NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION FUNDING

Deadlines
(LOI) Proposal
Project Types (Population), Funding Information (Years) and Goals

NSF Math Science Partnership (MSP)

Mar 5, 2012

Dec 18, 2012

Types (K-12): Targeted Partnerships: Implementation and Prototype; Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (RETA): Sustainability/policies/state plans for STEM education, Technical assistance for evaluators of MSP projects; and STEM Education Resource Collaboratory (ERC).

Funding (2012-13):

  • Implementations: $1.6M per year up to 5 years, with a max of $8M.
  • Prototypes: $500K per year up to 3 years, with a max of $1.5M.
  • RETAs: $400K per year up to 3 years, with a max of $1.2M.
  • STEM ERCs: $1.6M per year over 5 years, with max of $8M (ERC is a continuing award).

Goals: The Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program is a major research and development effort that supports innovative partnerships to improve K-12 student achievement in mathematics and science. MSP projects are expected to raise the achievement levels of all students and significantly reduce achievement gaps in the STEM performance of diverse student populations. All STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields supported by NSF may be involved in this work, with special encouragement to areas that are gaining increased traction at the K-12 level, such as computer science and engineering, in addition to mathematics and science. Both types of Partnerships incorporate significant new innovations to STEM education, linked to a strong educational research agenda, in one of four focal areas: Community Enterprise for STEM Learning; Current Issues Related to STEM Content; Identifying and Cultivating Exceptional Talent; and K-12 STEM Teacher Preparation

Transforming STEM Learning (TSL)

Mar 9, 2012

Types (K-12): Large Research projects, and Planning and Pilot Development projects.

Funding (2012-13)

  • Research projects (5): max $2,000,000 for up to 4 years.
  • Planning and pilot development projects (10): max $500,000 up to 2 years

Goals: The TSL program invites interdisciplinary teams of STEM content specialists, experts in relevant technologies, STEM formal and informal education specialists, researchers with expertise in the larning sciences, and specialists in education research and evaluation methods to submit proposals for research projects that (1) Study efficacy of existing prototypes for innovations like virtual schools, special STEM schools, and educational programs that combine opportunities of formal and informal learning resources in their communities; or (2) Design and conduct exploratory development of new potentially transofmrative models for STEM learning environments.

NSF Cyberlearning: Transforming Education

March 14, 2012 (LOI, INDP)

March 16, 2012 (CAP)

Jul 16, 2012 (INDP)

Types (K-12, UGRAD): Capacity-Building Projects (CAPs), and Integration and Deployment Projects (INDPs)

Funding (2012-13):

  • 2-4 INDPs, $2,500,000 over 4 or 5 years
  • 7 to 14 CAPs and 1 CRC
  • 12-18 EXPs (2012-2013), $550,000 over 2-3 years
  • 6-12 DIPs (2012-2013), $1,350,000 over 4-5 years

Goals: Partnership building and community building, including conferences, workshops, and short courses.

Goals (EXPs): To explore the feasibility of a technological innovation and to shed light on the answers to fundamental research questions related to learning with technology. Prereq: Team with a shared vision that takes into account what is known about how people learn, learning in the targeted domain, use of tehcnology for such learning, and challenges to technology use.

Goals (EXPs): To ascertain the potential of ideas, develop guidelines for use of an innovation, and answer research questions about learning with technology. Prereq: Same as EXP plus completed work equivalent to one or more Cyberlearning EXP projects.

NSF Cyberlearning: Transforming Education

May 14, 2012

Jul 16, 2012

Types (K-12): Integration and Deployment Projects (INDPs)

Funding (2012-13)

  • 2-4 INDPs, $2,500,000 over 4-5 years

Goals: To integrate or extend the use of one or more technologically-sophisticated efforts that have already shown promise and answer a variety of research quetions related to learning with technology. Prereq: Same as EXP plus completed work equivalent to one or more Cyberlearning DIP projects.

NSF DRK-12 (EXP), Exploratory

Oct 4, 2012

Dec 6, 2012

Types (K-12): EXP

Funding (2012-2013):

  • 15-20 EXPs, up to $450,000 with duration up to 3 years

Goals: Exploratory projects allow researchers and developers an opportunity to undertake preliminary work needed to clarify constructs, assemble theoretical or conceptual foundations, or perform early investigations of an idea for an innovative resource, model, or tool. Exploratory projects can also focus on the innovative repurposing or adaptation of existing resources, models, or tools. These short duration projects might develop prototype educational materials or practices and conduct research in small-scale pilot tests to provide proof of concept and preliminary estimates of impact. These projects should produce empirical evidence forming the basis of anticipated further research and development work. Exploratory projects may also be synthesis projects that bring together findings on current technology-enhanced resources and models to identify new directions for research and development. DRK-12 particularly encourages synthesis projects that provide research findings and recommendations that are useful to STEM education practitioners and decision makers.

NSF DRK-12 (R&D), Research and Development

Oct 4, 2012

Dec 6, 2012

Types (K-12): R&D

Funding (2012-2013):

  • 15-20 R&Ds, up to $3,000,000 with duration up to 4 years and up to $4,000,000 with a duration of 4 years if primary focus on learning how to take proven STEM inovations to scale

Goals: Full research and development projects are built on the most promising Exploratory projects or other (non-NSF funded) projects. These projects have already demonstrated effectiveness in small sets of classrooms, schools, or other learning settings. Greater funding levels and longer timelines allow researchers and developers an opportunity to undertake more in-depth product development, more targeted research, and to reach a broader, more diverse, audience. Resources, models, or tools developed in full research and development projects should result in completed products, ready for implementation by others who request them.

NSF DRK-12 (C/W), Conferences/Workshops

Oct 4, 2012

Dec 6, 2012

Types (K-12): C/Ws

Funding (2012-2013):

  • 5 C/Ws (2012), pending availability of funds, up to $100,000 for duration up to 2 years

Goals: Conferences and Workshops related to the mission of the DRK-12 program are also supported under this solicitation. Conferences or workshops should be well focused, related to the goals of the program, and generate a product usable by researchers or practitioners.

NSF Cyberlearning: Transforming Education (CRC), Cyberlearning Resource Center

No LOI

Feb 15, 2012

Types (K-12): CRC

Funding (2012-13):

  • 1 CRC, up to $500,000 in the first year and up to $1M in subsequent years, to be awarded for up to 5 years

Goals: Support Cyberlearning projects and programmatic efforts. Prerequisites: Lead institution should have cyberlearning expertise and demonstrated capacity to plan, develop, and manage a national center that provides technical support for a diverse portfolio of projects. Note: To be awarded as a cooperative agreement.

NSF Cyberlearning: Transforming Education (CAPs), Capacity-Building Projects

No LOI

March 16, 2012

Types (K-12): CAP

Funding (2012-13):

  • 7-14 CAPs, amount varies

Goals: Partnership building and community building, including conferences, workshops, and short courses.

NSF Cyberlearning: Transforming Education (EXP), Exploration Projects

No LOI

Dec 17, 2012

Types (K-12): EXP

Funding (2012-13):

  • 12-18 EXPs, $550,000 over 2-3 years

Goals: To explore the feasibility of a technological innovation and to shed light on the answers to fundamental research questions related to learning with technology Prerequisites: team with a shared vision that takes into account what is known about how people learn, learning in the targeted domain, use of technology for such learning, and challenges to technology use.

NSF Cyberlearning: Transforming Education (DIP), Design and Implemental Projects

No LOI

Jan 16, 2013

Types (K-12): DIPs

Funding (2012-13):

  • 6-12 DIPs, $1,350,000 over 4-5 years

Goals: To ascertain the potential of ideas, develop guidelines for use of an innovation, and answer research questions about learning with technology. Prerequisites: same as EXP plus completed work equivalent to one or more Cyberlearning EXP projects.

NSF TUES, Type 1

No LOI

May 28, 2012

Types (K-12): Type 1

Funding (2012-13):

  • 70-75 Type 1s (2010-2013), $200,000 ($250,000 when 4-year colleges and universities collaborate with 2-year colleges) for 2-3 years

Goals: Results from Type 1 projects are expected to be significant enough to contribute to understanding undergraduate STEM education. Proposed evaluation efforts should be informative with respect to student learning or engagement, based on the project's specific expected outcomes, and consistent with budget limitations and the scope of a Type 1 project. In order to encourage collaboration between four-year colleges and universities and two-year colleges, projects involving such collaboration may request a total of $250,000. In such partnerships, the distribution of effort and funds between the four-year institution and the community college should reflect a genuine collaboration. At a minimum, the implementation, if successful, should be institutionalized at the participating colleges and universities.

NSF TUES, Type 2

No LOI

Jan 13, 2014

Types (K-12): Type 2

Funding (2012-13):

  • 20-25 Type 2s (2010-13), $600,000 for 2-4 years

Goals: Type 2 projects will typically address more than one program component, or, if they focus on a single component, will address it at a scale that goes well beyond a single institution. Projects that involve a single institution need to be working toward systemic change across the STEM disciplines. Projects that continue from previous work should include an explicit discussion of the results and impact produced by that work. Type 2 projects should carry the development to a state in which the evaluations of the projects have evidence to support the claim that the projects’ efforts are effective. In turn the evaluation results can inform further use, such as in distributing the project widely or seeking commercialization. At a minimum, the implementation, if successful, should be institutionalized at the participating colleges and universities.

NSF TUES, Type 3

No LOI

Jan 13, 2014

Types (K-12): Type 3

Funding (2012-13):

  • 3-5 Type 3s (2010-13), $5,000,000 over 5 years

Goals: Type 3 projects are intended to support large scale efforts. Projects that continue from previous work should include an explicit discussion of the results and impact produced by that work. Proposals for projects that are designed to break new ground at a large scale should discuss evidence that supports the validity of the approach, and must reflect current understanding of how students learn. Type 3 proposals should include a description of evaluation activities that are focused on impact on student learning in a broad spectrum of the population served by the project. Evaluation plans for Type 3 projects should include efforts to describe the impact of the work on the prevailing models of undergraduate STEM education and to include strategies that assist in the implementation of the project's activities in new contexts.

NSF TUES (CRC), Central Resource Projects

No LOI

Jan 13, 2014

Types (K-12): CRP

Funding (2012-13):

  • 1-3 CRPs (2010-13), budget negotiable depending on the scope and scale of the activity but the total budget may not exceed $3M

Goals: TUES Central Resource projects assume responsibility for leadership and implementation of activities that sustain the TUES community as it works to transform undergraduate STEM education. TUES Central Resource projects will work to increase the capabilities of and communications among the STEM education community and to increase and document the impact of TUES projects. Activities should be directed at the entire STEM community with the twin goals of helping the community discover and use products and ideas generated by the projects supported by the TUES program. Although a focus on material developed within projects is important, applicants are also encouraged to consider including the broadest possible set of innovative curricula and effective teaching and learning strategies.

Published on March 23rd, 2017

Last updated on April 24th, 2020