OSP FO# 11-006

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR)/Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL)

PROGRAM: Transforming STEM Learning (TSL)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to explore the opportunities and challenges implied by innovative visions of the future for STEM learning. The TSL program invites interdisciplinary teams to submit proposals for research projects that (1) study efficacy of existing prototypes for innovations like virtual schools, special STEM schools, and educational programs that combine opportunities of formal and informal learning resources in their communities; or (2) design and conduct exploratory development of new potentially transformative models for STEM learning environments.

This program invites proposals for work on two special challenges:

Challenge 1: Studying Existing Examples of Innovative Models for STEM Education—This challenge invites proposals for descriptive and analytic research projects that will study existing innovations to determine how and what students are learning, the essential features of successful programs, and why various practices are or are not effective. The projects might range from intensive qualitative case studies of particular relevant and interesting educational programs, like special STEM schools or blends of formal and informal STEM learning activities, to extensive quantitative studies that assess student learning in programs like virtual schools.

Challenge 2: Designing, Developing, and Studying New Structural Models for

STEM Learning Environments—This challenge invites proposals for planning and pilot development projects from interdisciplinary teams. The aim of these projects would be the development and study of potentially transformative new models for STEM learning environments that produce learners with understandings, skills, habits of mind, and dispositions to engage in scientific, engineering, technical, and mathematical thinking and practices. Projects should yield learning outcomes markedly superior to the yield of current practices in STEM education.

DEADLINE: March 11, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $5 million to fund 15 awards: 5 large research projects and 10 planning and pilot development projects over the two competition years. Research projects may ask for up to $2 million for a project duration of up to 4 years; planning and pilot development projects may ask for up to $500,000 for a project duration up to 2 years.

TSL Program Director
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-5101
Email: DRLTSL@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10602/nsf10602.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact Alex Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) or Elmer Smith (esmith2@bu.edu)in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 10-602 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.