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NSF: Broadening Participation

February 1, 2010

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NSF is committed to broadening participation and improving education and workforce development in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). NSF's goals to create opportunities and develop innovative strategies to broaden participation among diverse individuals, institutions and geographic areas were detailed in its Strategic Plan for FY 2006-2011 titled "Investing in America's Future."

A new program, Comprehensive Broadening Participation of Undergraduates in STEM, will enhance and build on the successes realized through existing undergraduate programs: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP), Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), and Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP). This new strategically aligned program will help build transformative, sustainable partnerships among the HBCU, Hispanic-serving, TCU and LSAMP communities to strengthen their STEM contributions to tomorrow's workforce.

The Comprehensive Broadening Participation of Undergraduates in STEM program will increase the participation in the STEM fields by:

  • fostering innovation and creativity in student learning and faculty development;

  • strengthening STEM curricular offerings, enhancing STEM faculty development and increasing competencies and competitiveness of students;

  • facilitating expanded collaboration between scientists and educators at minority-serving institutions and majority institutions, especially research-intensive universities with NSF Science and Technology Centers, Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers, and Engineering Research Centers.

  • promoting shared, accessible infrastructure for increased competitiveness and participation in potentially transformative research; and

  • transforming infrastructure, operations and resources; increasing support for and engagement in frontier scientific research and access to advanced research instrumentation; and maximizing undergraduate research opportunities.


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Bobbie Mixon, NSF, (703) 292-8070, email:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2018, its budget is $7.8 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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