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NSF 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.

Broadening Participation Portfolio

Program Name
Publication No.
Broadening Participation Focused Programs
ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers 16-594 All All
Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate 16-552 EHR HRD
Broadening Participation in Engineering 16-7680 ENG EEC
Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE) 16-525 EHR, ENG HRD
EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-3: Building Diverse Communities 13-553 OIA
Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research: Workshop Opportunities (EPS-WO) 12-588 All All
General & Age-Related Disabilities Engineering (GARDE) 16-5342 ENG CBET
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program 16-538 EHR HRD
Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation 15-594 EHR HRD
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics 17-527 EHR DUE
Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials 14-606 MPS DMR
Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education 13-566 MPS AST
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology 15-501 BIO
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) 16-534 EHR HRD
SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 16-590 SBE SMA
Tribal Colleges and Universities Program 16-531 EHR, ENG, GEO, SBE HRD, EEC, BCS
Broadening Participation Emphasis Programs
Advancing Informal STEM Learning 15-593 EHR DRL
Computer Science for All 17-525 CISE, EHR CCF, CNS, IIS, DRL
Gen-3 Engineering Research Centers 15-589 ENG EEC
Graduate Research Fellowship Program 16-588 All All
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers 15-599 EHR DRL
International Research Experiences for Students 12-551 All All
Major Research Instrumentation Program: 15-504 All All
Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers 16-545 MPS DMR
Research Experiences for Undergraduates 13-542 All All
Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnerships 14-600 All All
Science of Learning 16-004Y SBE BCS
Dear Colleague Letters
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

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