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Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers  (ITEST)

ITEST Under Revision

Program Solicitation 17-565,  Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST), is currently under revision and will be re-issued in time for potential PIs to submit proposals, per NSF guidelines. Please avoid submission of proposals under the existing solicitation.

STEM Learning and Research Center

The STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center builds capacity and magnifies the results of ITEST projects to deepen the impact of the ITEST program. To learn more about STELAR, the ITEST program, and current and past ITEST projects, please visit

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Address general questions  to (703) 292-8628   
David  L. Haury (703) 292-5102   
Amy  L. Baylor (703) 292-5126   
David  B. Campbell (703) 292-5093   
Julia  V. Clark (703) 292-5119   
Michael  Ford (703) 292-5153   
Margret  A. Hjalmarson (703) 292-4313   
Julie  I. Johnson (703) 292-8624   
Rebecca  Kruse (703) 292-4211   
Julio  E. Lopez-Ferrao (703) 292-5183   
Celestine  H. Pea (703) 292-5186   
Joseph  Reed (703) 292-5187   
Ann  E. Rivet (703) 292-4764   
Monya  A. Ruffin (703) 292-4635   
Robert  Russell (703) 292-2995   
Chia  Shen (703) 292-8447   


Solicitation  17-565

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

    August 14, 2019

    Second Wednesday in August, Annually Thereafter


As the nation continues to expand the horizon of opportunities and possibilities through advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the need for a more diverse and well-prepared STEM workforce is also expanding [1].  The challenge of preparing citizens for the expanding workforce and the changing workplace environments calls for new innovations in STEM education [2].  ITEST is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors.  ITEST projects may adopt an interdisciplinary focus that includes multiple STEM disciplines, focus on a single discipline, or focus on one or more sub-disciplines.  The ITEST program supports projects that provide evidence for factors, instructional designs, and practices in formal and informal learning environments that broaden participation of students from underrepresented groups in STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. Projects that actively engage business and industry partners to better ensure that PreK-12 experiences foster the knowledge and skill-sets needed for emerging STEM occupations are strongly encouraged.


 [1] National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2016). Developing a National STEM Workforce Strategy: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

 [2] National Research Council. (2012). Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century. Committee on Defining Deeper Learning and 21st Century Skills, J.W. Pellegrino and M.L. Hilton, Editors. Board on Testing and Assessment and Board on Science Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.



This program provides educational opportunities for  K-12 Educators. This program provides indirect funding for students at this level or focuses on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or retention. To inquire about possible funding opportunities not directly from NSF, please look at the active awards for this program.


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program