Directorate for Education & Human Resources
NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars
This program has been archived.
See program guidelines for contact information.
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.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to promote
improvements in the education of undergraduates who enroll in
science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) courses.
The NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars (DTS)
recognizes and rewards individuals with distinguished records of
educating undergraduates while also contributing significantly to
the scholarship of a STEM discipline. DTS is part of NSF's
efforts to promote an academic culture that values and rewards
members of the community who contribute to both disciplinary
scholarship and the STEM education of undergraduates,
including students who are not majoring in STEM disciplines.
The Director's Award is the highest honor bestowed by the NSF for
excellence in both teaching and research in STEM fields, or in
educational research related to these disciplines. The awards will
be conferred at a ceremony held at the National Science