National Science Foundation (NSF)
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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education for projects that increase the representation of women in STEM careers. A Letter of Intent or a Preliminary Proposal may be required prior to submission of the full proposal. Funding is intended to promote equity in STEM field recruitment, retention, and career advancement at academic institutions and workplaces. Activities should address organizational barriers that prevent women from fully participating and advancing through academic institutions.
The ADVANCE program seeks to develop systemic approaches to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers.
The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. The NSF ADVANCE program provides grants to enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and to mitigate the systemic factors that create inequities in the academic profession and workplaces. Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate. For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement, and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards.
Similarly, policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could lead to women and racial and ethnic minorities being evaluated less favorably, perpetuating historical under-participation in STEM academic careers and contributing to an academic climate that is not inclusive.
Intersectional approaches should be considered throughout the project design – from the data collection and analysis of institutional or disciplinary data to identify systemic inequities, to the design of the project strategies, and to the project evaluation. ADVANCE proposals should offer strategies that involve all faculty and promote equity for all faculty.
The program includes four funding tracks: Institutional Transformation (IT), Adaptation, Partnership, and Catalyst. For a detailed description of these tracks, and for a comparative chart, see https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19552/nsf19552.pdf#page=5 and https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19552/nsf19552.pdf#page=7.
NSF ADVANCE Partnership and Adaptation projects can focus on one (or more) STEM disciplines if designed to have national or regional impact. Adaptation projects from non-profit institutions of higher education must include all the STEM disciplines at the institution.
GrantWatch ID#: 176005
The total number of awards to be made under this solicitation is estimated to be between 18 and 38 over the two fiscal years of this solicitation.
NSF anticipates having up to $30,000,000 available over a period of two fiscal years (FY 2019-FY 2020) for support of the NSF ADVANCE portfolio. Up to $15,000,000 will be available for the FY 2019 competition and approximately $15,000,000 will be available for proposals for the FY 2020 competition.
In each year, NSF expects to make:
- Approximately two Institutional Transformation awards up to $3,000,000 for five-year projects
- Approximately six Adaptation awards up to $1,000,000 for three years
- Approximately six Partnership awards up to $1,000,000 for three to five years
- Approximately six Catalyst awards up to $300K for two years.
Up to three of the six Adaptation projects may qualify for an additional $100,000 for collaborating with an NSF funded graduate education project, and up to three of the six Partnerships projects may qualify for an additional $250,000 for collaborating with the NSF INCLUDES National Network.
Duration of projects:
- Institutional Transformation: Five years
- Adaptation: Three years
- Partnership: Three to five years
- Catalyst: Two years
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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