Exploring NSF Funding Opportunities
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Exploring NSF Funding Opportunities Stephen Joan Harriet Cooper Peckham Taylor Division of Division of Division of Undergraduate Computer & Computer & Education Network Systems Network Systems email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com National Science Foundation 5 March 2009 http://www.nsf.gov/ 1 NSF Mission “To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense; and for other purposes” (NSF Act of 1950) 2 NSF Impact With an annual budget of over $6.0 billion, NSF is the funding source for about 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. (NSF at a Glance – NSF Home page – FY 2009) 3 So, what’s that about the $3B stimulus? Image from http://caosblog.com/2459 4 What NSF knows We don’t yet know where the money will be directed Some programs will likely benefit (much) more than others 5 The NSF Structure 6 NSF Process “NSF’s merit review process is the keystone for award selection … NSF uses merit review to select about 10,000 new awards each year from more than 42,000 competitive proposals submitted … annually …” NSF Strategic Plan FY2003-08, p. 4, 21, 26 Credit: Garie Fordyce, National Science Foundation 7 Purpose of this session To share information about several specific NSF programs from which you may wish to seek funding 8 Some tips in seeking funding Get copies of previously funded proposals Directly from the PI From Leslie Jensen (firstname.lastname@example.org) Contact a program officer offering to review proposals Discuss your idea with an NSF PO 9 Some tips in seeking funding Find a partner, colleague, or collaborator Get friends to “pre-review” your proposal If you are at a predominantly undergraduate institution*: Get a Research Opportunity Award Submit an RUI proposal * And are submitting a proposal to a research directorate, e.g. CISE 10 Some tips in seeking funding Stop by the NSF CCLI/CPATH showcase to talk with PIs about their funded projects Thursday 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM Friday 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Friday 2:45 PM to 4:15 PM Saturday 10:10 AM to 11:40 AM 11 NSF Programs Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) •CCLI seeks to improve the quality of STEM education for all students by targeting activities affecting learning environments, course content, curricula, and educational practices •Supports projects at all levels of undergraduate education •Supports activities in the classroom, laboratory, and field settings •NSF 09-529, CCLI Phase 1 May 21, 2009 13 CCLI Goals and Objectives: A New Emphasis Provide a framework for projects to maximize their effectiveness in improving undergraduate STEM education Increase the emphasis on projects that build on prior work and contribute to the knowledge base of STEM education research and practice Contribute to building a community of scholars who work in related areas of education Explicitly identify a set of measurable outcomes that will be used in the project management and evaluation 14 CCLI: Organized Cycle of Innovation into 5 Components Creating New Learning Materials and Teaching Strategies Conducting Research Developing Faculty on Undergraduate Expertise STEM Education Assessing Student Implementing Achievement Educational Innovations 15 CCLI: 3 Types Type 1 Projects Involve exploratory, initial investigation or adaptation in one of the component areas. Type 2 Projects Build on smaller scale but proven innovations, refine and test innovations on diverse users, impact multiple components Type 3 Projects Several diverse institutions, evaluation or assessment activities–deep & broad, combine proven results and mature innovations from several component areas. 16 NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Goal: Provides institutions funds to provide scholarships to academically talented, but financial needy, students. Students can be pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees. •NSF 07-524 Letter of Intent July 10, 2008 Full Proposal August 12, 2008 •New solicitation will be available soon 17 S-STEM Eligible disciplines extended to include biology, physical and mathematical sciences, computer and information sciences, geosciences, and engineering Maximum scholarships increased to $10,000 (but still based on financial need) Grant size increased to $600,000 One proposal per constituent school or college About $50-$70 million available 18 S-STEM Special Program Features Has a faculty member in a STEM discipline as the PI. Involves cohorts of students. Provides student support structures. Includes optional enhancements such as research opportunities, tutoring, internships, etc. Enrolls students full time. 19 Innovative Technology Experiences for Students & Teachers (ITEST) Located within the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) Appropriate for colleges involved in outreach with the K-12 communities You may also wish to look at REESE or DRK-12 NSF 08-526 Letters of intent due January 19, 2010 Full Proposal February 12, 2010 20 ITEST Greater emphasis on a “knowledge base” Three types of projects Strategies (up to $1,500,000) Design, implementation, and evaluation of models for classroom, after-school, summer, virtual, and/or year-round learning experiences for students and/or teachers to encourage students’ readiness for, and their interest and participation in, the STEM workforce. 21 ITEST Three types of projects Scale Up (up to $2,500,000) Expanding successful projects into a large-scale setting such as a state or national level based on evidence of demonstrated success Studies (up to $1,500,000) Research projects to enrich understanding of issues related to enlarging the STEM workforce, including efficacy and effectiveness studies of intervention models, longitudinal studies, development of instruments to assess engagement, persistence, and other relevant constructs, or studies to identify predictors of student inclination to pursue STEM career trajectories. 22 Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) Co-sponsored by NSF and the Department of Homeland Security Goal: protect the nation’s critical computer infrastructure, systems, and networks Objective: Increase supply of Information Assurance (IA) professionals in Federal Service Search NSF website for NSF08600 23 SFS Institution Requirements Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE): see http://www.nsa.gov/ia/academia/caeiae.cfm Can partner with a CAEIAE institution 24 SFS Tracks Two tracks: Capacity Building Scholarship 25 SFS Capacity Building Track increase faculty capabilities, or strengthen partnerships between institutions of higher education, government, and relevant employment sectors Faculty development was FY09 priority: Institutional faculty development Technical experiences for faculty 26 SFS Scholarship Track Provides scholarships to students in IA programs of study BS/BA, MS, or PhD IA programs are eligible Scholarships cover last two years of study Full tuition and fees, room and board, books, and a stipend ($8K or $12K) 27 Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Goal: Educate technicians for the high-tech fields that drive our nation’s economy Sample activities: Curriculum development Faculty professional development Building career pathways Search NSF website for NSF07530 28 ATE Institution Requirements Focus is on two-year colleges All proposals are expected to include one or more two-year colleges in leadership roles A consortium of institutions may also apply 29 ATE Tracks Projects Program improvement Professional development for educators Curriculum and educational materials development Teacher preparation Small grants to new awardees 30 ATE Tracks ATE Centers National Centers of Excellence Regional Centers of Excellence Resource Centers Targeted research on technician education 31 ATE Projects Track Program improvement Goal: Increase relevance of technician education to modern practices and provide a larger pool of skilled technicians Project must involve employers Curriculum model developed will be disseminated broadly 32 ATE Projects Track Professional Development for Educators Focus on technical growth opportunities for current secondary school teachers and two-year college faculty Collaboration between secondary teachers and two-year faculty is encouraged 33 ATE Projects Track Curriculum and Educational Materials Development Develop new print, electronic, and multimedia materials Improve learning environment and course content Input from business, industry, and government is expected 34 ATE Projects Track Teacher preparation … Small grants Focus on community colleges that have little or no previous ATE grant experience Designed to stimulate implementation, adaptation, and innovation in tech. education 35 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) Goal: increase the number of students receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in STEM Search NSF website for NSF08569 Proposals due September 29, 2009 36 STEP Tracks Type 1: Implement strategies that will increase the number of students obtaining STEM degrees. (If you have already had a Type 1 award, see the solicitation) Type 2: Conduct research on factors affecting associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM 37 STEP Type 1 Possible project activities: Focus directly on student learning Incorporate current technology Develop interdisciplinary approaches Offer bridge programs Increases in a particular field must not be at the expense of other fields! 38 Ed Opportunities in CISE Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate Three divisions Computer and Network Systems Computing and Communications Foundations Information and Intelligent Systems Most educational programs cross-cutting cise.nsf.gov 39 CPATH CISE Pathways to Revitalized Undergraduate Computing Education Transform undergrad education on a national scale Apply Computational Thinking to a broad range of disciplines Proposals due April 28, 2009 40 CPATH Funding 2007 - 29 projects funded– 42 awards $6M CPATH funds $5M Educational opportunity funds Focus on seeding communities around innovative ideas 2008 – 15 projects funded - 17 awards $5M CPATH funds Focus on planning for implementation of best ideas 2009 - $10M projected! Room for many more projects 41 CPATH Projects in 25 States 42 CPATH Projects 43 New for CPATH 2009 2 classes of proposals Class 1 projects – under $300K Class 2 projects – under $800K Budget reflects scope and size of project Emphasis on Computational Thinking concepts and competencies – must be part of the foundation of all projects Still promotes Community Building and Institutional Transformation activities Collaboration with partners and other disciplines encouraged Seeks innovative models that can be replicated and adapted Supports communities adapting or adopting models 44 CPATH Information CISE CPATH web site (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=50002 5&org=CISE&from=home) 2007 and 2008 Portfolio information FAQ CPATH focused session at 1:45 (Ballroom E) Several Computational Thinking sessions Many sessions include CPATH Projects CPATH projects in NSF showcase 45 REU Sites Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites Institutions host cohorts of 8-10 students for summer research At least half of the students from other places Students receive stipend, housing, food, professional development, grad school prep CISE supports 47 sites in 23 states 46 CISE REU Sites CISE REU Sites List http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.cfm?unitid=5049 48 Ways you can participate Encourage your students to apply Submit proposal to host a site Serve as a mentor Visit a site 49 2009 REU Site Proposals Due August 18, 2009 (anticipated) CISE funding limitations (send email to email@example.com for info sheet) Research and student management aspects both very important 50 Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Seeks to increase number of citizens earning computing degrees Focus on 5 under-represented groups Intervention implementation focus Proposals due May 13 51 BPC Project Types Alliance and Alliance Extensions Leveraging, Scaling, or Adapting Demonstration Projects Scope and size of project, single or multiple institutions determine which type 52 BPC Projects Concentrate on points all along academic pipeline Not a scholarship program – other types of activities shown thru research to be effective Recruiting, mentoring, and retaining students 53 CISE Core Programs Combined Computer and Communications (CCF) Core Algorithmic Foundations Communication and Information Foundations Software and Hardware Foundations Computer and Network Systems (CNS) Core Computer Systems Research Network Systems Research Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) Core Human-Centered Computing Information Integration and Informatics Robust Intelligence Small (December), Medium (August), Large (November) 54 THANKS We’ll be at the NSF CCLI/CPATH showcase in the Exhibits area during the breaks. Please stop by!