Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NSF Science Master's Program

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The NSF Science Master's Program (SMP) prepares graduate students for careers in business, industry, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies by providing them not only with a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, but also with research experiences, internship experiences, and the skills to succeed in those careers. The program is intended to catalyze the creation of institution-based efforts that can be sustained without additional federal funding. This program is also intended to encourage diversity in student participation so as to contribute to a broadly inclusive, well-trained science and engineering workforce.

The proposed SMP should involve a diverse group of faculty members and other investigators with appropriate expertise in research and teaching in STEM fields, and should include instructors who have expertise specific to the workforce preparation features of the program to provide additional practical skills training. Strong proposals will feature partnerships between academic institutions and potential employers to determine jointly what constitute high need areas as well as the kinds of training needed for careers in these areas. The Principal Investigator (PI) shall be a member of the STEM faculty at the lead academic institution. If the submission is multi-institutional, the lead institution will have overall responsibility for administration of the award and the PI will have the overall responsibility for the management of the project and interactions with the NSF.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2009. Letters of intent are limited to three pages and should summarize plans for the following: 1) needs assessment, 2) innovative graduate education mechanisms, 3) career development opportunities, 4) formative and summative assessment of the program, and 5) any anticipated partner organizations.


up to $700,000

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, September 18, 2009

Sponsor Deadlines:

Required Letter of intent due October 5, 2009. Full proposals due by November 20, 2009


URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in health and life science disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at