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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Engineering

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in engineering is essential to the health, security, and prosperity of the United States. NSF is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce to increase the Nation's capacity to perform engineering research and development, enhance innovation, and create new technologies that benefit society.

Through NSF, the engineering community can get involved by performing research, joining and building the community, and supporting diverse students. NSF also provides funding for career-life balance and varied career paths. NSF-funded activities and other resources offer effective ways to broaden participation and nurture diverse communities in engineering.

Find out more about these opportunities in the links below.

Perform research

NSF funding provides opportunities for individual researchers and teams to understand barriers and create methods for increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in engineering.

See a full list of programs in NSF's Broadening Participation portfolio.

Learn about funding opportunities in the September 2020 NSF webinar on Broadening Participation in STEM through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Join and build the community

NSF-funded networks and infrastructure create and support a diverse and inclusive science and engineering enterprise.

NSF also provides funding opportunities to build diverse and inclusive communities for graduate students, post-docs and faculty:

Train and mentor students, postdocs and veterans

NSF funding opportunities help communities build and nurture a diverse engineering workforce.

Encourage career-life balance and varied career paths

NSF activities help attract, retain, and support graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty along a variety of career paths in STEM fields.

Learn from colleagues

Hear from eminent engineering faculty and leaders about their experiences, the barriers to inclusion in engineering, and strategies for meaningful changes to increase participation of people of color:

Watch NSF's fall 2020 Black Lives in Engineering panel and Black Lives in Science panel.

Dive deeper

Learn about wider efforts and gain context for increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion.