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Advancing Informal STEM Learning  (AISL)

AISL Solicitation and Webinars

The new AISL Program Solicitation (NSF #17-573) has been posted.

In an effort to communicate program updates to the field, NSF Program Officers will lead a series of live webinars focused on topics specific to the AISL Program, new AISL program solicitation (NSF #17-573) and writing strong proposals. Parties interested in submitting a proposal to the AISL program are strongly encouraged to register and attend the webinars.

Registration is required and space is limited.

AISL Solicitation and Project Types – Deep Dive

Pre-recorded - download the presentation slides at

AISL Program Solicitation Overview

Presented August 24, 2017 - View the presentation slides and archived video at

How to Use to Make Your Case

Presented September 14, 2017 - View the archived video at

How to Write a Competitive AISL Proposal

September 19, 2:00 -3:00 pm (Register)

AISL & Broadening Participation

September 22, 2:00-3:00 pm (Register)

The webinars will be recorded and accessible by clicking on the ‘Events’ link below and or by going to

The webinars are being hosted by the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE). 


Name Email Phone Room
Address Questions to the  Program (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.


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program