NSF: Broadening Participation
NSF is committed to broadening participation and improving education and workforce development in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). NSF's goals to create opportunities and develop innovative strategies to broaden participation among diverse individuals, institutions and geographic areas were detailed in its Strategic Plan for FY 2006-2011 titled "Investing in America's Future."
A new program, Comprehensive Broadening Participation of Undergraduates in STEM, will enhance and build on the successes realized through existing undergraduate programs: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP), Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), and Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP). This new strategically aligned program will help build transformative, sustainable partnerships among the HBCU, Hispanic-serving, TCU and LSAMP communities to strengthen their STEM contributions to tomorrow's workforce.
The Comprehensive Broadening Participation of Undergraduates in STEM program will increase the participation in the STEM fields by:
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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