21-610 MPS PHY
Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education 22-525 MPS AST
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology 22-623 BIO
Racial Equity in STEM Education 22-634 EHR DGE, DRL, DUE, HRD
SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 18-584 SBE SMA
Tribal Colleges and Universities Program 21-595 EHR HRD

Emphasis Programs

These programs have 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.

Emphasis Programs
PROGRAM NAME Publication No. Directorate Division
Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Equity Resource Center 22-556 EHR DRL
Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology 22-500 BIO DBI
Center for Advancement and Synthesis of Open Environmental Data and Sciences 21-549 BIO, CISE DBI, OAC
Centers for Chemical Innovation 22-596 MPS CHE
Computer Science for All 20-539 CISE, EHR CCF, CNS, IIS, OAC, DRL
Discovery Research PreK-12 20-572 EHR DRL
EHR Core Research 21-588 EHR DGE, DRL, DUE, HRD
Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 21-615 BIO, CISE, ENG, GEO, MPS, SBE
Engineering Research Initiation 22-595 ENG CBET, CMMI, ECCS
Expanding Capacity in Quantum Information Science and Engineering 22-561 BIO, CISE, EHR, ENG, MPS, OIA, OISE, SBE
Faculty Early Career Development Program 22-586 All All
Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers 22-580 ENG EEC
Graduate Research Fellowship Program 22-614 All All
Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science Phase II 21-604 CISE, ENG, MPS CCF, ECCS, DMS
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Computing in Undergraduate Education 22-588 CISE, EHR CCF, CNS, IIS, OAC, DUE
Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program 20-595 All All
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers 22-585 EHR DRL
International Research Experiences for Students 20-598 All All
Launching Early-Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences 22-604 MPS AST, CHE, DMR, DMS, PHY
Major Research Instrumentation Program: 18-513 All All
Materials Innovation Platforms 19-526 MPS DMR
Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) 21-625 MPS DMR
Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes 17-553 MPS DMS
Mid-Career Advancement 22-603 BIO, EHR, GEO, OIA, SBE, TIP DBI, DEB, IOS, MCB, DGE, DRL, DUE, HRD, AGS, EAR, OCE, OPP, BCS, SES, SMA
National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure 15-519 All All
National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program 21-536 All All
Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure 15-598 ENG CMMI
NSF Convergence Accelerator 2022 Joint NSF/DOD Phases 1 and 2 for Track G: Securely Operating Through 5G Infrastructure 22-538 O/D
NSF Convergence Accelerator Phases I and II for the 2021 Cohort 21-572 O/D
NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships 22-625 GEO EAR
NSF Innovation Corps Hubs Program 22-566 All All
NSF-Simons Collaboration on a National Institute for Theory and Mathematics in Biology 21-607 BIO, MPS DEB, IOS, MCB, DMS
Partnerships for Innovation 19-506 All All
Physics Frontiers Centers 22-592 MPS PHY
Re-entry to Active Research Program 20-586 ENG, MPS CBET, CHE
Research and Mentoring for Postbaccalaureates in Biological Sciences 22-506 BIO DBI
Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education 22-522 BIO, EHR DBI, DUE
Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science 21-606 CISE, ENG CNS, EEC
Research Experiences for Teachers Sites in Biological Sciences 21-584 BIO DBI
Research Experiences for Undergraduates 22-601 All All
Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program 21-578 EHR DUE
Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships 22-521 All All
Science of Learning and Augmented Intelligence (SL) 19-127Y SBE BCS
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 22-531 EHR DGE, DRL, DUE, HRD
Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Frontiers 21-597 CISE, EHR, ENG, MPS, SBE CCF, CNS, IIS, OAC, DGE, ECCS, DMS, BCS, SES

Dear Colleague Letters

Dear Colleague Letters
PROGRAM NAME Publication No. Directorate Division
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Supplemental Funding in Computer and Information Science and Engineering NSF 22-049 CISE ALL
Human-Environment & Geographical Sciences (HEGS) Research Experience for Graduates (REG) and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Supplements NSF 22-048 SBE BCS
Directorate of Geosciences-Veterans Education and Training Supplement (GEO-VETS) Opportunities NSF 22-044 GEO ALL
Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Supplement Opportunity NSF 22-043 GEO ALL
High School Student Research Assistantships (MPS-High) Funding to Broaden Participation in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences NSF 22-041 MPS ALL
Opportunities for Research and Education in the Critical-Zone (ORE-CZ) NSF 22-025 EHR, GEO HRD, EAR
Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation Planning Grants to Promote Diverse Participation NSF 22-019 ENG EFMA
Opportunity for Active EFRI, ERC and IUCRC Awardees to Apply for Supplemental Funding through the Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) Program NSF 21-121 ENG EEC
Research to Improve STEM Teaching, Learning, and Workforce Development for Persons with Disabilities NSF 21-114 EHR ALL
Persons with Disabilities - STEM Engagement and Access (PWD-SEA) NSF 21-110 EHR HRD
Research Experience for Post-Baccalaureate Students (REPS) in the Biological Sciences Supplemental Funding Opportunity NSF 21-085 BIO ALL
Supplements to Broaden Networks and Partnerships Between NSF's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Research Infrastructure Improvement Program (RII) Track-2 Projects and Minority Serving Institutions NSF 21-078 OD OIA
A New Supplemental Funding Opportunity for Skills Training in Advanced Research & Technology (START) NSF 21-076 All All
Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity - Expanding the Network (GOLD-EN) NSF 21-071 GEO All
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Supplemental Funding for the NSF Future of Work at the Human Technology Frontier: Core Research Program NSF 21-063 EHR, ENG, CISE, SBE, OD ALL
PHY Supplements: Growing a Strong, Diverse Workforce NSF 21-065 MPS PHY
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites Supplemental Funding for Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) Scholars in Computer and Information Science and Engineering NSF 21-047 EHR, CISE DUE, CNS
Advancing Quantum Education and Workforce Development NSF 21-033 EHR All
Research Internships for Graduate Students at Air Force Research Laboratory (NSF-AFRL INTERN) Supplemental Funding Opportunity NSF 21-029 All All
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Supplemental Funding in Computer and Information Science and Engineering NSF 21-028 CISE All
Broadening Participation in STEM Entrepreneurship and Innovation (BPINNOVATE) NSF 21-023 SBE, EHR, ENG, OIA, CISE All
Career-Life Balance (CLB) Supplemental Funding Requests NSF 21-021 ALL ALL
Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) Supplemental Funding Opportunity NSF 21-013 All All
Opportunity for Active EFRI and ERC Awardees to Apply for Supplemental Funding through the Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) Program NSF 20-117 ENG All
Veterans Research Supplement (VRS) Program NSF 20-111 CISE All
MPS Graduate Research Supplement for Veterans (MPS-GRSV) NSF 20-097 MPS All
MPS Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate - Graduate Research Supplements NSF 20-083 MPS AST, CHE, DMR, DMS, PHY
Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) NSF 20-559 EHR HRD
Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity - Expanding the Network (GOLD-EN) NSF 20-058 GEO All
Build and Broaden: Enabling New Social, Behavioral and Economic Science Collaborations with Minority-Serving Institutions NSF 20-048 SBE All

Research on Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Harassment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Contexts

NSF 19-053 All All
Supporting the Re-Entry of Women and Women Veterans in the STEM Workforce through NSF INCLUDES NSF 19-038 EHR HRD
Research to Improve STEM Teaching and Learning, and Workforce Development for Persons with Disabilities NSF 19-033 EHR HRD, DRL
Research Experience for Teachers (RET): Funding Opportunity in the Biological Sciences NSF 18-089 BIO All
Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS) - BIO supplements NSF 18-088 BIO All

Inquiries

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

Dr. Alicia J. Knoedler
National Science Foundation
Phone: 703-292-8040
E-mail: broadpart@nsf.gov