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Broadening Participation Portfolio


NSF has taken a variety of approaches to broaden participation across its many programs. While broadening participation is included in the NSF review criteria, some program announcements and solicitations go beyond the standard criteria. They range from encouraging language to specific requirements. Investments range from capacity building, research centers, partnerships, and alliances to the use of co-funding or supplements to existing awards in the core research programs.

The portfolio represented below is divided into three categories: (1) programs that are primarily focused on broadening participation, (2) programs that have broadening participation as one of several emphases, and (3) Dear Colleague Letters expressing interest in specific aspects of broadening participation.

Focused Programs

These programs have an explicit broadening participation program goal. The majority of each award's budget goes to broadening participation activities, and could involve research on the topic.

Focused Programs
PROGRAM NAME Publication No. Directorate Division
ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions 20-554 All All
Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate 16-552 EHR HRD
Broadening Participation in Engineering 19-7680 ENG EEC
Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE) 18-509 EHR, ENG HRD
Coastlines and People 20-567 BIO, EHR, ENG, GEO, OIA, SBE
EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1: 20-571 All All
EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-3: Building Diverse Communities 13-553 All All
EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations (RII Track-2 FEC) 20-504 All All
Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research: Workshop Opportunities (EPS-WO) 19-588 All All
GEO Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity 16-516 GEO
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program 20-559 EHR HRD
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions 19-540 EHR DUE, HRD
Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) 19-600 All All
Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation 17-579 EHR HRD
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics 20-526 EHR DUE
Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials 17-599 MPS DMR
Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education 13-566 MPS AST
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology 19-597 BIO
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) 16-534 EHR HRD
SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 18-584 SBE SMA
Tribal Colleges and Universities Program 18-546 EHR, GEO, SBE HRD, BCS

Emphasis Programs

These programs have an additional review criterion on broadening participation. All awards have broadening participation components (e.g., a project diversity plan) along with components not necessarily related to broadening participation.

Emphasis Programs
PROGRAM NAME Publication No. Directorate Division
Advancing Informal STEM Learning 17-573 EHR DRL
Computer Science for All 20-539 CISE, EHR CCF, CNS, IIS, OAC, DRL
Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers 20-553 ENG EEC
Graduate Research Fellowship Program 19-590 All All
Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Excellence in Research 20-542 All All
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers 19-583 EHR DRL
Major Research Instrumentation Program: 18-513 All All
Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) 19-517 MPS DMR
Re-entry to Active Research Program 18-525 ENG CBET
Research Experiences for Undergraduates 19-582 All All
Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships 19-567 All All

Dear Colleague Letters

Dear Colleague Letters
PROGRAM NAME Publication No. Directorate Division
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Excellence in Research Program DCL 17-138 BIO, CISE, EHR, ENG, GEO, MPS, SBE, OIA All
Life STEM DCL 16-143 EHR All
Strengthening Transfer of Students from Two-year Hispanic-serving Institutions to Four-year STEM Programs DCL 16-094 EHR DUE, HRD
Strengthening Research Capacity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities DCL 16-080 All All
Fundamental Research to Improve STEM Teaching and Learning, and Workforce Development for Persons with Disabilities within the EHR Core Research Program DCL 16-064 EHR HRD, DRL
Stimulating Research on Effective Strategies in Undergraduate STEM Education at Two-Year Hispanic Serving Institutions DCL 15-078 All All
Stimulating Research Related to the Science of Broadening Participation DCL 15-066 SBE, EHR All
Effort to Broaden the Participation of Students in Two-Year Hispanic Serving Institutions in Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics (STEM) DCL 15-063 All All
Veterans Research Supplement Program (VRS) DCL 14-124 ENG EEC, IIP
Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS): Supplemental Funding to Current SBIR/STTR Phase II Awards to Broaden Participation in Science and Engineering DCL 14-073 ENG IIP
Career-Life Balance (CLB) Supplemental Funding Opportunities in Support of Postdoctoral Investigators Funded by NSF Awards DCL 13-109 All All
Career-Life Balance (CLB) - Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Supplemental Funding Requests DCL 13-099 All All
Balancing the Scale: NSF's Career-Life Balance (CLB) Initiative N/A All All
Career-Life Balance (CLB) Initiative DCL 13-075 All All
MPS Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate - Graduate Research Supplements DCL 13-071 MPS AST, CHE, DMR, DMS, PHY
Announcement of Efforts to Increase Hispanic Participation in STEM Fields DCL 12-081 BIO, CISE, EHR, ENG All
Research Assistantships for High School Students RAHSS) - BIO supplements DCL 12-078 BIO All
Research Experience for Teachers (RET): Funding Opportunity in the Biological Sciences DCL 12-075 BIO All
Engineering Research Experiences for Veterans DCL 12-074 ENG CMMI, CBET, ECCS
Research Experiences for Veterans/Teachers DCL 12-073 ENG All
Supplemental Opportunity for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer for CREST/HBCU-RISE Collaborations DCL 12-069 ENG, EHR IIP, HRD
SBIR/STTR Supplemental Funding for Community College Research Teams DCL 08-029 ENG, EHR IIP, HRD, DUE
Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS) - SBIR/STTR Phase II Supplements DCL 06-003 ENG IIP



For further information concerning NSF's Broadening Participation programs, please contact:

Dr. Suzanne Iacono
National Science Foundation
Phone: 703-292-8040