National Science Foundation

NSF: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)

Program Summary

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?
Successful proposals will include a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or other factors.

CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.


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

The anticipated funding amount each year is $3,050,000 for an estimated 6-8 Standard Grants. The maximum award duration is 5 years.

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 Tuesday, December 9, 2014. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Thursday, March 12, 2015. 

Proposal Due to OVPRED12/09/2014 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF03/05/2015
Date Due to Sponsor03/12/2015
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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