OSP FO# 11-199

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR)/Division of Human Resource Development (HRD)

PROGRAM: Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to broaden the participation of girls and women in all fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education by supporting research, the dissemination of research, and the integration of proven gender-inclusive practices in education that will lead to a larger and more diverse domestic science and engineering workforce. The program also considers gender more broadly to include research and diffusion activities focused on men and boys who are underrepresented in STEM fields. Typical projects will contribute to the knowledge base addressing gender-related differences in learning and in the educational experiences that affect student interest, performance, and choice of careers; and how pedagogical approaches and teaching styles, curriculum, student services, and institutional culture contribute to causing or closing gender gaps that persist in certain fields. Projects will communicate and apply findings, evaluation results, and proven good practices to a wider community.

The program for Research on Gender in Science and Engineering seeks to build resources—developing the Nation’s knowledge capital, social capital, and human capital—toward the goal of broadening the participation of girls and young women in STEM education from kindergarten through undergraduate education through the following sub-programs:

Research Projects: This subprogram supports research on gender-based factors that impact learning and choice in STEM education and the workforce; or study societal, formal and informal educational systems’ interaction with individuals that encourage or discourage interest and persistence in study or careers in certain STEM fields along gender lines.

Diffusion of Research-Based Innovation Projects: This subprogram provides a mechanism for engaging a wider audience of practitioners (e.g., teachers, faculty, guidance counselors, parents, etc.) with research findings and strategies for changing educational practice relative to gender issues. There are three types of Diffusion awards: Pilot, Scale Up and Dissemination (please consult the program announcement for a full description of these three types).

Gender in Science and Engineering Extension Services: This subprogram supports efforts to create a cadre of extension service agents through training and consulting services to inform educators and other practitioners about and enable them to adopt and embed proven gender-inclusive policies and practices in pedagogy, the design of curriculum materials, student support programs, and educator and faculty development. Extension services employ a “train-the-trainer” model and are based on a “comprehensive program of change” that includes research-based and evaluated educational practices.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

Extension Service Letter of Intent (required): September 6, 2011
Extension Service Full Proposal: October 13, 2011
Diffusion of Research-Based Innovation Proposals: October 13, 2011
Research Projects Letter of Intent (required): February 8, 2012
Research Projects Full Proposal: March 27, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $5 million to support 15 to 22 grants. Research Project budgets may be up to $525,000 for up to three years (average $175,000 per year, including direct and indirect costs). Diffusion of Research-Based Innovation budgets may request amounts depending on the type of proposal (Pilot, Scale Up, or Dissemination) and duration—please consult the program announcement below. Gender in Science and Engineering Extension Services projects may have budgets up to $2.5 million for an average of $500,000 each year for five years. A limited equipment request (<10% of total budget) is allowed for projects intensive in educational technology. Investigators should request funds to attend a two-day grantees’ meeting in the Washington, D.C. area each award year.

GSE research projects are eligible for REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) supplements, which support the participation of undergraduate students on the project research team, if funds are available. Guidelines for the REU program can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/reu/start.htm. Proposers should consult the Program Director in advance of a request for REU supplements.

Jolene Jesse, Program Director
Division of Human Resource Development
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 815 N
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-7303
Fax: (703) 292-9018
Email: jjesse@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10516/nsf10516.htm

REMARKS: Letters of Intent must be submitted via the NSF FastLane system, using the Letter of Intent module in FastLane. The intended proposal type (research or extension service) must be specified in the first sentence of the Letter of Intent. The Letter of Intent is limited to one page and should include basic information about:

  • Identify proposal type and name the proposed activity.
  • For research proposals: briefly identify the theory, concepts or framework; research questions and hypotheses; target research subjects; and data gathering and analysis techniques.
  • For extension service proposals: briefly identify the scope of the service; project participants (expert project team, extension service agents, target practitioner community); and the comprehensive program of change elements.
  • Identify any organizations involved;

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 India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@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 web site 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 10-516 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.