National Science Foundation
NSF STEP: Special Funding Focus on Retention in Engineering and Computer Science
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.
One Type 1
(University of Iowa applicant has been determined)
and one Type 1 "Special Funding Focus on Retention in Engineering and Computer Science" aka "Graduate 10K+"
There are no restrictions on the number of Type 2 proposals that an individual or organization may submit.
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.
Grant duration for Type 1A and 1B awards is expected to be 5 years, with the final 2 years of funding contingent on determination that satisfactory progress has been made by the awardee during the first 3 years. The level of funding for which institutions can apply is based on their total enrollments of undergraduate students (full-time equivalents). Institutions enrolling 5,000 or fewer undergraduate students may request up to a total of $500,000 for a period of five years, those enrolling between 5000 and 15,000 undergraduate students may request up to a total of $1.0 million for five years, and those enrolling more than 15,000 undergraduate students may request up to a total of $2.0 million for five years.
To ensure compliance with the limitation of one submission per university, please contact Cheryl Ridgeway (
or 384-3332) in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, by Tuesday, October 8, if you are interested in applying.
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