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OSP FO# 12-034

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/ Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)

PROGRAM: Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science: Supplements and Sites

OBJECTIVES: The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program supports the active involvement of K-12 science, technology, engineering, computer and information science, and mathematics (STEM) teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research in order to bring knowledge of engineering, computer science, and technological innovation into their classrooms. The goal is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 STEM teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge into classroom activities. Partnerships with inner city schools or other high needs schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

This announcement features two mechanisms for support of in-service and pre-service K-12 STEM teachers and community college faculty: RET supplements to ongoing ENG or CISE awards and new RET Site awards. RET supplements may be included in proposals for new or renewed NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) or CISE grants or as supplements to ongoing NSF ENG or CISE funded projects. RET in Engineering and Computer Science Sites are based on independent proposals from engineering or computer and information science departments, schools or colleges to initiate and conduct research participation projects for a number of K-12 STEM teachers and/or community college faculty.

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

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: No more than three RET Site proposals may be submitted by an institution as the lead institution. The principal investigator of an RET in Engineering and Computer Science Site proposal must have a faculty appointment within a College/Department of Engineering or Engineering Technology or a College/Department of Computer and Information Science within the submitting U.S. academic institution. An individual may serve as PI on no more than one RET Site proposal.

BU Internal Deadline: August 27, 2012
Application Deadline: October 1, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF intends to commit $5.5 million to fund approximately 8 standard or continuing grants, pending availability of funds. The maximum total request for a Site is $500,000 for a duration of up to three years. Supplements are limited to a maximum of $10,000 per teacher for a duration of one year subject to the availability of funds.

Please see the program announcement below for further funding information.

Mary Poats, Program Manager
Directorate for Engineering (ENG)
Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC)
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 585 N
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-5357
Fax: (703) 292-9051
Email: mpoats@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11509/nsf11509.htm

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: To screen potential proposals for this competition, an internal deadline has been established. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a preliminary proposal should provide the following proposal information to their Associate Dean by Monday, August 27, 2012 for internal review purposes:

1. Project description (maximum length 4 pages) should include items a – e:
(a)          describe the objectives of the proposed RET site, the timeline and the planned participants (K-12 teachers and/or community college faculty);
(b)          discuss the intellectual focus of the site and provide examples of clearly articulated research projects and activities;
(c)           outline plans for follow-up between faculty and participants to ensure that research experience is translated to classroom practice;
(d)          describe plans for recruitment of participants; and
(e)          address the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the proposed activity (the NSF Merit Review criteria).
2. Budget and budget justification (2 pages).
3. Biographical sketches: include 2-page NSF format biographical sketch for PI and Co-PIs.
4. Review comments from any previous RET submission.

Following the Dean’s assessment of the internal application, it will be forwarded to Executive 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: 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 11-509 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.