OSP FO# 13-017

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

PROGRAM: NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

OBJECTIVES: This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating financial need, enabling them to enter the STEM workforce or STEM graduate school following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate-level degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines. Grantee institutions are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and managing the S-STEM project at the institution.

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

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: An institution may submit one proposal from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field.

The Principal Investigator must be a faculty member currently teaching in one of the S-STEM disciplines who can provide the leadership required to ensure the success of the project. Projects involving more than one department within an institution are eligible, but a single Principal Investigator must accept overall management responsibility. Other members of the S-STEM project management team may be listed as Co-Principal Investigators.

BU Internal Deadline: June 17, 2013
Full Proposal Deadline: August 13, 2013

FUNDING INFORMATION: The number and size of awards will vary depending upon the scope of projects and availability of funds. Approximately $50-$70 million is expected to be available annually, for new and continuing activities to support approximately 80-100 new S-STEM awards.

Awards are normally not expected to exceed $600,000 in direct costs. Annual budgets are limited to $225,000 in direct costs. The award duration may be up to five years within the annual and overall budget limits. The limits include the funds for administrative and support functions as well as the scholarship funds.

Joyce B. Evans, Lead Program Director
Division of Undergraduate Education
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-5098
Fax: (703) 292-9044
Email: jevans@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12529/nsf12529.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, June 17, 2013 for internal review purposes:

1. Project description (maximum length 5 pages) should include items a and b:
a)  briefly describe the project vision, goals, and work to be undertaken;
b)  address the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the proposed activity (the NSF Merit Review criteria).
2. Budget and budget justification and matriculation plan (2 pages).
3. Biographical sketches: include 2-page NSF format biographical sketch for PI and Co-PIs.

Following the Dean’s assessment of the internal application, it will be forwarded to India Adams in Sponsored Programs 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 12-529 and NSF GPG 13-1) 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.