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Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings

Advancing Informal STEM Learning  (AISL)

Bridging the Practice-Research Gap

Science Learning Plus (SL+) funders, of which NSF is one, will host an online CAISE forum called "Bridging the Practice-Research Gap," from July 6-17: http://informalscience.org/perspectives/news/science-learning-plus-forum. The forum seeks to bring together participants from the US and the UK to share promising practices for creating practice-research collaborations, a key goal of the SL+ Program.
Topics will include: How to make collaborations effective; Bridging between practice and research; Starting new collaborations; International collaborations. All are most welcome to share experiences of all kinds and ask questions.
This is a great opportunity for newcomers to informal STEM education, those interested in applying for Phase 2 SL+ grants, and anyone interested in learning or sharing about partnerships, especially across the practice-research gap. The forum will be jointly moderated by Sue Allen, a consultant to the Noyce Foundation, and Colin Johnson, an advisor to the Wellcome Trust.
If you are interested in participating in the forum, please request to join the Group when it opens on July 6. To do so, click the link to the Community page on informalscience.org where the Group will be listed: http://informalscience.org/community.

New AISL Solicitation

A new solicitation for the AISL program is in progress.  Please check back in the summer for the new solicitation but continue to refer to the current solicitation below for general information about the program.


Name Email Phone Room
Address Questions to the  Program DRLAISL@nsf.gov (703)292-8616   

For administrative questions contact the Program by e-mail at DRLAISL@nsf.gov or phone at (703)292-8616


Solicitation  14-555

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR 200). Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


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The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants.

The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pathways, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops, and (6) Science Learning+ Proposals.


Center for the Advancement Of Informal Science Education


What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program



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