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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.

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
Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering 20-5342 ENG CBET
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 - 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
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 20-590 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 20-602 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 20-607 EHR DRL
Campus Cyberinfrastructure 20-507 CISE CNS, OAC
Centers for Chemical Innovation 20-574 MPS CHE
Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE): Core Programs 20-591 CISE CCF, CNS, IIS, OAC
Computer Science for All 20-539 CISE, EHR CCF, CNS, IIS, OAC, DRL
Cyber-Physical Systems 20-563 CISE, ENG CCF, CNS, IIS, OAC, CMMI, ECCS
Discovery Research PreK-12 20-572 EHR DRL
Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities 16-609 GEO EAR
EHR Core Research 19-508 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 2021 20-614 BIO, ENG, MPS, SBE
Expeditions in Computing 20-544 CISE CCF, CNS, IIS, OAC
Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers 20-553 ENG EEC
Graduate Research Fellowship Program 20-587 All All
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
Major Research Instrumentation Program: 18-513 All All
Materials Innovation Platforms 19-526 MPS DMR
Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) 19-517 MPS DMR
Mathematical Sciences Research Institutes 17-553 MPS DMS
National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure 15-519 All All
National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program 19-522 All All
Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure 15-598 ENG CMMI
NSF Convergence Accelerator Phase I and II 20-565 OIA
Partnerships for Innovation 19-506 All All
Physics Frontiers Centers 19-578 MPS PHY
Plant Genome Research Program 18-579 BIO IOS
Proposals for Community Instruments and Facilities 20-596 GEO AGS
Re-entry to Active Research Program 20-586 ENG, MPS CBET, CHE
Real-Time Machine Learning 19-566 CISE, ENG CCF, ECCS
Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science 20-584 CISE, ENG CNS, EEC
Research Experiences for Undergraduates 19-582 All All
Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships 19-567 All All
Science of Learning and Augmented Intelligence (SL) 19-127Y SBE BCS
Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace 19-603 CISE, EHR, ENG, MPS, SBE CCF, CNS, IIS, OAC, DGE, ECCS, DMS, BCS, SES
Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Frontiers 19-572 CISE, EHR, ENG, MPS, SBE CCF, CNS, IIS, OAC, DGE, ECCS, DMS, BCS, SES
Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks 20-611 All All

Dear Colleague Letters

Dear Colleague Letters
PROGRAM NAME Publication No. Directorate Division
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. Suzanne Iacono
National Science Foundation
Phone: 703-292-8040

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