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Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)
|John Parker (SBE)||firstname.lastname@example.org||703-292-5034|
|Frederick M. Kronz (SBE)||email@example.com||(703) 292-7283|
|Cassandra M. Dudka (OISE)||firstname.lastname@example.org||(703) 292-7250|
|Edda Thiels (BIO)||email@example.com||(703) 292-8421|
|Julie Martin (ENG)||firstname.lastname@example.org||703-292-8657|
|Elizabeth L. Rom (GEO)||email@example.com||(703) 292-7709|
|Leonard Spinu (MPS)||firstname.lastname@example.org||(703) 292-2665|
|Michael D. Steele (EHR)||email@example.com||(703) 292-4313|
|Tonya Smith-Jackson (CISE)||firstname.lastname@example.org||703-292-5179|
General inquiries regarding this program should be made to email@example.com.
Important Information for Proposers
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.
Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify (1) factors that are effective in the formation of ethical STEM researchers and (2) approaches to developing those factors in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes responsible conduct for research (RCR), and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress responsible conduct for research, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?
Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or among other factors, and they specify plans for developing interventions that promote the effectiveness of identified factors.
CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes or promotes responsible or irresponsible conduct of research, and how to best instill students with this knowledge. In some cases, projects will include the development of interventions to ensure responsible research conduct.
Proposals for awards from minority-serving institutions (e.g. Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions), women's colleges, and institutions primarily serving persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Proposals including international collaborations are encouraged when those efforts enhance the merit of the proposed work by incorporating unique resources, expertise, facilities or sites of international partners. The U.S. team's international counterparts generally should have support or obtain funding through other sources.