OSP FO# 11-203

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR)/Division of Human Resource Development (HRD)/Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)/Directorate for Computer and Information Science & Engineering (CISE)/Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)/Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS)/Directorate for Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences (SBE)/ Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI)/Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE)/Office of Polar Programs (OPP)

PROGRAM: ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to increase the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce through the increased representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Through these awards, NSF supports new approaches to improving the climate for women in U.S. academic institutions and facilitating women’s retention and advancement to the highest ranks of academic leadership. Creative approaches to realize the goal of this program are sought from women and men. Proposals may include international activities that directly support the goals of ADVANCE. This year’s competition supports the following ADVANCE project:

Institutional Transformation (IT): These awards are expected to include innovative systemic organizational approaches to transform institutions of higher education in ways that will increase the participation and advancement of women in STEM academic careers. IT projects must include a 5-page research component designed to study the effectiveness of the proposed innovations in order to contribute to the knowledge base informing academic institutional transformation.

Institutional Transformation Catalyst (IT-Catalyst): These awards are designed to support historically resource-challenged institutions in efforts to conduct institutional self-assessment activities, such as data collection and analysis and policy review, in order to identify specific issues in the recruitment, retention and promotion of women faculty in STEM academics within an institution of higher education. Institutions applying for IT-Catalyst awards are expected to demonstrate institutional need within the proposal

DEADLINES:
BU Internal Deadline: September 23, 2011
Letter of Intent (required): October 3, 2011
Full Proposal: November 07, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing up to $6.6 million in support for FY2012. NSF expects to make up to 7 Institutional Transformation five-year awards, at various award sizes; and up to 7 IT-Catalyst awards with durations of up to two years and total budgets not exceeding a maximum of $200,000 each.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Kelly Mack, Program Director for ADVANCE
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 815
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-8575
Email: kmack@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10593/nsf10593.htm

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: Institutions may submit only one Letter of Intent for an Institutional Transformation (IT) or an IT-Catalyst proposal. To screen potential proposals for this competition, an internal deadline has been established. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting an application should provide the following Letter of Intent to their Associate Dean by Friday, September 23, 2011 for internal review purposes, containing:

  1. A project description that articulates a vision for the proposed project that clearly outlines the grand challenges being addressed or breakthroughs being sought.
  2. A list of senior project personnel with a brief description of their proposed roles; a list of partner institutions and organizations, if any, with a brief description of each partner’s involvement in the project; and any other information such as known conflicts and areas of specialized expertise pertinent for the review process.

Following the Dean’s assessment of the Letter of Intent, it will be forwarded to OSP-CRC Director Joan Kirkendall for review and then to the Office of the VP for Research for final selection. PIs will be informed if their proposal is selected for submission in time to complete and process their proposal for final review.

REMARKS: The required Letter of Intent must be submitted via FastLane. 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 10-593 and NSF GPG 11-1) can 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.