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Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings

Advancing Informal STEM Learning  (AISL)

AISL Solicitation

NSF Program Officers will present an overview of the revisions to the AISL solicitation, discuss the program’s main priorities, and review AISL project types.  The webinar is being hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE). 

Registration is required for this event. The live webinar is limited to 100 people. The event will be recorded and made available to all registrants after the webinar.

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Address Questions to the  Program (703)292-8616   

For administrative questions contact the Program by e-mail at or phone at (703)292-8616


Solicitation  17-573

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    November 6, 2017


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.

Center for the Advancement Of Informal Science Education

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program