National Science Foundation

NSF: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)

Program Summary

In this solicitation, significant changes have been made to the long-standing Ethics Education and Science and Engineering (EESE) program. To better reflect the program's new focus, we have decided to change its title to Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM). Whereas EESE was centered on graduate education, this new solicitation is directed towards research that addresses the formation of ethical STEM students, faculty, and researchers at all levels, through a variety of means beyond conventional classroom instruction.

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice? Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings? 

Eligibility

An eligible organization may submit only one proposal as the lead organization. There is no limit on the number of proposals under which an organization may be included as a non-lead collaborator or sub-awardee.

Award Information

Estimated number of awards: 6-8.  Anticipated funding amount: $3,050,000.

Internal Selection Procedure
 
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development 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:
  1. Additional pages may be added for references
  2. Please be sure the project is identified on each page and number the pages. 
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

 

Proposal Due to OVPRED04/24/2014 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF06/10/2014
Date Due to Sponsor06/17/2014
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/2014/nsf14546/nsf14546.htm

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