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Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program


Program Solicitation

NSF 01-140



      DIVISION OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT



FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE(S): January 31, 2002

 




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SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS



GENERAL INFORMATION

Program Title: Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program

Synopsis of Program: This program is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in, academically qualified for and matriculated into programs of graduate study. LSAMP supports sustained and comprehensive approaches that facilitate achievement of the long-term goal of increasing the number of students who earn doctorates in SMET fields, particularly those from populations underrepresented in SMET fields. The program goals are accomplished through the formation of alliances. Phase I awards place emphasis on aggregate baccalaureate production. Phase II awards augment the Phase I emphasis with attention to individual student retention and progression to baccaluareate degrees. Phase III awards augment the Phase I and Phase II emphases with attention to aggregate student progression to graduate school entry.


Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

AWARD INFORMATION

PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

B. Budgetary Information

C. Deadline/Target Dates

D. FastLane Requirements

PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION

AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION


TABLE OF CONTENTS



SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
  3. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
  4. AWARD INFORMATION
  5. PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
    1. Proposal Preparation Instructions
    2. Budgetary Information
    3. Deadline/Target Dates
    4. FastLane Requirements
  6. PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION
    1. NSF Proposal Review Process
    2. Review Protocol and Associated Customer Service Standard
  7. AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
    1. Notification of the Award
    2. Award Conditions
    3. Reporting Requirements
  8. CONTACTS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  9. OTHER PROGRAMS OF INTEREST

 

I. INTRODUCTION

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is one of a sequence of four NSF programs which seek to build productive capacity and output within institutions with significant enrollments of minority populations underrepresented within science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) professionals. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to increase the number of minorities contributing to advancing the frontiers of research and education in SMET fields. LSAMP is a multi-disciplinary comprehensive program. It is designed to increase substantially the quality and quantity of students receiving baccaluareate degrees in SMET fields and well prepared for either doctoral study or professional practice in SMET fields normally supported by NSF. The LSAMP program was initially focused primarily on baccalaureate production. However, as the program has matured it has placed increased emphasis on the progression of individual students to baccaluareate degrees and entry into graduate programs of study. The LSAMP program encourages the formation of coalitions among leaders throughout academia, government, industry, and other organizations. The LSAMP program supports comprehensive attention to those processes and factors that promote baccalaureate attainment, preparation for graduate study, and preparation for successful careers by students within alliances. These alliances may include partners drawn from among two- and four-year higher education institutions, businesses and industries, national research laboratories, local, state, and Federal agencies.

While the LSAMP program supports activities that focus specifically on undergraduate SMET education, projects must also give consideration to the critical transition points in SMET education (i.e., high school-to-college; 2-year to 4-year college; undergraduate-to-workplace; undergraduate-to-graduate study; and graduate study-to-faculty career). The scope and scale of an LSAMP project (i.e., the number of transition points addressed) may vary among proposals, depending on project focus, needs, and goals.

Success of the LSAMP program has been measured by its ability to cause a significant increase in the number of students, particularly those drawn from populations which are currently underserved in science and engineering fields, who graduate with baccalaureate degrees in SMET fields. With the components contained within this announcement, the program's metrics will expand to include individual student persistence to baccalaureate attainment, and entry of students into programs of graduate study.

II. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

LSAMP Program activities must produce a demonstrable "near-term" increase in SMET graduates and the promise of long-term change in the production of new Ph.D.s and their entrance into productive faculty or research careers. The strategy for implementing these projects must be clear and focused.

Alliances must be structured to address two interrelated requirements:

Successful programmatic approaches include, but are not limited to, (1) devoting careful attention to management and administrative collaboration among participating organizations so as to ensure long-term continuation of LSAMP or similar activities beyond the term of NSF financial support; and (2) developing specific evaluation plans and procedures for assessing qualitative and quantitative changes including the definition of a baseline of pre-LSAMP data which will be used to compare post-LSAMP minority retention, progression, and graduation rates in SMET fields.

Comprehensive and longitudinal plans are reflected in (1) the establishment of partnerships with members drawn from among community colleges, colleges and universities, school systems, Federal/state/local government agencies, major national laboratories and centers, industry, private foundations, and SMET professional organizations, as necessary to achieve the proposed LSAMP objectives; (2) incorporation of academic, curricular, and co-curricular enrichment activities designed to improve instructional performance as well as increase the motivation, performance, and progression of talented students within undergraduate degree programs and in preparation for graduate degree programs; and (3) provide direct student support as necessary to enable students to attend academic year and summer enrichment activities without unnecessary loss of income.

The LSAMP Program provides latitude to proposers in designing projects to achieve the stated LSAMP goals. The structure and content of proposed projects should be governed by differences in the institutional and organizational capabilities of alliance members, strategies for the formation of the alliance, and characteristics of specific localities. Project specifics may encompass a wide variety of activities. The project activities must form a feasible, logical, and comprehensive effort focused upon improving the undergraduate educational experience. While the primary focus of LSAMP is at the undergraduate level, projects must include activities that affect student advancement through one or more of the critical decision points during SMET education: a) the transition between high school and college, b) 2- and 4-year college, c) undergraduate and the workplace, d) undergraduate and graduate school, and graduate school and faculty. These activities allow the LSAMP program to build linkages between the various sectors of the SMET community and the educational process to increase the flow of students and their advancement rate.

The activities above are merely illustrative of the range of activities that are possible under the LSAMP Program. [SEE SECTION IX, "OTHER PROGRAMS OF INTEREST"]

The LSAMP PROPOSAL REVIEW AND EVALUATION Section of this solicitation specifies that proposals will be evaluated on their potential to increase minority participation in SMET disciplines. NSF strongly encourages potential awardees to permit participation by all students in LSAMP activities.

The following are specific requirements for support under various phases of the LSAMP program.

A. PHASE I

Phase I awards place emphasis on baccalaureate production.

Alliances competing for Phase I support must define their current baseline production of baccalaureate recipients in SMET fields and commit to a significant increase in B.S. Degree production in SMET fields within the five year award period. Applicants should make a compelling case for the level of increase they define as significant.

B. PHASE II

Phase II awards augment the Phase I emphases by addressing individual student retention and progression to baccalaureate degrees.

Alliances completing a Phase I project may apply for Phase II support if they: a) commit to a significant increase in B.S. degree production levels beyond the Phase I goal, (the Phase I goal will be adjusted if the baseline cohort is changed through additions or reductions in the Phase I alliance membership), and b) submit a clear plan of action to significantly increase individual, not simply aggregate, SMET student retention and progression toward B.S. degree attainment in Phase II. Applicants should make a compelling case for the levels of increase they define as significant.

Additionally, in order to be supported under Phase II, alliances must obtain a significant portion of their Phase I B.S. Degree production goal, or if the Phase I B.S. Degree production goal has not been attained, submit a clear plan for attainment of the Phase I goal, and demonstrate progress toward institutionalization of LSAMP strategies and techniques for increased SMET baccalaureate production.

C. PHASE III

Phase III awards augment the Phase I and Phase II emphases with attention to aggregate student progression to graduate school entry.

A Phase III award represents a capstone effort to finalize institutionalization of achievements developed over the preceeding ten years and to finalize construction of permanent pathways to graduate study for baccalaureate recipients at participating institutions. Entities seeking further support opportunities are referred to the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program.

Alliances completing a Phase II project may apply for Phase III support if they: a) define a baseline level of and commit to a significant increase in the number of their previous, current and future baccalaureate recipients entering either a SMET graduate program or a graduate program in teacher education, and b) sustain the B.S. Degree production levels and individual student retention and progression rates specified as Phase II goals (the Phase II goals will be adjusted if the baseline cohort is changed through additions or reductions in the Phase II alliance membership). Applicants should make a compelling case for the levels of increase they define as significant.

Phase III support of up to $100,000 annually (one- and two-year awards) is available for support of educational research projects on minority baccalaureate attainment in SMET. The proposals for LSAMP educational research projects should be based in a research design that incorporates appropriate and proven methodologies and strategies to (1) identify the research questions, (2) implement the collection and analysis of data, and (3) interpret the resulting measures and findings generated by the study. The results should provide convincing evidence of factors (including departmental/institutional) facilitating undergraduate access to SMET careers, including baccalaureate degree attainment and persistence to SMET graduate study by members of traditionally underrepresented racial/ethnic groups. Results should provide educators with practical and successful strategies to promote broader adoption or adaptation of the recommended factors within their educational systems (departments, institutions, alliances).

These educational research studies should reflect explicit cognizance of the broad variety of institutions of higher education involved and should address the unique challenges and opportunities posed by that variety. Outcomes of the proposed research should be developed with the intent to inform the education community, including faculty, administrators, policymakers, and parents, enabling them to guide better the future development of learning experiences, and foster the retention, and academic success of diverse students in SMET.

Note that broader research opportunities in student learning and student academic success are eligible for support under the Research on Learning and Education (ROLE).

Additionally, in order to be supported under Phase III, alliances must obtain a significant portion of the Phase II B.S. Degree production and individual student retention goals, or if the Phase II B.S. Degree production and individual student retention goals have not been attained, submit a clear plan for attainment of the Phase II goals, and demonstrate institutionalization of LSAMP strategies and techniques for increased SMET baccalaureate production in the absence of further NSF funding.


III. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

It is recognized that single organizations have unique strengths and weaknesses in addressing issues related to SMET education and the workforce. The LSAMP program requires coalitions that capitalize on the strength of each partner to develop different resources and new approaches. Such coalitions are expected to involve community colleges, colleges and universities, state/local governments, industry, private foundations, SMET professional organizations, and other Federal agencies as necessary to achieve program objectives. In all cases, however, true partnerships must be created that are characterized by joint planning and resource commitments, as well as close cooperation among participating organizations and their personnel.

Prospective applicants may discuss their proposal preparation with NSF program staff prior to proposal submission.


IV. AWARD INFORMATION

The level of support provided under the LSAMP Program will depend upon the number, scope, and quality of proposals submitted, as well as availability of funds. The NSF contribution to a project will not normally exceed $1,000,000 per year. NSF expects to make approximately 8 new awards in this fiscal year.

The LSAMP Program will be managed through Cooperative Agreements that will initially be made for up to 5 years. The progress and plans of each funded project will be assessed annually, prior to receiving approval for continued NSF support. The initial five-year award is potentially renewable. Eligible LSAMP Alliances shall receive no more than 15 years of funding in this program. The LSAMP program will ensure that each project is funded in a cost-efficient manner by adjusting the funding levels as proposed below:

PHASE I Projects

PHASE II Projects

PHASE III Projects

Some types of student support are allowable. Requested financial support should be clearly justified along with established recruitment, selection and accountability criteria. Allowable student support is limited to financial support for employing team building principles (e.g., collaborative learning experiences, small group clustering in academic sections, structured work-study groups), individual skill development (e.g., participation in special seminars and colloquia), involvement in research (e.g., stipends or salary for academic-year or summer research programs, and related personal career counseling and mentoring), preparation for graduate school application and success, and other activities designed to enhance student experiences and student/faculty/mentor interaction. The LSAMP will also provide direct support to enable students to attend summer enrichment activities and to participate in other activities throughout the academic year. Please note that student support can only be provided to U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent U.S. residents.

V. PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

Full Proposal:

Proposals submitted in response to this program announcement/solicitation should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the general guidelines contained in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). The complete text of the GPG is available electronically on the NSF Web Site at: https://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?gpg. Paper copies of the GPG may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (301) 947-2722 or by e-mail from pubs@nsf.gov.

Proposals that do not strictly adhere to the specified page limitations (given below) will be ineligible for consideration and will be returned without review. The proposals should be prepared and submitted in accordance with specific guidelines provided in this document and the general guidelines provided in the Grant Proposal Guide (NSF 01-2). Specifically, the proposal should include the following:

1. Cover Sheet for Proposals with Institutional Certifications: Proposals should specify "LSAMP" at the beginning of the title and list the solicitation number in the appropriate box. Select Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) as the appropriate NSF program, and Division of Human Resource Development (HRD) as the NSF division to be entered on the proposal cover sheet.

2. Project Summary: Provide a brief (one page or less) description of the project, clearly stating objectives and strategies to be employed.

3. Project Description: The narrative (not to exceed 15 single-spaced typed pages in standard font size of 10 to 12 points) presents most of the information that determines whether an award will be made. All pages must be numbered at the bottom with 2.5 cm. margins at the top, bottom, and on each side.

Proposals must specify project objectives, planned outcomes, project monitoring guidelines, how outcomes will be measured, and plans to disseminate results. The effect on the quality of SMET education should be clearly stated. Proposers should keep in mind that the most relevant indicators of success are the number of participants that are making satisfactory progress towards obtaining a B.S. degree in SMET, the rates of retention and progression for individual students, and the number of participants entering graduate SMET programs. A detailed description of the comprehensive evaluation and assessment activities must be included in the program description section of the proposal. Specific elements within the proposal should include, in the order indicated, the following:


4. Biographical Sketches: Biographical sketches of key project personnel (each no more than two pages in length) should highlight relevant experience in recruiting, academic and career mentoring, and knowledge of research methodologies, higher education, minority participation in SMET disciplines, graduation and workforce entry, etc. Up to 10 major relevant publications may be listed for each of the key personnel.

5. Timeline for Major Project Benchmarks (1 page maximum). Upload this timeline as a file into Supplementary Docs in Fastlane.

6. The budget should be prepared using the Budget Form (HRD 1030) available in FastLane. A budget should be prepared for each year of support requested, and a cumulative budget for all years of support requested. Senior personnel administrative cost should not exceed 25% of the total budget. The LSAMP program is not intended to be a scholarship or fellowship program. Annual and cummulative signed budgets and justifications should be included for each proposed subaward.

Cost of entertainment, amusement, diversion and social activities and any costs directly associated with such costs (such as tickets to shows or sports events, meals, lodging, rental, transportation and gratuities) are not allowable. Expenses of awardee employees who are not on travel status, serving as hosts, or otherwise participating at meals that are primarily social occasions involving speakers or consultants are not allowable. In addition, costs of ceremonies and incidental costs related to things such as bar charges and personal telephone calls of participants or guests are not allowable.

Annual budgets should include cost for principal investigator to attend a two-day project directors meeting at NSF. Students receiving support must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S. Limited funds intended to partially defray the costs of research by students may be requested.

Special recognition of participating students is encouraged, and may be proposed as allowable costs, but should be fully justified. Fees for speakers also may be proposed, but should be fully justified.


Proposers are reminded to identify the program solicitation number (NSF 01-140) in the program announcement/solicitation block on the proposal Cover Sheet (NSF Form 1207). Compliance with this requirement is critical to determining the relevant proposal processing guidelines. Failure to submit this information may delay processing.

B. Budgetary Information

Cost sharing at a level of 100% percent of the requested total amount of NSF funds is required for all proposals submitted in response to this solicitation. The proposed cost sharing must be shown on Line M on the proposal budget. Documentation of the availability of cost sharing must be included in the proposal. Only items which would be allowable under the applicable cost principles, if charged to the project, may be included in the awardee’s contribution to cost sharing. Contributions may be made from any non-Federal source, including non-Federal grants or contracts, and may be cash or in kind (see OMB Circular A-110, Section 23). It should be noted that contributions counted as cost sharing toward projects of another Federal agency may not be counted towards meeting the specific cost sharing requirements of the NSF award. All cost sharing amounts are subject to audit. Failure to provide the level of cost sharing reflected in the approved award budget may result in termination of the NSF award, disallowance of award costs and/or refund of award funds to NSF.

Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations: None

Other Budgetary Limitations: Direct support of faculty research is not available through the program. Award size will be based on the number of degrees to be awarded.

C. Deadline/Target Dates

Proposals must be submitted by the following date(s):


Full Proposals by 5:00 PM local time: January 31, 2002

D. FastLane Requirements

Proposers are required to prepare and submit all proposals for this Program Solicitation through the FastLane system. Detailed instructions for proposal preparation and submission via FastLane are available at: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/a1/newstan.htm. For FastLane user support, call 1-800-673-6188 or e-mail fastlane@nsf.gov.

Submission of Signed Cover Sheets. The Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) must electronically sign the proposal Cover Sheet to submit the required proposal certifications (see Chapter II, Section C of the Grant Proposal Guide for a listing of the certifications). The AOR must provide the required certifications within five working days following the electronic submission of the proposal. Further instructions regarding this process are available on the FastLane website at: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov.

VI. PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION

A. NSF Proposal Review Process

Reviews of proposals submitted to NSF are solicited from peers with expertise in the substantive area of the proposed research or education project. These reviewers are selected by Program Officers charged with the oversight of the review process. NSF invites the proposer to suggest at the time of submission, the names of appropriate or inappropriate reviewers. Care is taken to ensure that reviewers have no conflicts with the proposer. Special efforts are made to recruit reviewers from non-academic institutions, minority-serving institutions, or adjacent disciplines to that principally addressed in the proposal.

Proposals will be reviewed against the following general review criteria established by the National Science Board. Following each criterion are potential considerations that the reviewer may employ in the evaluation. These are suggestions and not all will apply to any given proposal. Each reviewer will be asked to address only those that are relevant to the proposal and for which he/she is qualified to make judgements.

Principal Investigators should address the following elements in their proposal to provide reviewers with the information necessary to respond fully to both of the above-described NSF merit review criteria. NSF staff will give these elements careful consideration in making funding decisions.

A summary rating and accompanying narrative will be completed and signed by each reviewer. In all cases, reviews are treated as confidential documents. Verbatim copies of reviews, excluding the names of the reviewers, are sent to the Principal Investigator/Project Director by the Program Director. In addition, the proposer will receive an explanation of the decision to award or decline funding.

B. Review Protocol and Associated Customer Service Standard

All proposals are carefully reviewed by at least three other persons outside NSF who are experts in the particular field represented by the proposal. Proposals submitted in response to this announcement/solicitation will be reviewed by Panel Review.

Reviewers will be asked to formulate a recommendation to either support or decline each proposal. The Program Officer assigned to manage the proposal's review will consider the advice of reviewers and will formulate a recommendation.

In most cases, proposers will be contacted by the Program Officer after his or her recommendation to award or decline funding has been approved by the Division Director. This informal notification is not a guarantee of an eventual award.

NSF is striving to be able to tell applicants whether their proposals have been declined or recommended for funding within six months for 70 percent of proposals. The time interval begins on the date of receipt. The interval ends when the Division Director accepts the Program Officer's recommendation.

In all cases, after programmatic approval has been obtained, the proposals recommended for funding will be forwarded to the Division of Grants and Agreements for review of business, financial, and policy implications and the processing and issuance of a grant or other agreement. Proposers are cautioned that only a Grants and Agreements Officer may make commitments, obligations or awards on behalf of NSF or authorize the expenditure of funds. No commitment on the part of NSF should be inferred from technical or budgetary discussions with a NSF Program Officer. A Principal Investigator or organization that makes financial or personnel commitments in the absence of a grant or cooperative agreement signed by the NSF Grants and Agreements Officer does so at its own risk.

VII. AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION

A. Notification of the Award

Notification of the award is made to the submitting organization by a Grants Officer in the Division of Grants and Agreements. Organizations whose proposals are declined will be advised as promptly as possible by the cognizant NSF Program Division administering the program. Verbatim copies of reviews, not including the identity of the reviewer, will be provided automatically to the Principal Investigator. (See section VI.A. for additional information on the review process.)

B. Award Conditions

An NSF award consists of: (1) the award letter, which includes any special provisions applicable to the award and any numbered amendments thereto; (2) the budget, which indicates the amounts, by categories of expense, on which NSF has based its support (or otherwise communicates any specific approvals or disapprovals of proposed expenditures); (3) the proposal referenced in the award letter; (4) the applicable award conditions, such as Grant General Conditions (NSF-GC-1)* or Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Terms and Conditions * and (5) any announcement or other NSF issuance that may be incorporated by reference in the award letter. Cooperative agreement awards also are administered in accordance with NSF Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions (CA-1). Electronic mail notification is the preferred way to transmit NSF awards to organizations that have electronic mail capabilities and have requested such notification from the Division of Grants and Agreements.

*These documents may be accessed electronically on NSF's Web site at https://www.nsf.gov/home/grants/grants_gac.htm. Paper copies may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (301) 947-2722 or by e-mail from pubs@nsf.gov.

More comprehensive information on NSF Award Conditions is contained in the NSF Grant Policy Manual (GPM) Chapter II, available electronically on the NSF Web site at https://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?gpm. The GPM is also for sale through the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402. The telephone number at GPO for subscription information is (202) 512-1800. The GPM may be ordered through the GPO Web site at http://www.gpo.gov.

Special Award Conditions
Awards will be made via a cooperative agreement which will specificy the conditions for the conduct of supported projects mutually agreed upon by the awardee institution and the National Science Foundation.


C. Reporting Requirements

For all multi-year grants (including both standard and continuing grants), the PI must submit an annual project report to the cognizant Program Officer at least 90 days before the end of the current budget period.

Projects will be required to submit data via the AMP MARS data system. The data format and content are available at http://www.qrc.com/nsf/ehr/amp/start.htm

Within 90 days after the expiration of an award, the PI also is required to submit a final project report. Approximately 30 days before expiration, NSF will send a notice to remind the PI of the requirement to file the final project report. Failure to provide final technical reports delays NSF review and processing of pending proposals for that PI. PIs should examine the formats of the required reports in advance to assure availability of required data.

NSF has implemented an electronic project reporting system, available through FastLane. This system permits electronic submission and updating of project reports, including information on project participants (individual and organizational), activities and findings, publications, and other specific products and contributions. PIs will not be required to re-enter information previously provided, either with a proposal or in earlier updates using the electronic system.

VIII. CONTACTS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

General inquiries regarding  Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program  should be made to:For questions related to the use of FastLane, contact:

IX. OTHER PROGRAMS OF INTEREST

The NSF Guide to Programs is a compilation of funding for research and education in science, mathematics, and engineering. The NSF Guide to Programs is available electronically at https://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?gp. General descriptions of NSF programs, research areas, and eligibility information for proposal submission are provided in each chapter.

Many NSF programs offer announcements or solicitations concerning specific proposal requirements. To obtain additional information about these requirements, contact the appropriate NSF program offices. Any changes in NSF's fiscal year programs occurring after press time for the Guide to Programs will be announced in the NSF E-Bulletin, which is updated daily on the NSF web site at https://www.nsf.gov/home/ebulletin, and in individual program announcements/solicitations. Subscribers can also sign up for NSF's Custom News Service (https://www.nsf.gov/home/cns/start.htm) to be notified of new funding opportunities that become available.

The LSAMP Program is among those that target underserved populations in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology and that promote innovation in education for all students. Other related programs include the following: Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST); Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP); and Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT). LSAMP also promotes instructional and curricular improvements. Other related programs include the following: Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI), Combined Research and Curriculum Development (CRCD), and CISE Educational Infrastructure (EI). The Research Opportunities in Learning and Education (ROLE) program supports educational research.

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PRIVACY ACT AND PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENTS

The information requested on proposal forms and project reports is solicited under the authority of the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended. The information on proposal forms will be used in connection with the selection of qualified proposals; project reports submitted by awardees will be used for program evaluation and reporting within the Executive Branch and to Congress. The information requested may be disclosed to qualified reviewers and staff assistants as part of the proposal review process; to applicant institutions/grantees to provide or obtain data regarding the proposal review process, award decisions, or the administration of awards; to government contractors, experts, volunteers and researchers and educators as necessary to complete assigned work; to other government agencies needing information as part of the review process or in order to coordinate programs; and to another Federal agency, court or party in a court or Federal administrative proceeding if the government is a party. Information about Principal Investigators may be added to the Reviewer file and used to select potential candidates to serve as peer reviewers or advisory committee members. See Systems of Records, NSF-50, "Principal Investigator/Proposal File and Associated Records," 63 Federal Register 267 (January 5, 1998), and NSF-51, "Reviewer/Proposal File and Associated Records," 63 Federal Register 268 (January 5, 1998). Submission of the information is voluntary. Failure to provide full and complete information, however, may reduce the possibility of receiving an award.

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