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Chris Hoadley
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John Cherniavsky
jchernia@nsf.gov, 703-292-5136

Kevin Crowston
kcrowsto@nsf.gov, 703-292-5311

Bryan Lyles
jlyles@nsf.gov, 703-292-8950

Tanya Korelsky
tkorelsk@nsf.gov, 703-292-8930

Evan Heit
ekheit@nsf.gov, 703-292-4305

Laura Namy
lnamy@nsf.gov, 703-292-7305

Soo-Siang Lim
slim@nsf.gov, 703-292-8740

Almadena Chtchelkanova
achtchel@nsf.gov, 703-292-8910

Glenn Larsen
glarsen@nsf.gov, 703-292-4607

Kevin Lee
kelee@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4639

Solicitation 14-526

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 19, 2014

Exploration Projects (EXPs)

Third Friday in December, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  January 19, 2015

Development and Implementation (DIPs)

Third Monday in January, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Target Date:  March 27, 2015

Capacity-Building Projects (CAPs)

Last Friday in March, Annually Thereafter

Letter of Intent Deadline Date:  May 11, 2015

Letter of Intent: Integration (INT) Projects only

Second Monday in May, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  July 13, 2015

Integration Projects (INTs)

Second Monday in July, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Target Date:  July 31, 2015

Capacity-Building Projects (CAPs)

Last Friday in July, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Target Date:  December 7, 2015

Capacity-Building Projects (CAPs)

First Monday in December, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  December 18, 2015

Exploration Projects (EXPs)

Third Friday in December, Annually Thereafter

The purpose of the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program is to integrate opportunities offered by emerging technologies with advances in what is known about how people learn to advance three interconnected thrusts:

  • Innovation: inventing and improving next-generation genres (types) of learning technologies, identifying new means of using technology for fostering and assessing learning, and proposing new ways of integrating learning technologies with each other and into learning environments to foster and assess learning;
  • Advancing understanding of how people learn in technology-rich learning environments: enhancing understanding of how people learn and how to better foster and assess learning, especially in technology-rich learning environments that offer new opportunities for learning and through data collection and computational modeling of learners and groups of learners that can be done only in such environments; and
  • Promoting broad use and transferability of new genres: extracting lessons from experiences with these technologies that can inform design and use of new genres across disciplines, populations, and learning environments; advancing understanding of how to foster learning through effective use these new technologies and the environments they are integrated into.

The intention of this program is to advance technologies that specifically focus on the experiences of learners; innovations that simply focus on making teaching easier will not be funded. Proposals that focus on teachers or facilitators as learners are invited; the aim in these proposals should be to help teachers and facilitators learn to make the learning experiences of learners more effective.

Proposals are expected to address all three of the program's thrusts. Of particular interest are technological advances that (1) foster deep understanding of content coordinated with masterful learning of practices and skills; (2) draw in and encourage learning among populations not served well by current educational practices; and/or (3) provide new ways of assessing understanding, engagement, and capabilities of learners. It is expected that research funded by this program will shed light on how technology can enable new forms of educational practice. This program does not support proposals that aim simply to implement and evaluate a particular software application or technology in support of a specific course.

Awards will be made in three research categories, each focusing on a different stage of research and development: Exploration (EXP), Design and Implementation (DIP), and Integration (INT). The program will also support small Capacity-Building Projects (CAP), e.g., conferences, workshops, and partnership-building activities, and will continue to participate in NSF's Foundation-Wide programs: EAGER, RAPID, INSPIRE, and CAREER.

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