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ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers
Program Solicitation (NSF 02-121)

Deadlines: TBA

The goal of the ADVANCE program is to increase the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce through the increased representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. To meet this goal, the ADVANCE program provides award opportunities for both individuals and organizations through Fellows Awards, Institutional Transformation Awards, and Leadership Awards. With each of the three types of ADVANCE awards, NSF seeks to support new approaches to improving the climate for women in U.S. academic institutions and to facilitate women's advancement to the highest ranks of academic leadership. Creative approaches to realizing this goal are sought from both men and women. Members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For additional information, contact ADVANCE Program Director, Alice Hogan. Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences or contact: Jolene Jesse or Nancy Lutz.

Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Program
EPSCoR Home Page

Deadline: Submission Date Varies with the Program

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) increases the R&D competitiveness of an eligible state through the development of science and technology (S&T) resources within its major research universities. It does so by (1) stimulating sustainable S&T infrastructure improvements at the state and institution levels that significantly increase the ability of EPSCoR researchers to compete for federal and private sector R&D funding; and (2) accelerating the movement of EPSCoR researchers and institutions into the mainstream of federal and private sector R&D support. For additional information, contact Jolene Jesse or the appropriate disciplinary program officer.

Faculty Early Career Development Awards (CAREER)
CAREER Home Page
Program Solicitation (NSF 02-111)

Deadline: July 22, 2004

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards for new faculty members. This activity recognizes and supports the early development of academic faculty as both educators and researchers. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from tenure-track faculty members within their first four years of full-time appointment at all CAREER-eligible organizations who are likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. CAREER proposals must include a career-development plan that integrates research and education activities. CAREER proposals are reviewed in the appropriate Disciplinary program in the Division of Social and Economic Sciences or the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences. For additional information, contact Amber Story.

Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) PECASE Home Page
Program Announcement

Deadline: July 22, 2004

NSF selects up to twenty nominees from the most meritorious awardees supported by the CAREER program for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). PECASE awards recognize outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge. This Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. PECASE recipients must meet certain citizenship or residency requirements and submit form 1317A at the time they apply for their CAREER award. For additional information, contact Amber Story.

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Program
IGERT Home Page
Program Solicitation (NSF-04-550)

Deadline: Preliminary proposals was April 29, 2004 (5pm proposer's local time)
................Formal proposals will be October 29, 2004 (5pm proposer's local
................time) BY INVITATION ONLY.

The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Program supports projects based on multidisciplinary research themes that are organized by diverse groups of investigators with appropriate research and teaching expertise. The use of a multidisciplinary research theme provides a framework for the integration of research and educational activities, and for collaborative efforts in training. The program is intended to catalyze a cultural change in graduate education, for students, faculty, and institutions, by establishing innovative new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Thus, an IGERT project may involve investigators from one or more departments within a single institution or from more than one institution. It is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to the development of a diverse, globally-engaged, science and engineering workforce. For additional information, contact Frank Scioli, Mark Weiss.

Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12)
GK-12 Homepage
Program Announcement (NSF 04-533)

Deadline: Letters of Intent (required) is May 5, 2004 (5pm proposer's local time).
...............Full proposal submission is June 2, 2004 (5pm proposer's local time)

This program supports fellowships and associated training that will enable graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the sciences (including the social, behavioral, and economic sciences), mathematics, engineering, and technology to serve as resources in K-12 schools. Academic institutions apply for awards to support fellowship activities, and are responsible for selecting fellows. The fellows will serve as resources for teachers in science and mathematics instruction. Expected outcomes include improved communication and teaching skills for the fellows, enriched learning by K-12 students, professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers, and strengthened partnerships between institutions of higher education and local school districts. For additional information, please contact Jolene Jesse.

 Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program
MRI Homepage
Program Solicitation (NSF 04-511)

Deadline: January 22, 2004

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) is designed to improve the condition of scientific and engineering equipment and facilities for research and research training in US academic institutions. This program seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, and to foster the integration of research and education by providing instrumentation for research-intensive learning environments. For additional information, contact John Yellen.

Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
Program Solicitation (NSF 00-139)

Deadline: December 6, 2004

This program seeks to prepare underrepresented minority scientists for leadership positions in academia and industry. Applicants must be US citizens, nationals, or lawfully admitted permanent residents and recipients of the doctoral degree within the past 4 years. The postdoctoral fellowships are designed to permit Fellows to choose a sponsoring scientist and a research and training environment that is most beneficial to their scientific development. The supporting activities include travel awards for minority graduate students who plan to apply for the postdoctoral fellowship to visit potential sponsors; an annual meeting of current and past Fellows; and research starter grants for Fellows as they begin an academic career. The Minority Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is administered by the Office of Cross-Directorate Activities. For additional information, contact John Perhonis.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
REU Home Page
Program Solicitation (NSF04-584)

Deadline for Sites: August 17, 2004

List of Current REU Sites for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
The REU Program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to experience hands-on participation in research or related scholarly activity. REU SUPPLEMENTS are made to existing NSF grants to cover the extra costs of adding one or more undergraduate participants. Those interested in obtaining such supplements should contact the disciplinary programs handling their grants. REU SITES are groups of (typically) six to twelve students at a host institution for (usually) summer sessions to participate in ongoing research programs or in research projects specially designed for this purpose. The REU Sites Program is administered by the Office of Cross-Directorate Activities. For additional information, contact Jolene Jesse.

Research Opportunity Awards (ROA)
ROA Homepage
Program Announcement (NSF 00-144)

Deadline: Submission Date Varies with Program

These awards provide faculty members of predominantly undergraduate institutions with limited research capability an opportunity to participate in research in association with NSF grantees at research institutions. Candidates may initiate contact with prospective host investigators/institutions, or such institutions may invite eligible candidates to participate. The host groups will then apply directly to the programs handling their grants for the necessary supplemental awards. For additional information, contact the appropriate disciplinary program.

Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)
RUI Homepage
Program Announcement (NSF 00-144)
SBE RUI Colleague Letter

Deadline: Submission Date Varies with Program

This program provides support for research and research equipment for faculty in non-doctoral departments in predominantly undergraduate institutions. The objectives of the program are to: (1) support high quality research by faculty with active involvement of undergraduate students, (2) strengthen the research environment in academic departments that are oriented primarily toward undergraduate instruction, and (3) promote the integration of research and education at predominantly undergraduate institutions. However, the overriding purpose of RUI is the support of faculty research and to help maintain faculty member's intellectual vibrancy both in the classroom and in the research community. For additional information, contact the appropriate disciplinary program.

Science of Learning Centers (SLC)
SLC Homepage
Program Solicitation (NSF 03-573)

Deadline: TBA

The Science of Learning Centers program (SLC) offers awards for large-scale, long-term Centers that will extend the frontiers of knowledge on learning and create the intellectual, organizational, and physical infrastructure needed for the long-term advancement of learning research. The science of learning emerges from the intersections of diverse disciplines across the biological, cognitive, computational, mathematical, physical, and social sciences, engineering, and education. Centers are built around a unifying research focus and incorporate a diverse, multidisciplinary environment involving appropriate partnerships with academia, industry, all levels of education, and other public and private entities. For additional information, contact Soo-Siang Lim.

Science and Technology Centers (STC) Integrative Partnerships
STC Home Page
Program Solicitation (NSF 03-550)

Deadline Preliminary Proposals were due on June 3, 2003
...............Full Proposals (by invitation only) were due on February 10, 2004
...............Next competition is 2005.

The Science and Technology Centers: Integrative Partnership Program (STC) supports innovation in the integrative conduct of research, education, and knowledge transfer. STCs build intellectual and physical infrastructure within and between disciplines, weaving together knowledge creation, knowledge integration, and knowledge transfer. STCs conduct world-class research through partnerships of universities, national laboratories, industrial organizations, and/or other public/private entities. New knowledge thus created in meaningfully linked to society. STCs enable and foster excellent education, integrate research and education, and create bonds between learning inquiry so that discovery and creativity more fully support the learning process. STCs capitalize on diversity through participation in center activities and demonstrate leadership in the involvement of groups underrepresented in science and engineering. For additional information, contact Tom Baerwald (703) 292-7301.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
SBIR Home Page
SBIR/STTR Program Solicitation (NSF-04-551)

Deadline: All topics July 27, 2004
............... (All proposals must be in by 5:00 p.m. submitter´s time.)

Biotechnology (BT)

Advanced Materials, Manufacturing, & Chemical Processes (AM)
This is a three-phase program to enable small science and technology firms to conduct innovative high-risk research. The purpose of the program is to stimulate technological innovation; utilize small business concerns to meet Federal R&D needs; foster and encourage participation by minority and disadvantaged persons in technological innovation; and increase private sector commercialization of innovations from Federal R&D. Research is supported in all fields of social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Proposals must conform to standard research protocol in those sciences. Proposers are encouraged to consult with academic researchers in crafting their research designs. The program is administered by the Division of Design, Manufacture, and Industrial Innovation in the Directorate for Engineering. For additional information, contact Sara Nerlove (703-292-7077).