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NSF invites ideas on STEM education for the future


June 14, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites proposals to solve educational challenges created by the technology revolution. 

To effectively respond to many of the problems facing our nation, new scientific advances are needed, as defined in the Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments. Achieving these advances will require changes in what people learn and how they learn it.

Specifically, NSF aims to support STEM educational research and development projects whose results can enable our country to:

  • better prepare its scientific and technical workforce for the future; use technological innovations effectively for education;
  • advance the frontiers of science;
  • and adapt to both new work environments and new education pathways needed to prepare students at all levels for those environments.

Existing NSF education and workforce development programs encourage innovative proposals to prepare scientists and engineers for work in new contexts created by technology and big data. Learn more in Dear Colleague Letter: STEM Education for the Future (NSF 18-084)

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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