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Title: Exploring NSF Funding Opportunities


1
Exploring NSF Funding Opportunities
  • Stephen Joan Harriet
  • Cooper Peckham Taylor
  • Division of Division of Division of
  • Undergraduate Computer Computer
  • Education Network Systems Network Systems
  • sccooper_at_nsf.gov jpeckham_at_nsf.gov
    htaylor_at_nsf.gov
  • National Science Foundation
  • 5 March 2009
  • http//www.nsf.gov/

2
NSF Mission
  • To promote the progress of science to advance
    the national health, prosperity, and welfare to
    secure the national defense and for other
    purposes
  • (NSF Act of 1950)

3
NSF Impact
  • With an annual budget of over 6.0 billion, NSF
    is the funding source for about 20 percent of all
    federally supported basic research conducted by
    America's colleges and universities.
  • (NSF at a Glance NSF Home page FY 2009)

4
So, whats that about the 3B stimulus?
Image from http//caosblog.com/2459
5
What NSF knows
  • We dont yet know where the money will be
    directed
  • Some programs will likely benefit (much) more
    than others

6
The NSF Structure
7
NSF Process
  • NSFs merit review process is the keystone for
    award selection … NSF uses merit review to select
    about 10,000 new awards each year from more than
    42,000 competitive proposals
    submitted … annually …
  • NSF Strategic Plan FY2003-08, p. 4, 21, 26
  • Credit Garie Fordyce, National Science
    Foundation

8
Purpose of this session
  • To share information about several specific NSF
    programs from which you may wish to seek funding

9
Some tips in seeking funding
  • Get copies of previously funded proposals
  • Directly from the PI
  • From Leslie Jensen (ljensen_at_nsf.gov)
  • Contact a program officer offering to review
    proposals
  • Discuss your idea with an NSF PO

10
Some tips in seeking funding
  • Find a partner, colleague, or collaborator
  • Get friends to pre-review your proposal
  • If you are at a predominantly undergraduate
    institution
  • Get a Research Opportunity Award
  • Submit an RUI proposal

And are submitting a proposal to a research
directorate, e.g. CISE
11
Some tips in seeking funding
  • Stop by the NSF CCLI/CPATH showcase to talk with
    PIs about their funded projects
  • Thursday 300 PM to 430 PM
  • Friday 1000 AM to 1130 AM
  • Friday 245 PM to 415 PM
  • Saturday 1010 AM to 1140 AM

12
NSF Programs
13
Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement
(CCLI)
  • CCLI seeks to improve the quality of STEM
  • education for all students by targeting
    activities
  • affecting learning environments, course content,
  • curricula, and educational practices
  • Supports projects at all levels of undergraduate
  • education
  • Supports activities in the classroom, laboratory,
  • and field settings
  • NSF 09-529, CCLI Phase 1 May 21, 2009

14
CCLI Goals and Objectives A New Emphasis
  • Provide a framework for projects to maximize
    their effectiveness in improving undergraduate
    STEM education
  • Increase the emphasis on projects that build on
    prior work and contribute to the knowledge base
    of STEM education research and practice
  • Contribute to building a community of scholars
    who work in related areas of education
  • Explicitly identify a set of measurable outcomes
    that will be used in the project management and
    evaluation

15
CCLI Organized Cycle of Innovation into 5
Components
Creating New Learning Materials and Teaching
Strategies
Conducting Research on Undergraduate STEM
Education
Developing Faculty Expertise
Assessing Student Achievement
Implementing Educational Innovations
16
CCLI 3 Types
  • Type 1 Projects
  • Involve exploratory, initial investigation or
    adaptation in one of the component areas.
  • Type 2 Projects
  • Build on smaller scale but proven innovations,
    refine and test innovations on diverse users,
    impact multiple components
  • Type 3 Projects
  • Several diverse institutions, evaluation or
    assessment activitiesdeep broad, combine
    proven results and mature innovations from
    several component areas.

17
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
  • Goal Provides institutions funds to provide
  • scholarships to academically talented, but
    financial
  • needy, students. Students can be pursuing
  • associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees.
  • NSF 07-524 Letter of Intent July 10, 2008
    Full Proposal August 12, 2008
  • New solicitation will be available soon

18
S-STEM
  • Eligible disciplines extended to include biology,
  • physical and mathematical sciences, computer
  • and information sciences, geosciences, and
    engineering
  • Maximum scholarships increased to 10,000
  • (but still based on financial need)
  • Grant size increased to 600,000
  • One proposal per constituent school or college
  • About 50-70 million available

19
S-STEM
  • Special Program Features
  • Has a faculty member in a STEM discipline as the
    PI.
  • Involves cohorts of students.
  • Provides student support structures.
  • Includes optional enhancements such as research
    opportunities, tutoring, internships, etc.
  • Enrolls students full time.

20
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students
Teachers (ITEST)
  • Located within the Division of Research on
    Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL)
  • Appropriate for colleges involved in outreach
    with the K-12 communities
  • You may also wish to look at REESE or DRK-12
  • NSF 08-526
  • Letters of intent due January 19, 2010
  • Full Proposal February 12, 2010

21
ITEST
  • Greater emphasis on a knowledge base
  • Three types of projects
  • Strategies (up to 1,500,000)
  • Design, implementation, and evaluation of models
    for classroom, after-school, summer, virtual,
    and/or year-round learning experiences for
    students and/or teachers to encourage students
    readiness for, and their interest and
    participation in, the STEM workforce.

22
ITEST
  • Three types of projects
  • Scale Up (up to 2,500,000)
  • Expanding successful projects into a large-scale
    setting such as a state or national level based
    on evidence of demonstrated success
  • Studies (up to 1,500,000)
  • Research projects to enrich understanding of
    issues related to enlarging the STEM workforce,
    including efficacy and effectiveness studies of
    intervention models, longitudinal studies,
    development of instruments to assess engagement,
    persistence, and other relevant constructs, or
    studies to identify predictors of student
    inclination to pursue STEM career trajectories.

23
Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service
(SFS)
  • Co-sponsored by NSF and the Department of
    Homeland Security
  • Goal protect the nations critical computer
    infrastructure, systems, and networks
  • Objective Increase supply of Information
    Assurance (IA) professionals in Federal Service
  • Search NSF website for NSF08600

24
SFS Institution Requirements
  • Center of Academic Excellence in Information
    Assurance Education (CAEIAE) see
    http//www.nsa.gov/ia/academia/caeiae.cfm
  • Can partner with a CAEIAE institution

25
SFS Tracks
  • Two tracks
  • Capacity Building
  • Scholarship

26
SFS Capacity Building Track
  • increase faculty capabilities, or
  • strengthen partnerships between institutions of
    higher education, government, and relevant
    employment sectors
  • Faculty development was FY09 priority
  • Institutional faculty development
  • Technical experiences for faculty

27
SFS Scholarship Track
  • Provides scholarships to students in IA programs
    of study
  • BS/BA, MS, or PhD IA programs are eligible
  • Scholarships cover last two years of study
  • Full tuition and fees, room and board, books, and
    a stipend (8K or 12K)

28
Advanced Technological Education (ATE)
  • Goal Educate technicians for the high-tech
    fields that drive our nations economy
  • Sample activities
  • Curriculum development
  • Faculty professional development
  • Building career pathways
  • Search NSF website for NSF07530

29
ATE Institution Requirements
  • Focus is on two-year colleges
  • All proposals are expected to include one or more
    two-year colleges in leadership roles
  • A consortium of institutions may also apply

30
ATE Tracks
  • Projects
  • Program improvement
  • Professional development for educators
  • Curriculum and educational materials development
  • Teacher preparation
  • Small grants to new awardees

31
ATE Tracks
  • ATE Centers
  • National Centers of Excellence
  • Regional Centers of Excellence
  • Resource Centers
  • Targeted research on technician education

32
ATE Projects Track
  • Program improvement
  • Goal Increase relevance of technician education
    to modern practices and provide a larger pool of
    skilled technicians
  • Project must involve employers
  • Curriculum model developed will be disseminated
    broadly

33
ATE Projects Track
  • Professional Development for Educators
  • Focus on technical growth opportunities for
    current secondary school teachers and two-year
    college faculty
  • Collaboration between secondary teachers and
    two-year faculty is encouraged

34
ATE Projects Track
  • Curriculum and Educational Materials Development
  • Develop new print, electronic, and multimedia
    materials
  • Improve learning environment and course content
  • Input from business, industry, and government is
    expected

35
ATE Projects Track
  • Teacher preparation …
  • Small grants
  • Focus on community colleges that have little or
    no previous ATE grant experience
  • Designed to stimulate implementation, adaptation,
    and innovation in tech. education

36
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Talent Expansion Program (STEP)
  • Goal increase the number of students receiving
    associate or baccalaureate degrees in STEM
  • Search NSF website for NSF08569
  • Proposals due September 29, 2009

37
STEP Tracks
  • Type 1 Implement strategies that will increase
    the number of students obtaining STEM degrees.
    (If you have already had a Type 1 award, see the
    solicitation)
  • Type 2 Conduct research on factors affecting
    associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in
    STEM

38
STEP Type 1
  • Possible project activities
  • Focus directly on student learning
  • Incorporate current technology
  • Develop interdisciplinary approaches
  • Offer bridge programs
  • Increases in a particular field must not be at
    the expense of other fields!

39
Ed Opportunities in CISE
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering
    Directorate
  • Three divisions
  • Computer and Network Systems
  • Computing and Communications Foundations
  • Information and Intelligent Systems
  • Most educational programs cross-cutting
  • cise.nsf.gov

40
CPATH
  • CISE Pathways to Revitalized Undergraduate
    Computing Education
  • Transform undergrad education on a national
    scale
  • Apply Computational Thinking to a broad range of
    disciplines
  • Proposals due April 28, 2009

41
CPATH Funding
  • 2007 - 29 projects funded 42 awards
  • 6M CPATH funds
  • 5M Educational opportunity funds
  • Focus on seeding communities around innovative
    ideas
  • 2008 15 projects funded - 17 awards
  • 5M CPATH funds
  • Focus on planning for implementation of best
    ideas 2009 - 10M projected! Room for many more
    projects

42
CPATH Projects in 25 States
43
CPATH Projects
44
New for CPATH 2009
  • 2 classes of proposals
  • Class 1 projects under 300K
  • Class 2 projects under 800K
  • Budget reflects scope and size of project
  • Emphasis on Computational Thinking concepts and
    competencies must be part of the foundation of
    all projects Still promotes Community Building
    and Institutional Transformation
    activities Collaboration with partners and other
    disciplines encouraged Seeks innovative models
    that can be replicated and adapted Supports
    communities adapting or adopting models

45
CPATH Information
  • CISE CPATH web site
  • (http//www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id
    500025orgCISEfromhome)
  • 2007 and 2008 Portfolio information
  • FAQ
  • CPATH focused session at 145 (Ballroom E)
  • Several Computational Thinking sessions
  • Many sessions include CPATH Projects
  • CPATH projects in NSF showcase

46
REU Sites
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites
  • Institutions host cohorts of 8-10 students for
    summer research
  • At least half of the students from other places
  • Students receive stipend, housing, food,
    professional development, grad school prep
  • CISE supports 47 sites in 23 states

47
CISE REU Sites
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CISE REU Sites List
  • http//www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.cfm?un
    itid5049

49
Ways you can participate
  • Encourage your students to apply
  • Submit proposal to host a site
  • Serve as a mentor
  • Visit a site

50
2009 REU Site Proposals
  • Due August 18, 2009 (anticipated)
  • CISE funding limitations (send email to
    jpeckham_at_nsf.gov for info sheet)
  • Research and student management aspects both very
    important

51
Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC)
  • Seeks to increase number of citizens earning
    computing degrees
  • Focus on 5 under-represented groups
  • Intervention implementation focus Proposals due
    May 13

52
BPC Project Types
  • Alliance and Alliance Extensions
  • Leveraging, Scaling, or Adapting
  • Demonstration Projects
  • Scope and size of project, single or multiple
    institutions determine which type

53
BPC Projects
  • Concentrate on points all along academic
    pipeline
  • Not a scholarship program other types of
    activities shown thru research to be effective
  • Recruiting, mentoring, and retaining students

54
CISE Core Programs Combined
  • Computer and Communications (CCF) Core
  • Algorithmic Foundations
  • Communication and Information Foundations
  • Software and Hardware Foundations
  • Computer and Network Systems (CNS) Core
  • Computer Systems Research
  • Network Systems Research
  • Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) Core
  • Human-Centered Computing
  • Information Integration and Informatics
  • Robust Intelligence
  • Small (December), Medium (August), Large
    (November)

55
THANKS
  • Well be at the NSF CCLI/CPATH showcase in the
    Exhibits area during the breaks.
  • Please stop by!
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