National Science Foundation

NSF ADVANCE: Increasing Participation & Advancement of Women in Academic Sci & Engineering Careers

Program Summary

The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE also has as its goal to seminally contribute to and inform the general knowledge base on gender equity in the academic STEM disciplines.

To this end, ADVANCE will support the following types of projects:

Institutional Transformation (IT)  Institutional Transformation awards are expected to include innovative and systemic organizational approaches to transform institutions of higher education in ways that will increase the participation and advancement of women in STEM academic careers. These awards support comprehensive programs for institution-wide change.

Institutional Transformation Catalyst (IT-Catalyst, formerly IT-Start)  IT-Catalyst awards are designed to support historically resource-challenged institutions in their efforts to conduct institutional self-assessment activities (i.e., data collection, data analysis, policy review) in order to identify specific issues in the recruitment, retention and promotion of women faculty in STEM disciplines.

Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID)  Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination awards may focus on one institution or organization, or they may be a partnership between several institutions and/or organizations. PAID projects can focus on all STEM disciplines, several disciplines, or only one discipline, including the social and behavioral sciences. Projects may have an international, national, regional or local scope.


Proposer organizations may submit only one Institutional Transformation proposal or one IT-Catalyst proposal. There is no limit on the number of PAID proposals that can be submitted.

Institutional Transformation (IT) Institutions of higher education that have received an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award are not eligible to apply for another Institutional Transformation award. Organizations that received an IT-Catalyst (formerly IT-Start) or PAID award are eligible to apply for an Institutional Transformation award. However, the proposed goals, objectives or strategies in the proposed IT must be distinctly different from the prior PAID award and devoid of any overlap. It is not necessary to have had an IT-Start or IT-Catalyst award in order to submit an Institutional Transformation proposal.

Institutional Transformation-Catalyst  Institutions applying for IT-Catalyst awards are expected to demonstrate institutional need within the proposal. Such need should be unrelated to recent national or state occurrences (e.g., decreased state funding, national economic disaster, etc.) unless an institution is disproportionately impacted by such circumstances. The institution's need for external resources to undertake institutional self assessment and policy review will specifically be evaluated using additional ADVANCE merit review criteria.

Institutions of higher education that have received an NSF ADVANCE IT or PAID award are not eligible to apply for an IT-Catalyst award.

Award Information

The total number of awards to be made under this solicitation is estimated to be 22. NSF expects to make: Approximately six (6) Institutional Transformation five-year awards, at various award sizes; Up to six (6) IT-Catalyst awards with durations of two years and total budgets of approximately $200,000 each; and up to ten (10) PAID awards, of various durations, not exceeding a maximum of $750,000 for 5 years.

To comply with the limitation of one submission per organization, please contact Cheryl Ridgeway ( or 384-3332) in the Office of the Vice President for Research, if you are interested in applying.

Date Due to DSP or UIF09/27/2013
Date Due to Sponsor10/04/2013
Required LOI Due Date10/04/2013
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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