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The Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, serves as a focal point for NSF’s agency-wide commitment to enhancing the quality and excellence of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and research through broadening participation by underrepresented groups and institutions.

HRD’s programs have a strong focus on partnerships and collaborations in order to maximize the preparation of a well-trained scientific and instructional workforce. The programs are aligned with their respective target populations:

  • Minorities and Minority-Serving Institutions
  • Women and Girls
  • Persons with Disabilities

All HRD programming seeks to encourage access to and equity within STEM education. Thematically, these goals are realized via:

  • Education Research and Demonstration;
  • Enhancement of Institutional Education Capacity;
  • Enhancement of Institutional Research Capacity;
  • Large-scale Implementation; and
  • Recognition and Dissemination.


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