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Education and Broadening Participation DEB supplement requests:

The information below describes education and broadening participation supplement requests that are considered by the Division of Environmental Biology. These incude:

  • Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
  • Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS)
  • Research Opportunity Award (ROA)
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)


  • Additional REU Option for Dimensions of Biodiversity PIs only:

  • Dimensions Broadening Participation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (D-BP-REU)

The US-Brazil International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (IREU) opportunity is no longer available.

Other types of supplement requests should be discussed with your program officer. If you have any additional questions, please contact the relevant DEB Program (check the DEB staff listings on the NSF website).

Deadline:

Requests for this set of DEB supplements (RET, RAHSS, ROA, REU, D-BP-REU) must be submitted by the first Tuesday in December annually. This is a deadline, not a target date. These requests must be submitted through FastLane.

Eligibility:

Supplements are only available to PIs and CoPIs with active awards. Please note that some of the special programs accept supplement requests, and others do not. If your program is not listed here and/or if you have questions about supplement eligibility, please contact your cognizant Program Officer.

Program

RET

RAHSS

ROA

REU

D-BP-REU

Core DEB

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

EEID

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Dimensions of Biodiversity

N

N

N

N

Y

Genealogy of Life

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Before submitting a supplement request, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • no supplements can be awarded if there are any overdue project reports associated with anyone on the award including Co-PIs and all members of a collaborative,
  • supplemental funds must be expended by the expiration date of the original award
  • the IRB/IACUC documentation must be up-to-date and include the timeframe of the supplement
  • if the award budget already included Participant Support funds to support students or teachers, you must clearly explain the extenuating circumstances leading to the request for more such funding
  • as budgets allow, DEB typically provides funds for one REU student per year, but will consider supporting two REU students if the PI can demonstrate a unique opportunity for broadening participation from traditionally underrepresented groups in the biological sciences.

How to Submit: To submit a supplement request, go to https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/fastlane.jsp. Click on "Proposals, Awards, Status", Log in, Click on "Award and Reporting Functions", Click on "Supplemental Funding Request". You will be presented with a list of your current awards. Choose the one that you wish to supplement and follow the instructions. If you wish to request more than one type of supplement (i.e., an REU and an RET), please submit each one separately in FastLane. For questions related to the use of FastLane, contact the FastLane Help Desk: fastlane@nsf.gov or telephone 1-800-673-6188.

After you have prepared the request for supplemental funding, forward it to your organization's Sponsored Research Office for submission.

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

The Dear Colleague Letter: "Research Experience for Teachers (RET): Funding Opportunity in the Biological Sciences” describes how NSF awardees can provide integrated research and education experience for K-12 teachers by including the active participation of these teachers in funded research projects. The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) enthusiastically supports these supplemental awards.

The intent of this endeavor is to facilitate professional development of K-12 science teachers through research experience at the cutting edge of science.

We strongly recommend discussing a potential RET submission with a program director after studying the “Dear Colleague Letter” and prior to submitting the proposal.

The following list can assist in preparing an RET supplement request:

Components to include or consider in an RET Supplement request (limited to 3 pages of project description):

  • Clearly articulate, in some detail, the form and nature of the prospective teacher’s involvement in the Principal Investigator’s ongoing or proposed research.
  • Describe how the experience will lead to transfer of new knowledge to classroom activities and how those activities help fulfill curriculum goals or teacher training stated by the relevant school system.
  • Describe what follow-up would be provided to help in translating the teacher’s research experience into classroom practice.
  • A 2-page CV for each teacher (placed in Supplementary Documents).
  • If relevant, results from the most recent previous RET supplement should be described.
  • We encourage the recruitment of teachers who are members of underrepresented groups (minorities, and persons with disabilities) or whose school is in an underserved community. If you have more than one award, you may request supplements for each award. Please note that RET support is limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • The duration of the RET-supplement will generally be one year and the project may be carried out during summer months, during the academic year, or both.

Budget for an RET supplement request:

  • All costs should be entered into Participant Support Costs (section F of the budget) and explained in the budget justification. Neither indirect costs nor administrative allowances are permitted on Participant Support Costs (see RET within the REU solicitation - NSF 13-542).
  • The budget should include a teacher’s stipend and up to $1,000 for the cost of materials, equipment, software and other supplies for developing classroom instructions and experiments
  • Total expenses for each teacher participant should generally be under $15,000
  • Normally funds may be available for up to two teachers, but exceptions will be considered. If exceptional circumstances require additional funds, please consult with the relevant DEB program officer.
If you have questions, please contact the relevant DEB Program (check the DEB staff listings on the NSF website).

Research Assistantships for High School Students RAHSS

The Dear Colleague Letter: "Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS): Funding to Broaden, Participation in the Biological Sciences” describes how NSF awardees can foster interest in the pursuit of studies in the Biological Sciences; and Broaden participation of high school students, particularly those who are underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and women in sub-disciplines where they are underrepresented. The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) enthusiastically supports these supplemental awards.

The following list can assist you in preparing an RAHSS supplement request:

Components to include in an RAHSS Supplement request (limited to 3 pages of project description):

  • A specific statement in project summary that this is a request for an RAHSS supplement
  • Clear description of the meaningful and challenging activities in which the student(s) will be involved, and how the student(s) will be mentored
  • A plan for encouraging the advancement of the RAHSS student(s) beyond participation in the research program
  • A brief description of the PI's other experience with involving high school students in research. Results from the most recent previous RAHSS supplements must be described, if applicable.
  • The desired start date and duration of supplement (normally a summer experience)
  • The expiration date of the parent award (the supplement must be used up by the time the grant expires)
  • A brief biographical sketch of the student if he or she has already been selected–include in Supplementary Documents

Budget for an RAHSS supplement request:

  • All costs should be entered into Participant Support Costs (section F of the budget) and explained in the budget justification. Neither indirect costs nor administrative allowances are permitted on Participant Support Costs (see REU solicitation - NSF 13-542).
  • Budgets for RAHSS activities are generally under $6,000 per student
  • If exceptional circumstances require additional funds, please consult with the relevant DEB program officer

If you have questions, please contact the relevant DEB Program (check the DEB staff listings on the NSF website).

Research Opportunity Award (ROA)

The goal of a Research Opportunity Award (ROA) activity is to enhance the research productivity and professional development of science faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions (including community colleges) through research activities that enable them to explore the emerging frontiers of science. Such research not only contributes to basic knowledge in science but also provides an opportunity to integrate research and undergraduate education. The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) enthusiastically supports this activity. Further information is available in the RUI Program Announcement NSF-14-579.

We strongly recommend discussing a potential ROA submission with a program director prior to submitting the proposal. The following can assist you in preparing an ROA supplement request:

  • The formal ROA supplement request should clearly describe, in some detail: the research to be conducted by the ROA visitor, a statement from the host about his/her role in the proposed research efforts, the contribution of the proposed work to the visitor’s future research plans and impact on his/her home institution, a budget with appropriate explanatory information, and a biographical sketch for the visitor.
  • ROA activities are most frequently summer experiences, but partial support of sabbaticals may also be provided.
  • ROA supplements are usually about $25,000, including indirect costs.
  • Except for major instrumentation or equipment, almost anything allowable in a regular grant proposal (see the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) for details) may be included in an ROA budget.

The decision to award an ROA supplement will be based on internal review by the Program Director and availability of funds in a particular program

If you have questions, please contact the relevant DEB Program (check the DEB staff listings on the NSF website).

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The “Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)” supplements (NSF 13-542) support NSF awardees in providing integrated research experiences for undergraduates.

The intent of the REU supplement is to help undergraduates participate fully in a research enterprise, from inception and design of the project, to completion and dissemination of results. REU projects should involve students in meaningful ways in research projects, provide opportunities for high-quality interaction of students with faculty and/or other research mentors, and provide access to appropriate facilities and professional development opportunities. Hence, the request should emphasize expected student involvement in all aspects of the project, and mentoring.

DEB programs normally consider requests to fund one student per award, but exceptions will be considered if well justified or if there is an identified student who is a member of an underrepresented group. If you have more than one award, you may request supplements for each award.
The following list can assist you in preparing an REU supplement request and budget.
Components to include in an REU Supplement request (limited to 3 pages of project description):

  • A specific statement in the project summary that this is a request for an REU supplement
  • A description of the form and nature of the student’s involvement in the PI’s NSF research project (include a brief overview of the project)
  • A brief description of the PI's other experience with involving undergraduates in research. Results from the most recent previous REU supplements must be described, if applicable.
  • A description of the selection criteria of the student participant(s) – including the process used for any students already identified – remember that the student must be an undergraduate throughout the entire period he or she receives money from the REU supplement (REU supplements may be used to support high school students who have been accepted to college), and that the student must be either a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or its possessions (or will be by the start date)
  • The desired start date and duration of supplement
  • The expiration date of the parent award (the supplement must be expended by the time the grant expires)
  • An assessment plan to measure the impact of the research experience on the student
  • A brief biographical sketch of the student if he or she has already been selected, please include in Supplementary Documents

Budget for an REU supplement request:

  • All costs should be entered under Participant Support Costs (section F) of the proposal budget and explained in the budget justification. Neither indirect costs nor administrative allowances are permitted on Participant Support Costs (see REU solicitation - NSF 13-542).
  • DEB guidelines for budget development suggest that student stipends for summer projects should be approximately $500 per student per week, in addition to other participant costs which should be explained in the budget justification, such as: supplies (which would be "other" in section F of the budget), room and board, fees, and travel. Academic-year stipends should be comparable on a pro rata basis.
  • DEB recommends costs on the order of $6250 per student, although they have ranged from $6000-$8000 in the past depending on the proposed activities and availability of funds.
If you have questions, please contact the relevant DEB Program (check the DEB staff listings on the NSF website).

Dimensions Broadening Participation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (D-BP-REU):


The Dimensions of Biodiversity (DoB) Program encourages requests for supplemental funding to broaden participation in the biodiversity related workforce. NSF defines broadening participation in terms of individuals from underrepresented groups as well as institutions and geographic areas that do not participate in NSF research programs at rates comparable to others . Identification of a group as underrepresented may vary according to discipline. The Higher Education Act defines the term “minority” as an American Indian, Alaskan Native, Black (not of Hispanic origin), Hispanic (including persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central or South American origin), Pacific Islander, or other ethnic group underrepresented in science and engineering. http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst-list.html.

The Dimensions Broadening Participation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) supplements are intended to support students from underrepresented groups and enhance cooperative efforts between PIs with active Dimensions research awards and faculty at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) or Minority–Serving Institutions (MSIs). This two–mentor model allows the REU student the opportunity to work with a DoB investigator and provides continued mentorship from the faculty member at the PUI or MSI after the student's research experience with the DoB investigator is completed.

The 2020 workforce goal of the Dimensions of Biodiversity program is a diverse, interdisciplinary, globally–engaged scientific workforce capable of transforming and communicating our understanding of biodiversity on earth. To this end, the overarching goals of the Dimensions of Biodiversity Workforce stream are to:

  • Develop a workforce familiar with the tools and skills of biodiversity science, including ecology, taxonomy/ phylogenetics, genetics, cyberinfrastructure, and collections
  • Develop an internationally engaged workforce capable of working across sub–disciplines
  • Increase participation of underrepresented groups, including individuals of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, individuals with disabilities, and non–traditional students (including veterans)
  • Develop a network that facilitates transitions between educational stages and mentoring contributions from faculty at PUIs, MSIs, and more research intensive institutions

Description: PIs and CoPIs with current Dimensions of Biodiversity research awards may apply for supplemental funding to host REU students from underrepresented groups. The REU student(s) must be from a PUI or MSI, and a faculty mentor from that institution should be identified in the proposal. Requests may include a stipend of up to $5000 for the faculty mentor from the REU student’s home institution. This stipend will allow PUI or MSI faculty to mentor the student(s) both at their home institution as well as in collaboration with the Dimensions of Biodiversity PI at the PI's institution.

  • Award Size and Duration: PIs may request supplements for up to 12 months and up to three students. The maximum amount of the supplement is $20,000.
  • All supplement submissions to be considered under this activity should begin with the header: “Dimensions Broadening Participation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (D-BP-REU) supplement request.”
  • See the REU solicitation and guidelines above for components to include in the supplement request

Budget for a Dimensions Broadening Participation REU supplement request:

  • Costs related to hosting REU students may vary, but the budget should detail expenses for providing REU students with appropriate mentoring, materials, and laboratory access at the host institution.
  • Up to $5000 may be requested in Participant Support Costs (line F.4 on the budget) to provide a stipend for a mentor from the student’s institution. The proposal must define the collaborative role played by the home institution mentor in the proposed student’s research and experience.
  • Students must be provided with a stipend for their participation. Details are left to the PI, but we offer the following guidelines, based on other programs. These figures are offered as base guidance and do not consider cost of living, etc.
    • University/College/Community College student: not less than $4000 and for a minimum of eight weeks
    • Veteran: approximately 2-months of the Post-9/11 GI-Bill Housing Basic Allowance for Housing (Calculator at www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm, setting pay grade to E-5.)
  • Housing stipends may be provided for out-of-town REU students. Appropriate safety waivers and transportation waivers should be obtained from all participants.
  • All expenses should be placed under Participant Support Costs (section F of the budget). Neither indirect costs nor administrative allowances are permitted on Participant Support Costs.

If you have any questions please consult with Douglas Levey (703-292-5196, dlevey@nsf.gov)

 

 

Broadening Participation at the National Science Foundation: A Framework for Action, 2008 http://www.nsf.gov/od/broadeningparticipation/framework_report.jsp

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