First NSF INCLUDES awards issued to 37 projects
Program aims to broaden participation in STEM at national scale, with initial awards totaling nearly $14 million
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued its first-ever awards for the NSF INCLUDES program, a comprehensive initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering by broadening participation in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) aims to improve access to STEM education and career pathways at the national scale, making them more widely inclusive to underserved populations. Over the next decade, NSF will expand the program, with the goal of developing a science and engineering workforce that better reflects the diversity of U.S. society.
The initial recipients comprise 37 Design and Development Launch Pilots, funded through two-year grants aimed at supporting projects with the potential to deliver prototypes for bold, new models that broaden participation in STEM. They also include 11 grants for conferences that will explore the development of backbone organizations to support a national network of NSF INCLUDES alliances and partnerships.
"For more than six decades, NSF has funded the development of STEM talent, with the goals of furthering scientific discovery and ensuring the nation's security, economy and ability to innovate. NSF INCLUDES aims to broaden participation in STEM by reaching populations traditionally underserved in science and engineering," NSF Director France Córdova said. "I'm gratified to see such a strong start to this program, which we hope will be an enduring investment in our nation's future in scientific discovery and technological innovation."
NSF has a long history of supporting broadening participation programs. NSF INCLUDES, the latest addition to this portfolio, began after the congressionally mandated NSF Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) published a report in 2013 recommending "a bold new initiative, focused on broadening participation of underrepresented groups in STEM." As part of the response to that recommendation, NSF incorporated input from critical stakeholders into the design of NSF INCLUDES. The new initiative employs the concept of collective impact, incorporating partners across a variety of sectors to maximize results.
NSF INCLUDES will invest in alliances and partnerships that scale up efforts to broaden STEM participation among underrepresented groups, including women, Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, persons with disabilities, people from rural areas and people of low socioeconomic status. Multi-year NSF INCLUDES alliances will engage partners from private and corporate philanthropy, federal agencies and scientific professional societies.
Building on these initial awards, the program will provide networked testbeds for STEM inclusion, connecting participants and enabling them to determine the key components and approaches that lead to sustainable progress at a national scale.
The 2016 project titles, recipient institutions, and principal investigators are listed below.
Design and Development Launch Pilots
A National Network for Access and Inclusion in Physics Graduate Education
Early Engagement in Research: Key to STEM Retention
Early STEM Engagement for Minority Males through a Network of Minority Serving Institutions
STEPs to STEM
Camino a la Ciencia: A Program Designed to Recruit, Retain, and Train Hispanic Women in STEM Disciplines
San Francisco: Computing for All Levels & Learners (SF CALL)
Integrating Indigenous and Western Knowledge to Transform Learning and Discovery in the Geosciences
Bay Area Regional Collaboration to Expand and Strengthen STEM (RECESS)
WeC4Communites (We Compute for our Communities): Community-Focused Computing for Minoritized Youth
Consortium of Minority Doctoral Scholars (CMDS)
Re-Engaging the Disengaged: A Community Centered Approach to Improving STEM Pathways for Underrepresented Students
Redefining Potential - the Upstate NY Design and Development Pilot for Diverse Student Populations
Building upon CAHSI's Success to Establish a Networked Community for Broadening Participation of Hispanics in Graduate Studies
Changing the Face of STEM in the U.S. Virgin Islands through Targeted Interventions to Expand Opportunities and Broaden Participation
Alliance to Strengthen the STEM Tapestry (ASSisT): Motivating Critical Identity Shifts to Weave the STEM Disenfranchised into Science and the Sustainability Workforce
Collaborative Proposal: Coastal Almanac
Strengthening the ASSIST Collaborative to Illuminate Engineering Faculty Pathways
Increasing Degrees Awarded to African American, Hispanic, Native American and Women Students in Engineering (50K Coalition)
Enhancing the New Mexico STEM Pipeline -- Design and Development Launch Pilot
Engaging Local Communities in Geoscience Pathways
Improving STEM Persistence in the First Two Years of College.
A Collective Impact Approach to Broadening Participation in the STEM Professoriate
South East Alliance for Persons with Disabilities in STEM (SEAPD-STEM)
(STEM)^3: Scaling (STEM)^2
Mississippi Alliance for Women in Computing (MAWC)
Designing for Diversity: A Networked Improvement Community for Broadening the Participation of Black and Latino Youth in Computational Careers
Building Diverse and Integrative STEM Continua Using Socio-Environmental Systems In and Out of Neighborhoods (DISCUSSION)
Indigenous Women Working Within the Sciences (IWWS)
Northern New Mexico STEM Mentor Collective
QEM Design & Development Launch Pilot (DDLP) Project in Partnership with HBCUs and TCUs
STEM Core Initiative
Creating Academic Pathways in STEM (CAPS): A Model Ecosystem for Supporting Two-Year Transfer
An Integrated Approach to Retain Underrepresented Minority Students in STEM Disciplines
Creating a Diverse STEM Pathway with Community Water Research
WATCH US (Women Achieving Through Community Hubs) in the United States
CIRTL INCLUDES - Toward an Alliance to Prepare a National Faculty for Broadening Success of Underrepresented 2-Year and 4-Year STEM Students
High-Leverage Problems, Useful Data, Formative Evaluation, Effective Communication
Informing the Design of the INCLUDES Alliances and National Network: An Intersectionality Approach
California STEM INCLUDES Conference and Network
NSF INCLUDES Conference Grant
Collaborative Research: Envisioning Impact
Accelerating Data-Driven Collaboration for Large-Scale Progress
NSF INCLUDES Conference on Multi-Scale Evaluation in STEM Education
Bridging Engineering Science and Technology (BEST)
Conference to Advance the Collective Impact of Retention and Continuation Strategies for Hispanics and Other Underrepresented Minorities in STEM Fields
The Technical and Human Infrastructure to Support Collective Impact of the INCLUDES Program at the Alliance and Network Levels
Collective Impact as a Pathway to Reinvigorate Broadening Participation in STEM
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