Graduate Research Supplements (GRS) to Current ECS and BES Awards
to Broaden Participation of Women and Underrepresented Minority
April 21, 2005
Division of Electrical and Communications Systems (ECS)
Division of Bioengineering and Environmental Systems (BES)
This letter is to call your attention to a new opportunity to
broaden participation of women and underrepresented minority students
in Ph.D. programs in electrical engineering and biomedical/biochemical/environmental
engineering through supplements to current research grants funded
by the Electrical and Communications Systems Division (ECS) or
the Bioengineering and Environmental Systems Division (BES) in
the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation.
The long-term goal of the Graduate Research Supplements (GRS) is
to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities
in advanced academic and professional careers. The establishment
of GRS reflects the continuing effort by ECS and BES to promote
increased participation of women and minority students in all fields
of electrical engineering and biomedical/biochemical/environmental
engineering research. According to the 2003 American Society of
Engineering Education (ASEE) report on engineering faculty, there
are 9.9% women, 2.0% African American, and 3.2% Hispanic tenured/tenure-track
teaching faculty members, with little variation from 2001 to 2003.
In a recent NSF study, it was found that among engineering faculty
only 13.7% of assistant professors were women. This figure dropped
to 6.3% at the associate professor level and to an even lower 1.4%
at the full professor level. Comparable percentages for African-American
faculty are 2.9%, 2.8% and 1.5%, while percentages for Hispanic
faculty members are 4.6%, 4.0% and 2.2%. The percentages of tenured/tenure
track teaching faculty in electrical engineering are 8.0% women,
2.6% African American, and 4.7% Hispanic. Similarly, the percentages
for environmental engineering are 14.7% women, 4.9% African American,
and 2.9% Hispanic and for biomedical engineering are 16.6% women,
1.5% African American, and 1.8% Hispanic. With such exceedingly
low levels of women and minority faculty, ECS and BES recognize
that women and minorities represent a significant untapped technical
resource for the Nation.
ECS in collaboration with BES is initiating a pilot program through
GRS to encourage active participation of women and minority Ph.D.
students majoring in electrical engineering, or biomedical/biochemical/environmental
engineering in on-going research programs funded by ECS or BES.
It is anticipated that GRS will help in the development of intellectual
synergy between faculty and students, will provide faculty with
the opportunity to involve additional graduate students in on-going
research programs, will lead to greater retention of students in
the targeted populations, and will foster a learning and career
advancement environment that supports students from underrepresented
ANTICIPATED TYPE OF AWARD
Supplements to ECS or BES awards.
A request for funding of a GRS should be made by the Principal Investigator of
an existing ECS or BES award. Only one graduate student qualifying for a GRS
may be supported under each research grant. GRS candidates must be United States
citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States. The
graduate student must enroll for their Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering
or biomedical/biochemical/environmental engineering.
Supplement requests should be submitted through FastLane as described in http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/fastlane.htm,
following the instructions described in the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) at http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg,
for Supplemental Funding Requests. The procedure is the same as that described
in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) supplement. The Principal
Investigator must enter a description of the proposed GRS activity (limited to
3 pages) including a justification of the funds requested and a supporting budget.
The proposal should articulate the form and nature of the involvement of identified
graduate students majoring in electrical engineering or biomedical/biochemical/environmental
engineering in the Principal Investigator's ongoing research program. The Directorate
for Engineering expects that the GRS student will contribute to activities that
comprise the intellectual core of the funded research effort. Since it is anticipated
that a GRS will promote increased participation of women and minority graduate
students in electrical engineering and biomedical/biochemical/environmental engineering,
the proposal for a GRS should indicate the follow-up mechanism will be provided
to encourage career advancement of GRS students beyond their participation in
the research program. In addition, a brief biographical sketch of the candidate
student must be included, which should incorporate the student's long-range career
goals and commitment to diversity as a resource for enriching education in electrical
engineering or biomedical/biochemical/environmental engineering. For further
guidance concerning the GRS the Principal Investigator should consult with the
Program Director of the ECS or BES award under which the GRS is to be supported.
Inquiries regarding possible conflict-of-interest situations and other questions
should be addressed to the GRS coordinators.
An award decision will be based on internal review by the ECS or
BES Program Director, and availability of funds in a particular
AWARD SIZE AND DURATION
An ECS or BES awardee may request a GRS for twelve months, renewable annually,
for the duration of the research grant for a maximum period of three years for
an individual student. The supplements are nontransferable and may include graduate
student stipend and tuition support consistent with academic institutional practices.
Indirect costs are not permitted; however, an administration allowance limited
to 25% of the student stipend may be included.
Total anticipated funding available for this supplement is $400,000
per year beginning in FY 2005, pending the availability of funds.
The estimated number of supplements awarded will be 10-12.
The deadline for submission of the request is June 30, 2005.
The Directorate for Engineering encourages ECS and BES grantees
to disseminate information on GRS to students planning to pursue
the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering or biomedical/biochemical/environmental
engineering who share a commitment to diversity as a resource for
enriching education in electrical engineering or biomedical/biochemical/environmental
engineering. The Directorate for Engineering anticipates that GRS
will open and facilitate new avenues for increasing the participation
of women and minority students in electrical engineering and biomedical/biochemical/environmental
engineering, and in turn, enhance the development of the U.S. engineering
workforce in accordance with the Engineer of 2020 report of the
National Academy of Engineering that foresees an engineering profession,
that remains underrepresented with respect to women and minorities
in the year 2020.
Inquiries regarding the supplement should be directed to one of
the following GRS Coordinators.
Dr. Usha Varshney (Coordinator)
Acting Division Director
Division of Electrical and Communications Systems
Dr. Bruce Hamilton (Coordinator)
Acting Division Director
Division of Bioengineering and Environmental Systems