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Program for Gender Equity in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (FY 2002) (PGE)

Program Announcement

NSF 01-130


LETTER OF INTENT DUE DATE(S) (optional): December 19, 2001, February 19, 2002

January 29, 2002Elementary and Middle School, Informal Education (K-12). Optional letter/email of intent due December 19, 2001.

March 29, 2002High School, Undergraduate, Teacher and Faculty Development, and Educational Technologies. Optional letter/email of intent due February 19, 2002.



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Program Title: Program for Gender Equity in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (FY 2002) (PGE)

Synopsis of Program: The program seeks to broaden the participation of girls and young women in all fields of science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET) education by supporting research, demonstration, and dissemination projects that will lead to change in education policy and practice. Typical projects will investigate gender-related differences in learning; gender-related differences in educational experience, interest, and performance; and pedagogical approaches and teaching styles that are gender-neutral or encouraging to female students. The findings and outcomes of the program will lead to understanding, for example, how to maintain the interest of girls in science past middle school, how to bring more girls into elective high school mathematics and advanced placement science courses, and how to increase enrollments in undergraduate studies in SMET, particularly in physical sciences, engineering and computer sciences. The program offers one to three year grants.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):




A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

B. Budgetary Information

C. Deadline/Target Dates

D. FastLane Requirements





    1. Proposal Preparation Instructions
    2. Budgetary Information
    3. Deadline/Target Dates
    4. FastLane Requirements
    1. NSF Proposal Review Process
    2. Review Protocol and Associated Customer Service Standard
    1. Notification of the Award
    2. Award Conditions
    3. Reporting Requirements


One of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) key strategic goals is to invest in People: to develop a diverse, internationally competitive and globally-engaged workforce of scientists, engineers and well-prepared citizens (ref. NSF GPRA Strategic Plan, FY 2001-FY 2006). Thus investments are directed at programs that strengthen scientific and engineering research potential, and S&E education programs at all levels and in all S&E fields. These outcomes are essential to the Nation as we progress toward an increasingly technological job market and a scientifically complex society.

The Division of Human Resource Development (HRD) manages a portfolio of programs that aim to broaden the participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in SMET learning and in the SMET workforce. Programs are in place to address the learning, interest and participation of women, underrepresented minorities (African-American, Hispanic, Native American), and persons with disabilities, at all levels.

The Program for Gender Equity in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology seeks to build resources - developing the Nation's knowledge capital, social capital, and human capital -- toward the goal of broadening the participation of girls and young women in SMET education from kindergarten through undergraduate education.



Issues of concern underlying the need for the Program include:

Statistical profiles of participation, with analyses, are documented in Trends in Educational Equity of Girls and Women (National Center for Education Statistics, U. S. Department of Education, NCES 2000-030) and the biannual publication Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (National Science Foundation, NSF 00-327), among others.


The goal of the Program for Gender Equity in SMET (PGE) is to advance participation of women and girls in SMET, in accord with NSF's goal of a diverse science and engineering workforce. In the context of that overarching goal, the PGE program supports activities that address the following types of objectives.




The goals of PGE parallel those of many other education and diversity programs at NSF except that they emphasize gender aspects.



Proposals in the Research area may seek to enhance the multidisciplinary understanding of gender differences in human learning -- behavioral, cognitive, affective and social aspects -- through socio-psychological, ethnographic, statistical, anthropological, economic, and organizational studies. Proposals may employ methods from various disciplines in order to produce findings.

The effort should serve to provide a research foundation for educational approaches, curriculum materials, and technological tools that are already developed or can be developed in the future, bridging research and educational practice in settings such as classrooms, informal learning sites, and technological learning environments (e.g., non-academic technological education). The research foundation is assumed to provide a strong base of support for sustained improvement in science and mathematics educational practice. Strong research designs will produce cumulative, reproducible, sustainable and scalable results.

Investigators might:

Research Planning Grants. Research Planning Grants are available for activities required prior to development of a full research proposal. Planning Grants may include preliminary research, activity planning, development of collaborations, etc. The maximum award size is $30,000 with award duration up to 18 months. Planning Grant proposals are to be written in accordance with the general guidelines contained in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG).


Proposals for Demonstration projects will build on research findings and employ methods to determine the effectiveness of new learning tools, pedagogies, professional development programs, or student programs and services in order to produce outcomes. All applicants should review the section Outcome Measures.

Investigators might:

Demonstration Planning Grants. Available for activities required prior to development of a full demonstration or "model" project proposal. Planning Grants may include activity planning, selection of evaluation methods to determine effectiveness, development of collaborations, etc. The maximum award size is $30,000 with award duration up to 18 months. Planning Grant proposals are to be written in accordance with the general guidelines contained in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG).


Dissemination projects provide a mechanism for informing a wider audience about issues, research findings, and strategies for changing educational practice. Proposals for dissemination must justify a significant investment to reach a regional audience or national attention.

Investigators might:


Innovation. Proposals are expected to make a case for innovation by reference to other research findings, other demonstration projects, and other dissemination activities.

Project Evaluation and Assessment. Proposals for research projects should include testable hypotheses and carry the expectation that the results obtained will be of sufficient significance to merit peer review and publication. Proposals for demonstration projects are expected to include an evaluation and assessment plan, and should plan to conduct formative evaluations to guide project development and summative evaluations to document impact. The plans should identify indicators or outcome measures that will be used to determine whether the demonstration was effective in meeting its objectives. The proposal should describe resources devoted to evaluation including allocations in the budget. Dissemination projects should evaluate their success in reaching target audiences and stimulating change.

Dissemination. All projects (research, demonstration, and dissemination) should include a dissemination plan to communicate findings and evaluation results to a national audience. Since the goal of the Program is to contribute to a national knowledge base, it is important to show that the investigator is aware of appropriate channels - journals, publications, web sites, professional association conferences -- and is committed (including allocating resources) to making sure that the investment in the project leads to this contribution and that peers in the research community will benefit.

Commitment and Collaboration. Larger projects will probably involve a collaboration between the submitting institution and others. Evidence of commitment from the submitting institution may be reflected in programmatic participation, release time of project staff, reduced indirect costs, provision of special services or resources, direct fiscal contributions or cost sharing. Evidence of commitment from collaborating partners may be reflected in letters of commitment, direct fiscal contributions, and other resource contributions. In the case of large collaborations, it is useful to describe roles and relationships, and the management structure for the project.

Target Populations. Target populations in research, demonstration, or dissemination projects may be a mix of students, teachers, counselors, parents, community leaders, administrators, teacher-educators, faculty, student and adult mentors, and others. The target population - whether subjects or participants - should be described, especially if the project design is premised on special needs and interests based on educational level, ethnicity, rural/urban environment, and physical disabilities. Proposals addressing gender issues will be stronger if they also broaden participation based on other characteristics.

Leverage. Frequently a proposed project will leverage other initiatives or efforts, for example, build on a pilot or preliminary study or project. It is desirable to leverage related work. The investigator should make a clear distinction between prior investments, including funding, and the proposed work. The proposed work should be significantly different in innovation -- a new concept. If it appears that the proposal is simply continuing an effort (which may have run out of funding), then it does not meet the criterion of innovation. Scaling up a prior pilot project or study must be rationalized in the research or demonstration design. The program will not fund the replication of a prior demonstration project mainly to benefit a larger number of participants. For example, it is within our scope to support testing a curriculum which was developed for a narrow target age-economic-ethnic group by taking it to a different target group. It is not within our scope to take a summer program for girls proven to be effective in a given state to three other states.


The effort required for developing a research and evaluation plan and collecting, measuring, and reporting appropriate outcome data should be supported in the proposed budget. The following outcome measures are illustrative. See for evaluation resources collected for the benefit of NSF grantees.


* Findings on gender-based differences and preferences in learning

* Findings on barriers to girls' interest and performance in learning

* Findings on organizational/institutional change to incorporate gender-inclusive policies and practices

* Development of human capacity (researchers in this field)


* Institutionalization

* Replication

* K-12 Student Outcomes:

* K-12 Adult Outcomes:

* Post-Secondary Student Outcomes:

* Post-Secondary Faculty Outcomes:


* Audience Reach and Impact on Knowledge or Attitudes

* New Knowledge

* New Institutional Policies and Practices Related to Gender and Diversity


An organization may not, in the same competition, submit as the primary performer on one proposal and as a collaborator on another proposal.


Research or demonstration grants may be up to $900,000 for up to three years, pending availability of funds. The proposal should include a budget for each year and a summary budget if there are multiple years.

Dissemination proposals may request up to $100,000 for up to 18 months.

A planning grant (up to $30,000 for up to 18 months) is appropriate for an institution planning to submit a proposal for a large research or demonstration effort later. A planning grant does not imply an NSF commitment beyond the planning period. Planning grantees are expected to submit a proposal for a large grant subsequent to completion of the planning grant, within two competition years after award.

The proposed start dates should be at least seven months from the date of submission.

Funds should be budgeted for the principal investigator to attend a two-day grantees' meeting in Washington, D.C. area, each award year (usually in early October).

A limited equipment request is allowed for projects intensive in educational technologies, for development. Equipment for participants in demonstration programs and office equipment for project staff are expected to come from other sources.

PGE research projects are eligible for REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) supplements, which expressly support the participation of undergraduate students on the project research team. Please see the REU announcement for complete parameters and the method for making a request for an REU supplement (NSF 00-107).


A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

Full Proposal:

Proposals submitted in response to this program announcement/solicitation should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the general guidelines contained in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). The complete text of the GPG is available electronically on the NSF Web Site at: Paper copies of the GPG may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (301) 947-2722 or by e-mail from

The Proposal Project Description should address:

The Title should be prefaced with an abbreviation identifying the PGE goal supported by the proposal:

The Project Summary should:

Letters of commitment should be included in the Supplementary Documentation section of Fastlane.

Institutions that are or have been award recipients of NSF programs in education should explain the relationship between the proposed work and prior funded work. For example, recipients of grants to broaden participation of minorities or persons with disabilities should describe why funding for gender aspects is sought separately. Recipients of grants to develop curriculum should describe why incorporating gender-fair features requires separate funding. Prior grantees of PGE should emphasize the results of prior grants and describe the innovation, complementarity, and value added by the proposed work.


Proposals should be submitted to a competition based on the target age group and the type of proposed project. In cases where the scope of a proposal crosses age groups and combines types across the competitions described below, we encourage you to consult with the program directors for clarification as to which deadline would be more suitable.


Contact Dr. Margrete S. Klein for consultations. (Contact information is in Section VIII.) The scope is:

* Informal programs, K-12 (includes high school)

* Curriculum, K-8 (except intensive applications of education technology)

* Pedagogy, K-8

* Studies of learning and gender

* Dissemination with focus on any topic in this group


Contact Dr. Ruta Sevo for consultations. (Contact information is in Section VIII.) The scope is:

* Curriculum and programs

* Application of educational technologies K-16

* Professional development of adults (in-service and pre-service)

* Studies of organizational and institutional change to incorporate gender inclusive values

* Dissemination with focus on any topics in this group

Proposers are reminded to identify the program solicitation number (NSF 01-130) in the program announcement/solicitation block on the proposal Cover Sheet (NSF Form 1207). Compliance with this requirement is critical to determining the relevant proposal processing guidelines. Failure to submit this information may delay processing.

B. Budgetary Information

Cost sharing is not required in proposals submitted under this Program Announcement.

Other Budgetary Limitations: Research or demonstration budgets may be up to $900,000, pending availability of funds. Funds should be budgeted for the principal investigator to attend a two-day grantee's meeting in Washington, D.C. area, each award year (usually in October). A limited equipment request may be allowed. (See Section IV.

C. Deadline/Target Dates

Proposals must be submitted by the following date(s):

Letters of Intent (optional): December 19, 2001, February 19, 2002
Full Proposals by 5:00 PM local time:
January 29, 2002Elementary and Middle School, Informal Education (K-12). Optional letter/email of intent due December 19, 2001.

March 29, 2002High School, Undergraduate, Teacher and Faculty Development, and Educational Technologies. Optional letter/email of intent due February 19, 2002.

D. FastLane Requirements

Proposers are required to prepare and submit all proposals for this Program Announcement through the FastLane system. Detailed instructions for proposal preparation and submission via FastLane are available at: For FastLane user support, call 1-800-673-6188 or e-mail

Submission of Signed Cover Sheets. The Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) must electronically sign the proposal Cover Sheet to submit the required proposal certifications (see Chapter II, Section C of the Grant Proposal Guide for a listing of the certifications). The AOR must provide the required certifications within five working days following the electronic submission of the proposal. Further instructions regarding this process are available on the FastLane website at:


A. NSF Proposal Review Process

Reviews of proposals submitted to NSF are solicited from peers with expertise in the substantive area of the proposed research or education project. These reviewers are selected by Program Officers charged with the oversight of the review process. NSF invites the proposer to suggest at the time of submission, the names of appropriate or inappropriate reviewers. Care is taken to ensure that reviewers have no conflicts with the proposer. Special efforts are made to recruit reviewers from non-academic institutions, minority-serving institutions, or adjacent disciplines to that principally addressed in the proposal.

Proposals will be reviewed against the following general review criteria established by the National Science Board. Following each criterion are potential considerations that the reviewer may employ in the evaluation. These are suggestions and not all will apply to any given proposal. Each reviewer will be asked to address only those that are relevant to the proposal and for which he/she is qualified to make judgements.

Principal Investigators should address the following elements in their proposal to provide reviewers with the information necessary to respond fully to both of the above-described NSF merit review criteria. NSF staff will give these elements careful consideration in making funding decisions.

A summary rating and accompanying narrative will be completed and signed by each reviewer. In all cases, reviews are treated as confidential documents. Verbatim copies of reviews, excluding the names of the reviewers, are sent to the Principal Investigator/Project Director by the Program Director. In addition, the proposer will receive an explanation of the decision to award or decline funding.

B. Review Protocol and Associated Customer Service Standard

All proposals are carefully reviewed by at least three other persons outside NSF who are experts in the particular field represented by the proposal. Proposals submitted in response to this announcement/solicitation will be reviewed by Panel Review.

Reviewers will be asked to formulate a recommendation to either support or decline each proposal. The Program Officer assigned to manage the proposal's review will consider the advice of reviewers and will formulate a recommendation.

In most cases, proposers will be contacted by the Program Officer after his or her recommendation to award or decline funding has been approved by the Division Director. This informal notification is not a guarantee of an eventual award.

NSF is striving to be able to tell applicants whether their proposals have been declined or recommended for funding within six months for 70 percent of proposals. The time interval begins on the date of receipt. The interval ends when the Division Director accepts the Program Officer's recommendation.

In all cases, after programmatic approval has been obtained, the proposals recommended for funding will be forwarded to the Division of Grants and Agreements for review of business, financial, and policy implications and the processing and issuance of a grant or other agreement. Proposers are cautioned that only a Grants and Agreements Officer may make commitments, obligations or awards on behalf of NSF or authorize the expenditure of funds. No commitment on the part of NSF should be inferred from technical or budgetary discussions with a NSF Program Officer. A Principal Investigator or organization that makes financial or personnel commitments in the absence of a grant or cooperative agreement signed by the NSF Grants and Agreements Officer does so at its own risk.


A. Notification of the Award

Notification of the award is made to the submitting organization by a Grants Officer in the Division of Grants and Agreements. Organizations whose proposals are declined will be advised as promptly as possible by the cognizant NSF Program Division administering the program. Verbatim copies of reviews, not including the identity of the reviewer, will be provided automatically to the Principal Investigator. (See section VI.A. for additional information on the review process.)

B. Award Conditions

An NSF award consists of: (1) the award letter, which includes any special provisions applicable to the award and any numbered amendments thereto; (2) the budget, which indicates the amounts, by categories of expense, on which NSF has based its support (or otherwise communicates any specific approvals or disapprovals of proposed expenditures); (3) the proposal referenced in the award letter; (4) the applicable award conditions, such as Grant General Conditions (NSF-GC-1)* or Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Terms and Conditions * and (5) any announcement or other NSF issuance that may be incorporated by reference in the award letter. Cooperative agreement awards also are administered in accordance with NSF Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions (CA-1). Electronic mail notification is the preferred way to transmit NSF awards to organizations that have electronic mail capabilities and have requested such notification from the Division of Grants and Agreements.

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More comprehensive information on NSF Award Conditions is contained in the NSF Grant Policy Manual (GPM) Chapter II, available electronically on the NSF Web site at The GPM is also for sale through the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402. The telephone number at GPO for subscription information is (202) 512-1800. The GPM may be ordered through the GPO Web site at

C. Reporting Requirements

For all multi-year grants (including both standard and continuing grants), the PI must submit an annual project report to the cognizant Program Officer at least 90 days before the end of the current budget period.

Within 90 days after the expiration of an award, the PI also is required to submit a final project report. Approximately 30 days before expiration, NSF will send a notice to remind the PI of the requirement to file the final project report. Failure to provide final technical reports delays NSF review and processing of pending proposals for that PI. PIs should examine the formats of the required reports in advance to assure availability of required data.

NSF has implemented an electronic project reporting system, available through FastLane. This system permits electronic submission and updating of project reports, including information on project participants (individual and organizational), activities and findings, publications, and other specific products and contributions. PIs will not be required to re-enter information previously provided, either with a proposal or in earlier updates using the electronic system.


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