Limited Submission Programs - NSF - Geoscience Education (GeoEd)

Summary of Opportunity
NSF - Geoscience Education (GeoEd)
OSP Deadline 10/06/11
Funding Agency Deadline 10/12/11 by 5:00 p.m. CST
Funding or Award Criteria

Program Description: The Geoscience Education (GeoEd) Program is part of a portfolio of programs within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) that seeks to increase public understanding of Earth system science and foster recruitment, training and retention of a diverse and skilled geoscience workforce for the future.  The program achieves these goals by supporting innovative or transformative projects that improve the quality and effectiveness of formal and informal geoscience education at all educational levels, increase the number of students pursuing geoscience education and career paths, broaden participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in the geosciences, and promote public engagement in Earth system science. 

In FY 2010 and FY 2012, the GeoEd program invites proposals in four main areas:

  • advancing public Earth system science literacy, particularly through strengthening geoscience education in grades K-14 and informal education settings;
  • fostering development and training of the diverse scientific and technical workforce required for 21st century geoscience careers;
  • utilizing modern technologies to facilitate and increase access to geoscience education and/or develop innovative approaches for using geoscience research activities and data for educational purposes; and,
  • establishing regional networks and alliances that bring together scientists, formal and informal science educators, as well as other stakeholders, in support of improving Earth system science education and broadening participation in the geosciences. 

Proposals focused on basic research that might catalyze discovery and innovation at the frontiers of geoscience learning, education, and evaluation will be considered by the GeoEd Program, but are not viewed as a priority in this solicitation.  However, the GeoEd Program expects all proposed project activities to be grounded in current understanding of how students learn and effective STEM education practices.  Proposals must include an appropriate evaluation or assessment plan that will help to document project effectiveness and/or impact.

The GeoEd Program accepts proposals for pilot or proof-of-concept projects (Track 1) and integrative collaborations (Track 2) , as well as for conferences or workshops related to the mission of the program. 

Revision Notes:

The Geoscience Education (GeoEd) program solicitation has been revised in order to clarify several aspects of the call for proposals that reflect recent developments and emerging priorities within the STEM and geoscience education communities.  The goals and objectives of the GeoEd solicitation have been refined to emphasize four priority investments areas related to advancing public Earth system science literacy, developing the future geoscience workforce, using technology to facilitate and improve geoscience education, and supporting regional networks that collaborate in efforts to improve geoscience education and broaden participation in the geosciences.

Please see the solicitation for complete information.

Applicable Field(s)  
Number of Nominees Allowed

An organization (e.g., a university or museum) may be the lead organization on only one Track 2 proposal submitted per competition.

Required Internal Review Documents

Associate Deans or Designates should submit the following materials electronically to by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2011:

  1. Dean's or ORU Director's Letter of Nomination
  2. Two page maximum lay abstract describing the aims/needs of the proposed research project.
  3. A short bio sketch/CV of the UT PI

Each college may submit one (1) nomination.

Nominee(s) Selected to Advance Dr. Kathy Ellins, Institute for Geophysics
Posting Date 7/25/11