Limited Submission Programs - NSF - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP)

Summary of Opportunity
NSF - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP)
OSP Deadline 11/27/13
Funding Agency Deadline 12/03/13
Funding or Award Criteria

Program Description: The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) seeks to increase the number of students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Type 1 proposals are solicited that provide for full implementation efforts at academic institutions. Type 2 proposals are solicited that support educational research projects on associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM.

All Type 1 Proposals

Program activities under the STEP Type 1 competition should be efforts aimed at adapting and implementing best practices that will lead to an increase in the number of students (United States citizens or permanent residents) obtaining STEM degrees at institutions with baccalaureate degree programs or completing associate degrees in STEM fields or completing credits toward transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in STEM fields at community colleges. The goal of the project must be to increase the total graduation numbers of such students at the institution(s), and all STEP proposals must include specific numerical targets for these increases. If a project focuses efforts on only a subset of STEM fields, increases in those fields must not be at the expense of degrees granted in other STEM fields. Projects may focus on the retention and/or recruitment of undergraduate students into STEM fields. Outreach efforts are appropriate only if the efforts can be expected to result in additional STEM majors and graduates at the submitting institution(s) within the grant period.

All Type 1 projects are considered to be institutional efforts.

A Type 1 proposal should be identified as falling into one of two categories: 1A or 1B.

  • A Type 1A proposal is submitted by an institution that has not previously been the lead institution on a STEP Type 1 award.
  • A Type 1B proposal is submitted by an institution that has previously been the lead institution on a STEP Type 1 award. The proposal is for a new five-year implementation project that is not intended to simply continue efforts for which funding was provided under the original award or to support a project that represents a small adjustment in activities or a simple change in the targeted population. It is intended to fund efforts that are substantially different from those supported in the original award.

See guidelines for full description and expected outcomes: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11550/nsf11550.htm

Eligibility  
Applicable Field(s)  
Number of Nominees Allowed

One (1) Type 1 proposal

Exception: If an institution is submitting a proposal under the "Special Funding Focus on Retention in Engineering and Computer Science" (see Program Description for details), it may also submit a second proposal under Type 1, either individually or as part of a consortium.

An institution that awards baccalaureate degrees is allowed to submit only one Type 1 proposal, or to be part of only one consortium submitting a Type 1 proposal.

There are no restrictions on the number of Type 2 proposals that an individual or organization may submit.

Required Internal Review Documents

Associate Deans or Designates should submit the following materials electronically to limitedsub@austin.utexas.edu by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2013:

  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. Short bio sketch/CV of the UT PI

Your College may submit one (1) Type 1 nomination for consideration, and a separate one (1) if the proposed project qualifies as  "Special Funding Focus on Retention in Engineering and Computer Science".

Notes

Note to Potential Applicants

Internal review documents do not reflect the application requirements set forth by the sponsor. Please review solicitation carefully.

Nominee(s) Selected to Advance  
Posting Date 10//24/13