OSP FO# 11-209

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR)/Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)

PROGRAM: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)

OBJECTIVES: This program seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts that enhance the participation of and retention of individuals (including persons with disabilities, women and minorities) who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The awardees serve as exemplars to their colleagues and are leaders in the national effort to develop more fully the Nation’s human resources in STEM. The NSF invites nominations to honor both individuals and institutions. The award recognizes and underscores the past mentoring achievements of the nominee. In addition to the grant award, each awardee will be invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony, recognition events, meetings with leaders in Federal sector education and research, and focused workshops addressing effective mentoring of persons from the underrepresented groups. Traditionally, the awardees have been honored at a ceremony organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Only one award will be made to a single organization or an individual at that organization per annual competition. Nominations may only be considered for one of the two categories of award, either “individual” or “organizational,” but not both.

An Individual Nominee must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. The Nominees may be a federal government employee, with certain exceptions. The Nominee must have demonstrated outstanding and sustained mentoring and effective guidance to a significant number of persons who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in STEM for a minimum of five years.

Nominations for the individual award must clearly delineate the achievements of the individual as separate from those of the institution or organization; nominations for institutions or organizations must reflect the organizational achievements as different from individual achievements. An Organizational Nominee must be affiliated with a formal or informal U.S. educational institution, U.S. corporation or not-for-profit organization. Multiple organizational programs or individuals from the same institution may be nominated. However, an organizational program or individual may be nominated only once per competition.

Former recipients of the Individual PAESMEM award are not eligible. Former recipients of the Organizational PAESMEM award may apply 10 years or more after receiving the award.

DEADLINES: October 5, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The NSF estimates making up to 16 new awards. These will be distributed among individuals and organizations as appropriate in a given competition. Each award is in the amount of $10,000 and will be accompanied by a commemorative Presidential certificate.

Richard A. Alό, Program Director
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 835N
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-4634
Email: ralo@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11563/nsf11563.htm

REMARKS: Due to the unique nature of this program, nominees are strongly encouraged to prepare and submit all applications in response to this Program Announcement through the NSF FastLane system. FastLane is the online system NSF uses to solicit funding applications. Before starting an application in FastLane, the applicant (the individual or organizational representative) must register as an Individual Researcher in FastLane. This means that the applicant functions as his or her own institutional representative, must submit the application, and serves as his or her own Sponsored Research Office for administrative functions.

For more information about FastLane, 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 11-563) 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.