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Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings

Advancing Informal STEM Learning  (AISL)

AISL Solicitation and Webinars

AISL Reviewers Needed  

If you are interested in reviewing AISL proposals, please submit a brief CV and a 2-4 sentence description of your experience related to learning in informal environments, including (as applicable) disciplinary, methods, theory, and age group experience, to

AISL Webinars

For more information:

Virtual Office Hours

  • Tuesday, October 9 from 3 to 4 pm EDT
  • Wednesday, October 24 from 3 to 4 pm EDT

To help you develop and submit your proposal, the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) invites you to join one (or both) of the following virtual office hours with NSF AISL program officers. Virtual office hours are informal sessions where you can ask questions about the solicitation and/or the NSF merit review process. They are open to everyone.

Register and read important preparation information here.

Webinar on Preparing Clear and Effective Budgets and Budget Justifications

  • Wednesday, October 17 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM EDT

It is the job of the Principal Investigator (PI) to ensure that the project narrative, budget, and budget justification tell a single, connected story that makes a convincing argument for funding. In this webinar, AISL program officers and staff from NSF’s Division of Grants and Agreements will provide insight into how to apply the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) guidelines to develop clear and effective budgets and budget justifications. They will also answer your questions.

Please review the PAPPG section on budgets and budget justifications in advance of the webinar (pages II-15 to II-23).

Register here.

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Solicitation  17-573

Important Information for Proposers

ATTENTION: Proposers using the Collaborators and Other Affiliations template for more than 10 senior project personnel will encounter proposal print preview issues. Please see the Collaborators and Other Affiliations Information website for updated guidance.

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 18-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 18-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    November 6, 2019


The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.


The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.


What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program