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Math and Science Partnership  (MSP)

This program has been archived.
New Publications from the MSP Program

Evidence: An Essential Tool - A Math and Science Partnership Program Publication

NSF's MSP at a Glance

National Science Foundation MSP Program Impact Report

NSF's Math and Science Partnerships Demonstrate Continued Increases in Student Proficiency

Student Results Show Benefits of Math and Science Partnerships

Closing the Achievement Gap in Math and Science

All Students Proficient on State Tests by 2014?


Name Email Phone Room
Kathleen  B. Bergin (703) 292-5171   
Maura  Borrego (703) 292-7855   
Ron  Buckmire (703) 292-5323   
Louis  J. Everett (703) 292-4645   
James  E. Hamos (703) 292-4687   
Michael  Jacobson (703) 292-4641   
Don  L. Millard (703) 292-4620   
Joan  T. Prival (703) 292-4635   
Elizabeth  VanderPutten (703) 292-5147   


Solicitation  12-518

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.




The Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program is a major research and development effort that supports innovative partnerships to improve K-12 student achievement in mathematics and science. MSP projects are expected to raise the achievement levels of all students and significantly reduce achievement gaps in the STEM performance of diverse student populations. MSP projects contribute to what is known in K-12 STEM education. All STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields supported by NSF may be involved in this work, with special encouragement to areas that are gaining increased traction at the K-12 level, such as computer science and engineering, in addition to mathematics and science. MSP projects also serve as models that have a sufficiently strong evidence/research base to improve STEM education outcomes for all students. 

Through this solicitation, NSF seeks to support two levels of Targeted Partnership awards, Implementation and Prototype. Implementation awards are intended to develop and put into practice innovative approaches and strategies in education. Prototype awards explore potentially innovative approaches and strategies in education. Both types of Partnerships incorporate significant new innovations to STEM education, linked to a strong educational research agenda, in one of four focal areas: Community Enterprise for STEM Learning; Current Issues Related to STEM Content; Identifying and Cultivating Exceptional Talent; and K-12 STEM Teacher Preparation. In addition, there are three types of Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (RETA) project opportunities in this solicitation: research related to sustainability, or policies, or state plans for STEM education; technical assistance for evaluators of MSP projects; and the STEM Education Resource Collaboratory.

MSPnet - The Math and Science Partnership Network


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program