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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. You may also review awards made to each program by following the link to the individual program page, then scrolling to the bottom where you will find a link that displays the awards.

The BP Funding Investment Page provides information on NSF's prior investments of programs and activities to broaden participation in STEM. Information displayed includes NSF's broadening participation funding data presented in NSF's annual budget request to Congress, as well as annual funding reported to Congress on NSF's support of minority-serving institutions.

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 21-576 EHR HRD
Broadening Participation in Computing 21-571 CISE CCF, CNS, IIS
Broadening Participation in Engineering 22-514 ENG EEC
Build and Broaden 2.0 21-542 SBE SMA
Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE) 18-509 EHR, ENG HRD
Computer and Information Science and Engineering Minority-Serving Institutions Research Expansion Program 22-518 CISE CCF, CNS, IIS, OAC
Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering 20-5342 ENG CBET
EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1 21-586 All All
Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research: Workshop Opportunities (EPS-WO) 19-588 All All
Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity 21-178Y GEO AGS, EAR, ICER, OCE, OPP
Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Excellence in Research 20-542 All All
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program 20-559 EHR HRD
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions 20-599 EHR DUE, HRD
Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation 20-590 EHR HRD
Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 22-501 MPS AST, CHE, DMR, DMS, OMA, PHY
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics 21-550 EHR DUE
Partnerships for Research and Education in Chemistry 21-620 MPS CHE
Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials 21-510 MPS DMR
Partnerships for Research and Education in Physics 21-610 MPS PHY
Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education 13-566 MPS AST
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology 21-614 BIO
SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 18-584 SBE SMA
Tribal Colleges and Universities Program 21-595 EHR HRD

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 21-599 EHR DRL
Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology 22-500 BIO DBI
Center for Advancement and Synthesis of Open Environmental Data and Sciences 21-549 BIO, CISE DBI, OAC
Centers for Chemical Innovation 21-587 MPS CHE
Computer Science for All 20-539 CISE, EHR CCF, CNS, IIS, OAC, DRL
Discovery Research PreK-12 20-572 EHR DRL
EHR Core Research 21-588 EHR DGE, DRL, DUE, HRD
EHR Core Research (ECR): Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) 20-521 EHR DGE, DRL, DUE, HRD
Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 21-615 BIO, CISE, ENG, GEO, MPS, SBE
Engineering Research Initiation 21-574 ENG CBET, CMMI, ECCS, EEC, IIP
Facilitator of Polar STEAM 21-618 EHR, GEO DRL, DUE, HRD, OPP
Faculty Early Career Development Program 20-525 All All
Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers 20-553 ENG EEC
Graduate Research Fellowship Program 21-602 All All
Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science Phase II 21-604 CISE, ENG, MPS CCF, ECCS, DMS
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Computing in Undergraduate Education 19-546 CISE, EHR CCF, CNS, IIS, OAC, DUE
Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program 20-595 All All
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers 19-583 EHR DRL
International Research Experiences for Students 20-598 All All
Launching Early-Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences 22-503 MPS AST, CHE, DMR, DMS, PHY
Major Research Instrumentation Program: 18-513 All All
Materials Innovation Platforms 19-526 MPS DMR
Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) 21-625 MPS DMR
Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes 17-553 MPS DMS
Mid-Career Advancement 21-516 BIO, EHR, ENG, GEO, SBE DBI, DEB, IOS, MCB, HRD, CMMI, IIP, EAR, OCE, OPP, BCS, SES, SMA
National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure 15-519 All All
Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure 15-598 ENG CMMI
NSF Boosting Research Ideas for Transformative and Equitable Advances in Engineering 21-568 ENG CMMI
NSF Convergence Accelerator Phases I and II for the 2021 Cohort 21-572 OIA
NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships 21-605 GEO EAR
NSF-Simons Collaboration on a National Institute for Theory and Mathematics in Biology 21-607 BIO, MPS DEB, IOS, MCB, DMS
Partnerships for Innovation 19-506 All All
Physics Frontiers Centers 19-578 MPS PHY
Re-entry to Active Research Program 20-586 ENG, MPS CBET, CHE
Research and Mentoring for Postbaccalaureates in Biological Sciences 22-506 BIO DBI
Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science 21-606 CISE, ENG CNS, EEC
Research Experiences for Teachers Sites in Biological Sciences 21-584 BIO DBI
Research Experiences for Undergraduates 19-582 All All
Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program 21-578 EHR DUE
Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships 22-521 All All
Science of Learning and Augmented Intelligence (SL) 19-127Y SBE BCS
Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Frontiers 21-597 CISE, EHR, ENG, MPS, SBE CCF, CNS, IIS, OAC, DGE, ECCS, DMS, BCS, SES

Dear Colleague Letters

Dear Colleague Letters
PROGRAM NAME Publication No. Directorate Division
Dear Colleague Letter: Broadening Participation in STEM Entrepreneurship and Innovation (BPINNOVATE) DCL 21-023 SBE, EHR, ENG, OIA, CISE All
Build and Broaden: Enabling New Social, Behavioral and Economic Science Collaborations with Minority-Serving Institutions DCL 20-048 SBE All
Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity - Expanding the Network (GOLD-EN) DCL 20-058 GEO All
MPS Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate - Graduate Research Supplements DCL 20-083 MPS AST, CHE, DMR, DMS, PHY
MPS Graduate Research Supplement for Veterans (MPS-GRSV) DCL 20-097 MPS All
Opportunity for Active EFRI and ERC Awardees to Apply for Supplemental Funding through the Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) Program DCL 20-117 ENG All
Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS) - BIO supplements DCL 18-088 BIO All
Research Experience for Teachers (RET): Funding Opportunity in the Biological Sciences DCL 18-089 BIO All
Research to Improve STEM Teaching and Learning, and Workforce Development for Persons with Disabilities DCL 19-033 EHR HRD, DRL



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

Dr. Alicia J. Knoedler
National Science Foundation
Phone: 703-292-8040