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Directorate for Education and Human Resources
Excellence Awards in Science and Engineering Program
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) is one of two programs administered under NSF’s Excellence Awards in Science and Engineering (EASE) program. The other EASE program is the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
The PAESMEM was created in 1995 to identify and recognize individuals and organizations that have contributed outstanding efforts in mentoring, and have enhanced the participation of individuals from historically underrepresented groups and disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds who might not otherwise have considered or have access to opportunities in STEM disciplines and professions. Historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in STEM fields include African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiians, and Alaska Natives.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers the awards program on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). OSTP selects both individuals and organizations to receive the honor. Each Presidential Awardee receives a certificate signed by the President of the United States and a $10,000 award from NSF. Awardees are honored at an award ceremony which takes place in Washington, D.C.
PAESMEM is no longer offered through a NSF issued solicitation requiring a NSF ID and Fastlane proposal submission. The PAESMEM is now administered as an application activity apart from NSF’s Fastlane business system. PAESMEM is collaboratively managed by NSF and an outside Contractor. Please go to https://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/good-bye?https://paesmem.net/ for information on how to apply for this prestigious award.
The PAESMEM activity falls under NSF's core value of inclusiveness – seeking and embracing contributions from all sources, including underrepresented groups, regions, and institutions. The individuals and organizations that have received this distinguished Presidential recognition serve as exemplars to their colleagues and are leaders in the national effort to develop more fully the nation's human resources in STEM.
Individuals and organizations in all public and private sectors are eligible for PAESMEM awards, including industry, academia, K-12, military and government, non-profit organizations, and foundations. Exceptional STEM or STEM-related mentoring in both formal and/or informal settings is eligible for the PAESMEM award. Applications are encouraged from all geographical regions in the U.S. including its territories and particularly jurisdictions designated by Congress under NSF's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
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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.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) is a Presidential award established by the White House in 1995. The PAESMEM program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
Nominations, including self-nominations, are invited for "Individual" and "Organizational" PAESMEM awards. Individuals and organizations in all public and private sectors are eligible including industry, academia, K-12, military and government, non-profit organizations, and foundations. Exceptional STEM or STEM-related mentoring in both formal and/or informal settings is eligible for the PAESMEM award.
Nominations are encouraged from all geographical regions in the U.S. including its territories and particularly jurisdictions designated by Congress under NSF's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). NSF EPSCoR-designated jurisdictions are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Nominations from the U.S. Territories are particularly encouraged.
Each "Individual" or "Organizational" PAESMEM awardee will receive a $10,000 award and a commemorative Presidential certificate. Awardees are also invited to participate in an award recognition ceremony in Washington, DC that includes meetings with STEM educators, researchers and policy leaders. Up to 16 awards may be made from the nominations received on or before June 17, 2016.
PAESMEM awardees serve as leaders in the national effort to develop fully the nation's human resources in STEM. To locate PAESMEM awardees in your state, please visit PAESMEM.net.