National Science Foundation

NSF: Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

Program Summary

AGEP is committed to the national goal of increasing the numbers of underrepresented minorities (URMs), including those with disabilities, entering and completing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate education and postdoctoral training to levels representative of the available pool. URMs include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Increased URM participation in advanced STEM education and training is critical for supporting the development of a diverse professional STEM workforce especially a diverse STEM faculty who serve as the intellectual, professional, personal, and organizational role models that shape the expectations of future scientists and engineers. To achieve this long term goal, the AGEP program will support the development, implementation, study, and dissemination of innovative models and standards of graduate education and postdoctoral training that are designed to improve URM participation, preparation, and success.

AGEP intends to support the following types of projects:


The AGEP program does not make awards to individual students or postdocs to undertake their education or research activities. 

AGEP-Transformation - An institution or organization may serve as the lead on one AGEP-Transformation collaborative proposal. An institution or organization may be a partner in multiple AGEP-Transformation projects; however the projects must be distinct and not overlap or have similar activities or education research components. Each AGEP-Transformation alliance partner must simultaneously submit proposals as part of one collaborative proposal.  Institutions and organizations involved in AGEP-Transformation projects may also participate in AGEP-KAT and AGEP-BPR projects.

AGEP-KAT and AGEP-BPR - There are no limits on the number of proposals that can be submitted; however the projects must be distinct and not overlap or have similar activities or education research components with proposals in other AGEP tracks.

Award Information

Up to 5 AGEP-Transformation awards, about 2 AGEP-KAT awards, and about 4 AGEP-BPR awards are anticipated in FY 2014 pending the availability of funds and the quality of the competition.  Anticipated Funding Amount: $4,800,000 Approximately $4,800,000 in FY 2014 for new AGEP awards pending the availability of funds.

If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please contact John Keller ( / 335-2142), Graduate College Dean.


Date Due to DSP or UIF01/29/2014
Date Due to Sponsor02/05/2014
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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