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The current ITEST solicitation refers to submission of Resource Center Proposals.  Please be aware that this is not a recurring call but one-time only for the November 13, 2015 submission date.

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

Address questions to, (703) 292-8628

Julia V. Clark, (703) 292-5119

Catherine Eberbach, (703) 292-4960

Michael Ford, (703) 292-5153

David L. Haury, (703) 292-5102

Margret 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

Robert Russell, (703) 292-2995

Solicitation 15-599

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.

Full Proposal Deadline Date

    Wed Aug 09 00:00:00 EDT 2017

    Second Wednesday in August, Annually Thereafter

        Annually until Revised

ITEST is a program that promotes PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. To achieve this objective, ITEST supports the development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM and ICT careers; (2) motivate students to pursue the education necessary to participate in those careers; and/or (3) provide students with technology-rich experiences that develop their knowledge of related content and skills (including critical thinking skills) needed for entering the STEM workforce. ITEST projects may adopt an interdisciplinary focus on multiple STEM domains, focus on a single domain, or focus on one or more sub-disciplines within a domain. ITEST projects must involve students, and may also include teachers. The ITEST program is especially interested in broadening participation of students from traditionally 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-related occupations are strongly encouraged. ITEST supports two project types: Strategies projects and SPrEaD (Successful Project Expansion and Dissemination) projects. Strategies projects support the design, implementation, and testing of innovative educational experiences that support the objectives of the ITEST program. SPrEaD projects support the wider and broader testing and dissemination of promising strategies to generate evidence and greater understanding of contextual factors that operate to enhance, moderate, or constrain anticipated project impacts. All ITEST projects may include activities designed to inform judgments regarding the feasibility of implementing strategies in typical learning environments associated with formal classrooms, out-of-school settings, or combinations of such environments. The ITEST program also invites proposals for an ITEST Resource Center to provide technical assistance to projects and provide assistance with the outreach activities of the ITEST program.


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.

ITEST Resource Center

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