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

S-STEM 2019 Webinars

Submissions to the NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program are due by 5:00 p.m. local time Wednesday, 27 March 2019 in response to NSF solicitation 17-527. To answer any questions you may have about your potential submission, NSF S-STEM Program Directors will host a series of webinars in February. Please note that the webinars will be given in two styles: traditional and flipped. The first half-hour of a traditional webinar will consist of an overview of the program itself; this will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The entirety of a flipped webinar will be devoted to questions--the hosts of a flipped webinar will not give an overview of the program. To prepare for the flipped webinar, participants will be expected to have carefully read the solicitation and/or viewed the videos linked on the event page.

Dates and times for the webinars are:

February 27 4:00 PM
February 28 11:00 AM

Please see the event announcement for more information.

S-STEM 2018 Q&A, Webinars, and FAQs

2018 webinar information, narrated Powerpoint Presentations, and additional information related to the S-STEM (17-527) solicitation are available on the following page: click here. The NSF S-STEM Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is available here.

Name Email Phone Room
Address general questions  to S-STEM-ext@nsf.gov (703) 292-4630   
Andrea  Johnson andjohns@nsf.gov (703) 292-5164   
Alexandra  Medina-Borja amedinab@nsf.gov (703) 292-7557   
Stephanie  E. August saugust@nsf.gov (703) 292-5128   
Michelle  M. Camacho- Walter mcamacho@nsf.gov (703) 292-8718   
Connie  K. Della-Piana cdellapi@nsf.gov (703) 292-5309   
Thomas  B. Higgins thhiggin@nsf.gov (703) 292-2937   
Abiodun (Abby)  Ilumoka ailumoka@nsf.gov (703) 292-2703   
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   
Sami  Rollins srollins@nsf.gov 703-292-7133   
Keith  Sverdrup ksverdru@nsf.gov N/A   
Heather  Watson hwatson@nsf.gov (703)292-5323   


Solicitation  17-527

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.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    March 25, 2020

    Last Wednesday in March, Annually Thereafter


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 partners: 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 local business and industry, if appropriate. 

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

The STEM disciplines supported by the S-STEM program include: 

  • 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; and 
  • Technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.)

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 urban public and rural institutions.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program