OSP FO# 12-029

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

PROGRAM: Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

OBJECTIVES: AGEP is committed to the national goal of increasing the numbers of African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (URMs), including URMs with disabilities entering and completing graduate education and postdoctoral training to levels representative of the available pool of URMs. Increased URM participation in advanced STEM education and training is critical for supporting the development of a diverse professional STEM workforce especially a diverse STEM faculty who serve as the intellectual, professional, personal, and organizational role models that shape the expectations of future scientists and engineers. To achieve this long term commitment, the AGEP program will support the development, implementation, study, and dissemination of innovative models and standards of graduate education and postdoctoral training that are designed to improve URM participation, preparation, and success.

AGEP projects must focus on URM U.S. citizens in STEM graduate education, and/or postdoctoral training, and their preparation for academic STEM careers at all types of institutions of higher education. STEM professional development more broadly may be included in projects with a strong and compelling argument. AGEP is interested in proposals that include any or all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields supported by NSF including the social, behavioral and economic sciences, and multi-, cross-, or inter-disciplinary STEM fields.

AGEP intends to support the following types of projects:

  • AGEP-Transformation - Strategic alliances of institutions and organizations to develop, implement, and study innovative evidence-based models and standards for STEM graduate education, postdoctoral training, and academic STEM career preparation that eliminate or mitigate negative factors and promote positive practices for URMs.
  • AGEP-Knowledge Adoption and Translation (AGEP-KAT) – Projects to expand the adoption (or adaptation) of research findings and evidence-based strategies and practices related to the participation and success of URMs in STEM graduate education, postdoctoral training, and academic STEM careers at all types of institutions of higher education.
  • AGEP-Broadening Participation Research in STEM Education (AGEP-BPR) – Investigator initiated empirical research projects that seek to create and study new theory-driven models and innovations related to the participation and success of URMs in STEM graduate education, postdoctoral training, and academic STEM careers at all types of institutions of higher education.

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

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: An institution or organization may serve as the lead on one AGEP-Transformation collaborative proposal. An institution or organization may be a partner in multiple AGEP-Transformation projects. Each AGEP-Transformation alliance partner must simultaneously submit proposals as part of one collaborative proposal. Institutions and organizations involved in AGEP-Transformation projects may also participate in AGEP-KAT and AGEP-BPR projects.

There are no limits on the number of AGEP-KAT, AGEP-BPR and BPS-RN proposals that can be submitted.

BU Internal Deadline (AGEP-Transformation collaborative proposals): August 13, 2012
Full Proposal Deadline (AGEP-Transformation): September 28, 2012
Full Proposal Deadline (AGEP-KAT and AGEP-BPR): October 30, 2012
Submission Window (HRD Design Project Proposals for a Broadening Participation in STEM Resource Network): January 12, 2012-July 12, 2012)

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF intends to commit $6 million to fund approximately 12 standard or continuing grants or cooperative agreements. Up to 5 AGEP-Transformation awards, about 3 AGEP-KAT awards, and about 4 AGEP-BPR awards are anticipated in FY 2013, pending the availability of funds. Please see the program announcement below for information about the HRD special call for BPS-Resource Network proposals.

Jessie DeAro, Program Director
Division of Human Resource Development (HRD)
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, 815N
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-5350
Fax: (703)292-9018
Email: jdearo@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12554/nsf12554.htm

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: To screen potential AGEP-Transformation collaborative proposals for this competition, an internal deadline has been established. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a proposal should forward a memorandum to their Associate Dean by Monday, August 13, 2012. In the memorandum: (1) briefly describe the proposed research, (2) list key participating faculty, and (3) cite any program features which should make it particularly competitive for funding.

The memorandum should be countersigned by the relevant department chair/center director to indicate endorsement of the project. After the Dean’s assessment, the memorandum will be forwarded to OSP Executive Director Joan Kirkendall for review and then to the Office of the Vice President for Research for final selection. PIs will be informed if their proposal is selected for submission in time to complete the project budget and process their proposal for final review.

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 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 12-554 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.