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Directorate for Education & Human Resources

NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars  (DTS)

This program has been archived.

See program guidelines for contact information.


Solicitation  02-131

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.




The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to promote improvements in the education of undergraduates who enroll in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) courses. The NSF Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars (DTS) recognizes and rewards individuals with distinguished records of educating undergraduates while also contributing significantly to the scholarship of a STEM discipline. DTS is part of NSF's efforts to promote an academic culture that values and rewards members of the community who contribute to both disciplinary scholarship and the STEM education of undergraduates, including students who are not majoring in STEM disciplines. The Director's Award is the highest honor bestowed by the NSF for excellence in both teaching and research in STEM fields, or in educational research related to these disciplines. The awards will be conferred at a ceremony held at the National Science Foundation.