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Division of Undergraduate Education


NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program  (S-STEM)


CONTACTS
Name Email Phone Room
Keith  Sverdrup ksverdru@nsf.gov (703) 292-4671   
Andrea  Johnson andjohns@nsf.gov (703) 292-5164   
Sami  Rollins srollins@nsf.gov (703) 292-7133   
Alexandra  Medina-Borja amedinab@nsf.gov (703) 292-7557   
Michelle  M. Camacho- Walter mcamacho@nsf.gov (703) 292-8718   
Connie  K. Della-Piana cdellapi@nsf.gov (703) 292-5309   
Abiodun (Abby)  Ilumoka ailumoka@nsf.gov (703) 292-2703   
John  Jackman jjackman@nsf.gov (703) 292-4816   
Karen  A. Keene kkeene@nsf.gov (703) 292-2482   
Jennifer  E. Lewis jenlewis@nsf.gov (703) 292-2938   
Andrea  L. Nixon anixon@nsf.gov (703) 292-5323   
Mark  A. Pauley mpauley@nsf.gov (703) 292-8658   
Pushpa  Ramakrishna pusramak@nsf.gov (703) 292-2943   
Dawn  M. Rickey drickey@nsf.gov (703) 292-4674   


PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  20-526

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 25, 2019. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 19-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline Date

    March 25, 2020

    Last Wednesday in March, Annually Thereafter


SYNOPSIS

A well-educated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a significant contributor to maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) [6], [16]

Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of participating groups, including but not limited to partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of STEM faculty and institutional, educational, and social science researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and business, industry, local community organizations, national labs, or other federal or state government organizations, if appropriate. 

The program seeks to 1) increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in S-STEM eligible disciplines and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need; and 3) generate knowledge to advance understanding of how  interventions or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect  the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation of low-income students in STEM.

Scholars must be low-income, academically talented students with unmet financial need who are enrolled in an associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree program, with a major in an S-STEM eligible discipline. 

 

S-STEM Eligible Degree Programs

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Master of Arts and Master of Science

Doctoral

 

S-STEM Eligible Disciplines

Biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields)

Physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science)

Mathematical sciences

Computer and information sciences

Geosciences

Engineering

Technology fields associated with the disciplines above (e.g. biotechnology,  chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology)

Note that programs in business schools that lead to Bachelor of Arts or Science in Business Administration degrees (BABA/BSBA) are not eligible for S-STEM funding.  Proposers are strongly encouraged to contact Program Officers before submitting a proposal if they have questions concerning degree eligibility.

The S-STEM program particularly encourages proposals from 2-year institutions, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), tribal colleges and universities, and urban and rural public institutions.


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program

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