for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG): Call for Ideas
The OEDG Program was established in FY 2002 to serve a critical
role in focusing the geoscience community on efforts designed to
address the fact that certain groups are underrepresented in the
geosciences relative to their proportions in the general population.
The primary goal of the OEDG Program has been to increase participation
in the geosciences by African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native
Americans (American Indians and Alaskan Natives), Native Pacific
Islanders (Polynesians or Micronesians), and persons with disabilities.
A secondary goal of the program has been to increase the perceived
relevance of the geosciences among broad and diverse segments of
the population. The OEDG Program has supported a variety of effective
pilot projects and full-scale projects that include activities to
increase the number of members of underrepresented groups who:
- Are involved in formal pre-college geoscience education programs;
- Pursue and earn Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral
degrees in the geosciences;
- Enter geoscience careers; and
- Participate in informal geoscience education programs, including
After a decade of OEDG investments, and in light of other recent
advances in the science of broadening participation, the time is
right for taking a short hiatus in order to review the accomplishments
and impacts of our past investments and reconsider where the emphasis
should be placed in OEDG program solicitation priorities going forward.
The "Strategic Framework for Education and Diversity, Facilities,
International Activities, and Data and Informatics in the Geosciences"
released in 2012 as a companion to the GEO Vision Report, articulates
GEO's overarching objectives and near-term priorities for advancing
the geoscience community's goals related to broadening participation.
This framework acknowledges the complex factors that challenge our
ability to engage a more diverse geoscience community and identifies
a number of potential areas of investment. During FY 2013, NSF needs
to identify the most important targets for funding, as well as the
most efficient approaches for engaging relevant stakeholders and
implementing/scaling-up evidence-based best practices and resources,
so as to optimize its return-on-investment.
YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: November 9, 2012
Ideas submitted after this deadline will not be considered.
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR OEDG TOPIC SUBMISSIONS
WHY WE NEED THIS INFORMATION:
We are currently in the process of re-focusing the OEDG program
and invite the broader research community to provide their
suggestions for topic areas.
HOW THE INFORMATION WILL BE USED:
All the information you submit will remain confidential. NSF
staff will review all submitted comments/ideas, in consultation
with external experts. NSF expects to synthesize these comments
and convene webinars and online discussions with the geosciences
community later in the fall, to further refine concepts that
may ultimately be incorporated in a revised OEDG program solicitation.
NSF will not be able to provide responses to individual comments.
T H I N K F O R W A R D
The comments and ideas
that you submit should provide forward-looking views, informed
by current research on broadening participation in STEM. Comments
that identify community opportunities to leverage other NSF
or Federal agency resources to achieve maximum impact related
to broadening participation in the geosciences are especially
The comments should not simply summarize or justify your
own ongoing research, education or outreach activities.
The description should contain a title, name(s) of submitter(s),
and organization(s) of submitter(s).
Note: Topics that can be addressed
through other funding opportunities at NSF (e.g., the programs
in EHR/HRD) should not be included.
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