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Taking Advantage of NSF Funding Opportunities. Daniel Udovic Program Director, Division of Undergraduate Education National Science Foundation. Presentation Outline. NSF Organization DUE Programs The Proposal Review Process Using the NSF Web Page (nsf.gov) - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Taking Advantage of NSF Funding OpportunitiesDaniel UdovicProgram Director, Division of Undergraduate EducationNational Science Foundation

  • Presentation Outline

    NSF OrganizationDUE Programs The Proposal Review ProcessUsing the NSF Web Page (nsf.gov)

    Tips for Writing Successful Proposals

  • NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATIONWith an annual budget of over $6.0 billion, NSF is the funding source for about 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by U.S. colleges and universities.

    (NSF at a Glance NSF Home page FY 2008)

  • The NSF Structure

  • Organization ofEducation & Human Resources

  • NSF-wide Education ThemesStimulating students throughInquiry-based learningStrengthening teacher preparationDirectorate for Education and Human Resources FY 2009 Budget RolloutBroadening participation in the S&E workforceIntegrating research and educationReaching a broader public through informal education

  • The Division ofUndergraduate Education and its Programs

  • DUE Mission:To promote excellence in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all students. DUE is an agent of change that leads the NSF efforts to achieve excellent STEM undergraduate education for all students. It creates, develops, and manages programs that enable institutions to expand the professional Science and Engineering workforce and to strengthen the scientific literacy for citizens through undergraduate curricula and related activities.

  • Some DUE ProgramsAdvanced Technological Education (ATE)Course, Curriculum, & Laboratory Improvement (CCLI)Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological & Mathematical Sciences (UBM): EHR, BIO, MPSMath and Science Partnership (MSP)NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship ProgramScience, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP)Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

  • Course, Curriculum & Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) VisionExcellent STEM education for all undergraduate studentsGoalStimulate, evaluate, and disseminate innovative developments in STEM education through the production of knowledge about learning and the improvement of practice.

  • Supports efforts to:

    Create new learning materials and teaching strategiesDevelop faculty expertiseImplement educational innovationsAssess learning and evaluate innovationsConduct research on STEM teaching and learningCourse, Curriculum & Laboratory Improvement (CCLI)

  • Projects should address a recognized need and describe exemplary work addressing at least one component of this cycle:

    Course, Curriculum & Laboratory Improvement (CCLI)

    Projects vary in scope and scale

  • Phase 1: Exploratory ProjectsInvolves exploratory, initial investigation or adaptation in one of the component areasPhase 2: Expansion ProjectsBuilds on small scale projects with proven innovations, refine and test innovations on diverse usersPhase 3: Comprehensive ProjectsSeveral diverse institutions, evaluation or assessment activities, deep and broad, combine proven results and mature innovations from several component areas, sustainablity, national dissemination, etc.Course, Curriculum & Laboratory Improvement (CCLI)-- Three Phases

  • Phase 1 (exploratory projects) ****

    Course, Curriculum & Laboratory Improvement (CCLI)

    Total budget up to $150 K (1-3 years)or $200K when 4-year schools collaborate with 2-year schools893 proposals submitted in 2007, representing 829 projects (down slightly in 2008)About 100 biology proposals per yearExpected funding rate for 2008: 10-15%Dates:Due: May 2009 (but see below!)

    **** PLEASE NOTE -- There may be some significant changes in next years solicitation!! Look for it in January or February 2009!!

  • Institutional Awards and Group AwardsStudent involvement in innovative research at theforefront of the biological and mathematical sciences Students working and learning together in interdisciplinary teamsLong-terminvolvement of each studentwith project activities to provide:intenseinvolvement in research mutual reinforcementbetween research and classroom activities; Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological and Mathematical Sciences (UBM)

  • Required for All Projects:Extensive, interdisciplinarymentoring from senior faculty in both disciplines; A diversity of students with attention to ethnic and gender diversity;

    For Institutional Projects:Use of program models to motivate curriculum changes and faculty development; The ability to affect programs and students beyond those directly involved in the project.Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological and Mathematical Sciences (UBM)

  • Group Projects:Up to 3 years; Budget: Average
  • UBM: Undergraduate Research in Metapopulation EcologyCollege of William and Mary

    Establishes an undergraduate training program in mathematical biology based on a core of 6 faculty (3 math, 3 biology)Uses paired undergraduate mentoring with each student being mentored by a mathematician and a biologist on a multi-year research project studying dynamics and viability of animal metapopulationsBlends theoretical mathematical and field based biological techniquesDevelops new bio-math coursesHosts a regional bio-math conferencesPartners with a local community college with a focus on recruiting underrepresented minorities

  • UBM: Research-Based Interdisciplinary Training for Mathematics and Biology MajorsUniversity of Vermont

    Integrates interdisciplinary courses in mathematics and biology with multi-year research projectsInvolves 8 faculty mentors from the Departments of Biology and Mathematics and StatisticsInvolves equal number of math and biology (or joint math/biology) majors working on teams with joint mentors from both departmentsIncludes Calculus for Life Science Students, College Biology, Mathematical Biology and Ecology, and a Seminar seriesProvides a capstone course that ensures students have the opportunity to analyze data, prepare manuscripts, and present papers at annual symposia

  • NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)Goal: Provide scholarships to academically talented, financially needy students pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees

    Deadlines:Letter of Intent: July 10, 2008Full proposal: August 12, 20082009 dates should be around the same time; look for new solicitation in Spring 2009

  • S-STEMEligible disciplines include almost all NSF-supported areas (see solicitation for guidance) Maximum scholarships -- $10,000 (based on financial need)Awards can be for up to 5 yearsGrant size increased to $600,000 with 7% allowed for administration and 8% for student supportMaximum of $225,000 in any one year, but can ramp upOne proposal per constituent school or college that awards degrees (also schools within institutions)

  • STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP)Type 1 projectsSeek 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)Awards up to $2.5 million (depending on size of the institution) over a 5-year period.

    Type 2 projectsSupport educational research on associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM

    Deadline: September 30, 2008Typical Funding Rate: ~15% (~140 proposals; ~20 awards)

  • STEP Implementation StrategiesEfforts might include:Bridge programs that enable additional preparation for studentsPrograms that focus on the quality of student learninghigh-caliber teaching in smaller classesnew pedagogical approachestraining of teaching assistantsPrograms to encourage undergraduate researchPrograms that provide financial incentives to studentsMany others

  • Proposals should include:The specific strategies to be used during the grant period to increase the number of STEM graduatesAn explanation of why the proposed activities are not expected to cause decreases in enrollments in other STEM fieldsThe benchmarks that will be used to measure progress as the project moves forwardA clear statement of which of the proposed activities, if successful, would be expected to be institutionalized by the end of the grant period

  • The Proposal Review Process

  • How the Proposal Review & Decision Process Works Investigator/InstitutionFastLane: Central ProcessingProgramManagerDivisionDirectorDeclinationAward(Via DGA)WithdrawalMail ReviewsPanel ReviewNot appropriate

  • Merit ReviewNSFs merit review process is the keystone for award selection NSF uses merit review to select about 10,000 new awards each year from more than 35,000 competitive proposals submitted annually

    NSF Strategic Plan FY2003-08, p. 4, 21, 26Credit: Garie Fordyce, National Science Foundation

  • Navigating the NSF Web Page

  • NSF web site (www.nsf.gov)

  • Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)

  • Division of Undergraduate Education

  • Searching the Awards Database

  • Searching the Awards Database

  • Tips for Writing Successful Proposals

  • The core of a successful proposalis a good idea (s)** But that is just the beginning

  • Questions for the Prospective PIWhat problem are you addressing?What do you intend to do?Why is the work important?Intellectual MeritBroader ImpactWhat has already been done?How are you going to