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?
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.
Estimated number of awards: 6-8. Anticipated funding amount: $3,050,000.
1. A two page CV
2. A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:
A cover sheet with the project title, your name, department, and campus address, and the title of the program you are responding to.
A brief description (no more than four pages in length) of the proposed project that includes the following sponsor-identified review criteria:
Intellectual merit and overall impact
Is this an innovative effort? Is it likely to enhance the formation of ethical STEM researchers?
Does the project include adequate grounding in the relevant research literature?
Do potential results have promise for broad utility?
Are there adequate supporting materials to document commitment from those individuals and institutions playing a substantive role in the project?
Additional pages may be added for references
Please be sure the project is identified on each page and number the pages.
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