Division of Undergraduate Education
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program
NSF/Jobs Council Activity
The Directorate for Education and Human Resources, the Directorate for Engineering, and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering announce a cooperative activity between NSF and members of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (Jobs Council) to stimulate comprehensive action at universities and colleges to help increase the annual number of new B.S. graduates in engineering and computer science by 10,000: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf12108. Proposals for support of projects would be submitted under a special funding focus (Graduate 10K+) within the NSF Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP). Please note the revised deadline date of December 10, 2012.
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 Deadline Date: December 3, 2013
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) seeks 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). Type 1 proposals are solicited that provide for full implementation efforts at academic institutions. Type 2 proposals are solicited that support educational research projects on associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM.
This program provides educational opportunities for
This program supports institutions which may provide support to individuals at those institutions. To inquire about opportunities in this program, contact one of the awarded institutions, available by clicking on the Awards link.
STEPcentral.net: A Community Forum for NSF STEP Projects
What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)
Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program