OSP FO# 12-015

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)/Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI)/Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE)/Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR)

PROGRAM: Cyberlearning: Transforming Education

OBJECTIVES: Through the Cyberlearning: Transforming Education program, NSF seeks to integrate advances in technology with advances in what is known about how people learn to

  • better understand how people learn with technology and how technology can be used productively to help people learn, through individual use and/or through collaborations mediated by technology;
  • better use technology for collecting, analyzing, sharing, and managing data to shed light on learning, promoting learning, and designing learning environments; and
  • design new technologies for these purposes, and advance understanding of how to use those technologies and integrate them into learning environments so that their potential is fulfilled.

Of particular interest are technological advances that allow more personalized learning experiences, draw in and promote learning among those in populations not served well by current educational practices, allow access to learning resources anytime and anywhere, and provide new ways of assessing capabilities. It is expected that Cyberlearning research will shed light on how technology can enable new forms of educational practice and that broad implementation of its findings will result in a more actively-engaged and productive citizenry and workforce.

Cyberlearning awards will be made in three research categories, each focusing on a different stage of research and development: Exploratory (EXP), Design and Implementation (DIP), and Integration and Deployment (INDP). The Cyberlearning program will also support small Capacity-Building Projects (CAP) and a Cyberlearning Resource Center (CRC).

Please see the link to the program announcement below for further details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: An individual may participate as PI or Co-PI in no more than three (3) EXP, DIP, and INDP proposals in any fiscal year (October to September): at most, two (2) proposals in the Exploratory (EXP) and Design and Implementation (DIP) categories combined, and at most, one (1) proposal in the Integration and Deployment Project category.

It is expected that PIs will participate in no more than one CAP at a time; PIs should talk to a Program Officer for permission to participate in more than one CAP.

Letter of Intent (required): May 14, 2012, for Integration and Deployment Projects (INDPs) only

Full Proposal Deadlines:
January 18, 2012, Design and Implementation Projects (DIPs)
February 15, 2012, Cyberlearning Resource Center (CRC)
July 16, 2012, Integration and Deployment Projects (INDPs)
December 17, 2012, Exploration Projects (EXPs)

Full Proposal Target Dates:
March 16, 2012, Capacity-Building Projects (CAPs)
October 15, 2012, Capacity-Building Projects (CAPs)

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF intends to commit $36 million in FY2012 and FY2013 to fund approximately 28-49 standard or continuing grants, pending availability of funds. The intention is to fund 12 to 18 EXPs, 6 to 12 DIPs, 2 to 4 INDPs, 7 to 14 CAPs, and 1 CRC over that 2-year period.

Janet Kolodner
Program Officer
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Phone: 703-292-8930
Email: jkolodne@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11587/nsf11587.htm

REMARKS: A Letter of Intent (LOI) is required for Integration and Deployment Project (INDP) proposals. LOIs are due on or before May 14 of the year the proposal will be submitted. The LOI must contain (1) a proposed title; (2) the names of Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators, including organizational affiliations and departments; (3) a list of the partnering institutions; (4) a brief synopsis (limited to 250 words) describing the proposed project in sufficient detail to permit selection of reviewers. LOIs will not be used to encourage or discourage the submission of full proposals. They will be used only to help NSF plan for the merit review process, and they are nonbinding. Thus, changes may be made between the submission of the LOI and submission of the full proposal.

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 A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) or India Adams (adamsi@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 Research Administrator 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 11-587 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the website 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 website at http://www.bu.edu/osp.