Directorate for Engineering
Broadening Participation in Engineering
|It is recommended that all potential investigators contact a cognizant program officer before submission through the Mentoring and Networking Opportunities track or the Broadening Participation Research track of this Program Description.|
Apply to PD 13-7680 as follows:
For full proposals submitted via FastLane:
standard Grant Proposal Guidelines apply.
For full proposals submitted via Grants.gov:
NSF Grants.gov Application Guide; A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines apply
(Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at:
Important Notice to Proposers
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.
Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.
A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.
Full Proposal Accepted Anytime
All Proposals Except for BRIGE
Full proposals to the Mentoring and Networking Track and the Broadening Participation Research Track are accepted any time. Potential investigators are encouraged to contact a cognizant program officer prior to submission.
BRIGE proposals are subject to the annual BRIGE Solicitation deadline.
BRIGE WEBINARS: Potential PIs for BRIGE proposals are invited to participate in a webinar, which will serve to clarify changes in the solicitation and to provide guidance for proposal preparation. Participation in one of these webinars is NOT mandatory, and all necessary information for preparation of a proposal is contained in the Solicitation document and in the PAPPG (NSF 13-001). Information on webinar dates and times, as well as login instructions are contained here: http://www.nsf.gov/eng/eec/webinars/EEC_BRIGE_Webinar.jsp
The Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) Program is a Directorate-wide activity to support the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of engineering graduates, particularly those with advanced degrees. A central theme of the program's activities is enhancing the ability of early career faculty members, particularly those from underrepresented groups, to succeed in their careers as researchers and educators. The Broadening Participation in Engineering Program supports projects to engage and develop diverse teams that can offer unique perspectives and insights to challenges in engineering research and education. By seeing problems in different ways, a diverse workforce can encourage innovation and scientific breakthroughs. Throughout this Program Description, the term underrepresented groups will refer to and include the following: women, persons with disabilities, and ethnic/racial groups which are in the minority in engineering, specifically African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders.
The Engineering Directorate recognizes that broadening participation is a systemic issue, with a need for wide-ranging and comprehensive interventions at all levels of the educational system. While there is a general need to diversify pathways that lead to engineering careers, the BPE program currently supports engineering faculty, particularly early career faculty, in integrating broadening participation and diversity with their scholarly activities, including education, research and innovation. Given that engineering addresses human needs, the US population is becoming much more diverse, and engineering practice increasingly turns to customers in designing innovations, it is critical that the faculty of the future are able to draw from diverse perspectives in their engineering research and educational activities.
In alignment with the goals of the Engineering Directorate (ENG) and with other programs in the Engineering Education and Centers Division, the BPE Program is interested in areas related to:
- Understanding how a diverse engineering student body, professional workforce, and faculty impact engineering innovation and productivity.
- The underlying issues affecting the differential participation rates in engineering, particularly those that can be addressed by engineering faculty members.
- The experiences and interactions that enhance or inhibit underrepresented groups' persistence to degree and career interest in the professoriate.
BPE award activities should be informed by the body of knowledge that surrounds these (and other) important research questions; and in turn add to that knowledge base.
The Broadening Participation in Engineering program has three synergistic elements:
Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering (BRIGE) is designed to promote the development of early career faculty who will become champions for diversity and broadening participation throughout their careers, and who can serve as change agents on their campuses. BRIGE awards will enable early career faculty to integrate effective diversity strategies in their engineering research, education, and innovation activities, thus making them more competitive for promotion and tenure or receiving additional NSF funding such as CAREER awards. Proposals from women, persons with disabilities, and members of groups underrepresented in engineering as well as faculty from Minority Serving Institutions are especially encouraged. BRIGE proposals may only be submitted through the BRIGE solicitation.
Establishing Mentoring and Networking Opportunities for early career engineering faculty members that allow targeted faculty to engage with, learn from, and network with diverse individuals and groups in ways that will demonstrably enhance their long term career success. The program is particularly interested in creating opportunities for early career faculty from groups typically under-represented in engineering departments. Funds will be utilized primarily to seed new networking and mentoring opportunities rather than fund ongoing efforts; thus all projects are expected to develop a plan for sustainability independent of further NSF support.
Broadening Participation Research supports up to 3-year research projects that seek to create and study new models and innovations related to the participation and success of groups underrepresented in engineering graduate education, postdoctoral training, and academic engineering careers. The program accepts a range of project scales from small, exploratory projects to larger scale investigations with a broad, systemic scope; project budgets should match the project scope. Small-scale, exploratory projects that contribute to the knowledge base of diversifying faculty in engineering-for example exploring matriculation into graduate programs, reward structures for faculty, or ways to broaden participation from specific groups-are strongly encouraged.
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Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, January 2013 (NSF 13-001)
THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF
Engineering Workforce Development
What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program