National Science Foundation

NSF STEP Update: Special Funding Focus on Retention in Engineering and Computer Science

Revision Announcement

The NSF has issued an update to the NSF STEP program announcing cooperative activity between NSF and members of the Jobs Council's High Tech Education working group to stimulate comprehensive action at universities and colleges to help increase the annual number of new B.S. graduates in engineering and computer science by 10,000.  The NSF deadline has been extended to December 10, 2012, and includes the "traditional" type 1 proposal and a second proposal for the special funding focus.

This WINS announcement is for proposals for support of projects under the special funding focus (Graduate 10K+) within the NSF STEP Program. Only one "Special Funding Focus on Retention in Engineering and Computer Science" aka "Graduate 10K+" is allowed.  The "traditional" type 1 UI applicant has been determined and is closed in WINS.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Program Summary

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) seeks to increase the number of students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Type 1 proposals are solicited that provide for full implementation efforts at academic institutions. Type 2 proposals are solicited that support educational research projects on associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM.

Special Type 1 Funding Focus on Retention in Engineering and Computer Science in FY13: In FY13, NSF especially encourages Type 1A or Type 1B projects that are committed to producing significant improvements in first and second year retention rates in engineering or computer science, under a special track (Graduate 10K+). Support for this track is anticipated to come from a cooperative activity between NSF and members of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (Jobs Council) aimed at increasing the annual number of new B.S. graduates in engineering and computer science by 10,000 (see http://www.jobs-council.com/about/). The number of awards to be made in "Graduate 10K+" is contingent upon the availability of funds.

Eligibility

Type 1 proposals are solicited that provide for full implementation efforts at academic institutions. Type 2 proposals are solicited that support educational research projects on associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM.

Projects may involve a single institution, collaboration with business and industry partners, or collaboration among several institutions. For example, projects may include collaborative efforts that improve the transition of students among the collaborating institutions, such as transfer between two- and four-year institutions.

Type 2 proposals are invited from any individual or organization eligible to submit proposals to the NSF.

Limitation:

One "traditional" Type 1 (closed) and one Type 1 "Special Funding Focus on Retention in Engineering and Computer Science" aka "Graduate 10K+" (open) per University.

There are no restrictions on the number of Type 2 proposals that an individual or organization may submit.

Award Information

 Internal Selection Procedure

The UI Vice President for Research Office has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
 
1. A two page CV
2. A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:

The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., on Monday, October 15, 2012. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Monday, December 10, 2012.

Proposal due for preselection10/15/2012 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to Sponsor12/10/2012
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
Email:cheryl-a-ridgeway@uiowa.edu
Phone:319-384-3332
Sponsor URL:http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11550/nsf11550.htm

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