Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings
Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) is an NSF resource center that connects and supports the AISL community, as well as broader the informal STEM education field. Learn more about CAISE.
CAISE maintains InformalScience.org, a central portal to more than 8,000 resources, including project descriptions, research literature, evaluation reports, and updates from the field.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal to the AISL program, view these resources on InformalScience.org.
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For administrative questions contact the Program by e-mail at DRLAISL@nsf.gov or phone at (703)292-8616
Important Information for Proposers
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.
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.