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Program Announcement and Guidelines

Informal Science Education
Preliminary, No Later Than--March 1; Full-- June 1
Preliminary, No Later Than-- August 1; Full-- November 15

Instructional Materials Development
Preliminary, No Later Than-- May 1; Full-- August 15

Teacher Enhancement
Preliminary, No Later Than--April 1; Full— August 25

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Applications Due-- February 14

Advanced Technological Education
Preliminary-- April 14; Full-- October 14

Directorate for Education and Human Resources


Inquiries regarding NSF activities for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 education that are not addressed in this publication may be directed to:

Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education (ESIE)
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard -- Room 885
Arlington, VA 22230

Telephone: (703) 306-1620
FAX: (703) 306-0412

Requests for limited numbers of copies of ESIE publications, the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (NSF 99-2), and the NSF Guide to Programs can be obtained directly by Telephone: (703) 306-1620 or can be read and downloaded from the World Wide Web:



Program Area Telephone No.

Informal Science Education (ISE) (703) 306-1616

Instructional Materials Development (IMD) (703) 306-1620
Advanced Technological Education (ATE)
Teacher Enhancement (TE)

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics
and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
(703) 306-0422

Ordering by Electronic Mail or FAX: You may order publications electronically via electronic mail at; please include the NSF publication number and title, number of copies, and your complete mailing address. Printed publications may be ordered by FAX (703-644-4278). Publications should be received within three weeks after receipt of the request.

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has a mandate to ensure the vitality of science and technology in the United States. Recognizing the important link between research and education in these fields, the NSF enabling legislation explicitly gives it responsibility for the quality and effectiveness of the Nation’s underlying human resource base. Stimulating quality education in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology is vitally important to ensure economic success in a global economy that is characterized by increasing technological sophistication. The Foundation has a cohesive and comprehensive set of education and human resources activities addressing every level of education, including early career development.


Programs within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) promote student, teacher, and faculty development, as well as improved public science literacy through the support of projects that operate on national, regional, and local levels.

The Directorate’s five major long-term goals center on the delivery of quality science, mathematics, and technology (SMT) education to all students. These goals are to ensure that:

While all NSF research directorates support SMT education activities, EHR assumes primary responsibility for the Foundation's education mission, especially in elementary, secondary, and lower-division undergraduate levels, as well as public science literacy. The above-mentioned goals provide the focus for the activities of EHR organizational units:

Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education (ESIE)
(703) 306-1620

Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)
(703) 306-1670

Division of Graduate Education (DGE)
(703) 306-1630

Division of Educational System Reform (ESR)
(703) 306-1690

Division of Human Resource Development (HRD)
(703) 306-1640

Division of Research, Evaluation, and Communications (REC)
(703) 306-1650

Office of Experimental Program To Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
(703) 306-1683

This Program Announcement covers all programs within the Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education (ESIE) and replaces the previous Program Announcement and Guidelines (NSF98-4). Brief supplements may be issued to announce relevant changes or additions, and special solicitations may be issued for new, developing initiatives.

The National Science Foundation promotes and advances scientific progress in the United States by competitively awarding grants for research and education in the sciences, mathematics and engineering.

To get the latest information about program deadlines, to download copies of NSF publications, and to access abstracts of awards, visit the NSF Web site at:

Location: 4201 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22230

For General Information (NSF Information Center): (703) 306-1234

TDD (for the hearing-impaired): (703) 306-0090

To Order Publications or Forms:

Send an e-mail to:
or telephone: (301) 947-2722

To Locate NSF Employees: (703) 306-1234

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