LSAMP "Bridge to the Doctorate (BD)" for Phase III LSAMP
The Directorate for Education and Human Resources
through the Division of Human Resource Development (HRD) announces
the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Cohort
III supplemental activity, “Bridge to the Doctorate (BD)," beginning
in FY 2005. The goal of these supplements is to fund the initial
two years of graduate study at Phase III LSAMP Alliance institutions.
This activity will broaden participation through the attraction
of underrepresented minority students in science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Additionally, this activity
seeks to remove minority students' hesitancy about entering graduate
school, and the fear of creating additional financial indebtedness
associated with initial graduate education.
Approximately 24,000 baccalaureate degree recipients are produced
annually at LSAMP institutions. In order to ensure the matriculation
of a larger number of these well trained and educated underrepresented
minority students to graduate school, two-year supplemental funding
on a competitive basis will be available to Phase III LSAMP Alliances.
Each Phase III LSAMP Alliance may designate
one graduate institutional site in their Alliance for this activity.
The Alliance's lead institution must submit the proposal. All STEM
disciplines qualify for support. However, sites are encouraged
to support STEM disciplines that are sparsely represented nationally
by minority groups. Examples of such fields include: chemistry,
physics, mathematics, geosciences, environmental, atmospheric and
polar research fields, etc. Applications focused on a single STEM
field will be returned without review.
LIMIT ON NUMBER OF PROPOSALS/AND ELIGIBLE STUDENT PARTICIPANTS
Only one proposal per Alliance may be submitted. Only LSAMP students,
e.g. graduating seniors and previous graduates from an LSAMP Program
nationwide, are eligible under this activity.
GRADUATE STUDENTS / STIPEND RECIPIENTS
LSAMP supports sustained
and comprehensive approaches that facilitate achievement of the
long-term goal of increasing the number of students who earn doctorates
in STEM fields, particularly those from populations underrepresented
in STEM fields, and are citizens or permanent residents of the
U.S. or its possessions.
ANTICIPATED TYPE OF AWARD
Supplements to existing Phase III LSAMP
Alliance cooperative agreements.
ESTIMATED NUMBER OF AWARDS
Approximately, eighteen (18) supplements.
AWARD SIZE AND DURATION OF SUPPLEMENT
$ 501,000 for Year 1 and
$ 486,000 for Year 2 (maximum of $ 987,000 for two years) pending
the availability of funds and satisfactory progress in Year 1.
SUPPORT FOR ACTIVITIES UNDER THIS SUPPLEMENT
A critical mass of
twelve (12 ) LSAMP graduate students from STEM disciplines are
required and will be supported under this supplemental activity.
The NSF contribution to graduate student stipends will be $30,000
per year (12 months) for each of twelve students. Successfully
matriculating graduate students are expected to receive a second
year stipend at this dollar support level. NSF will provide a cost-of-education
allowance to the institution for tuition, health insurance, and
other normal fees of $10,500 per year for each of twelve students.
NSF will provide a flat $15,000 allowance per award in lieu of
indirect costs. Graduate stipends should be listed on Line F., "Participant
Support," on the proposal budget. All stipend recipients funded
under this supplement must be citizens or permanent residents of
the U.S. or its possessions, to be consistent with the LSAMP cooperative
LSAMP’s "Bridge to the Doctorate" activity
is expected to include effective strategies for recruiting, retaining,
educating and graduating the participants. Proposals must provide
documentation of past performance at the designated graduate institutional
site of retaining, graduating and placing significant numbers of
its underrepresented minority graduates into doctoral degree programs.
A plan for formally connecting a significant number of newly minted
LSAMP students including Master's Degree graduates, to doctoral
degree programs is also expected. Tracking of project participants
into doctoral degree programs and into the workforce, including
the professoriate is expected. Other highly valued activities will
include regular BD meetings, mentoring of students and the allocation
of resources to support student participation at professional meetings
(at least one such meeting per year), one LSAMP National Meeting
and the hosting of seminars/workshops for the participants on such
topics as, but not limited to:
- How to thrive in graduate school,
- Demystifying doctorate and postdoctoral
- Elements and intricacies of the science and engineering
workforce enterprise, especially the professorate.
Proposal supplements must be prepared in accordance with the
NSF Form 1030 HRD (9/94) should be used in all submissions.
The three columns included on this budget form request information
on funds requested from NSF, non-federal dollars, and total
Panel and NSF staff will review the proposals
Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m.
local time on April 29, 2005.
Proposals in response to this
Dear Colleague letter must be submitted through the FastLane
system. Detailed instructions for preparation and submission
via FastLane are available at https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/fastlane.jsp For
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Inquiries regarding this funding opportunity should
be directed to the following person:
Dr. A. James Hicks
Division of Human Resource Development (HRD)
(703) 292-4668; firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald E. Thompson
Acting Division Director