Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NSF Geoscience Education (GeoEd) 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 National Science Foundation (NSF) Geoscience Education (GeoEd) Program is part of a portfolio of programs within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) that seeks to increase public understanding of Earth system science and foster recruitment, training and retention of a diverse and skilled geoscience workforce for the future. The program achieves these goals by supporting innovative or transformative projects that improve the quality and effectiveness of formal and informal geoscience education at all educational levels, increase the number of students pursuing geoscience education and career paths, broaden participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in the geosciences, and promote public engagement in Earth system science.

In FY 2010, the GeoEd program invites proposals in four main areas:

  • advancing public Earth system science literacy, particularly through strengthening geoscience education in grades K-14 and informal education settings;
  • fostering development and training of the diverse scientific and technical workforce required for 21st century geoscience careers;
  • utilizing modern technologies to facilitate and increase access to geoscience education and/or develop innovative approaches for using geoscience research activities and data for educational purposes; and
  • establishing regional networks and alliances that bring together scientists, formal and informal science educators, as well as other stakeholders, in support of improving Earth system science education and broadening participation in the geosciences.

Proposals focused on basic research that might catalyze discovery and innovation at the frontiers of geoscience learning, education, and evaluation will be considered by the GeoEd Program, but are not viewed as a priority in this solicitation. However, the GeoEd Program expects all proposed project activities to be grounded in current understanding of how students learn and effective STEM education practices. Proposals must include an appropriate evaluation or assessment plan that will help to document project effectiveness and/or impact.

The GeoEd Program accepts proposals for pilot or proof-of-concept projects (Track 1) and integrative collaborations (Track 2) , as well as for conferences or workshops related to the mission of the program.

An individual may be Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on only one proposal submitted per competition to the GeoEd Program, regardless of whether the proposal is submitted under Track 1 or Track 2.

Because MU may be the lead organization on only one Track 2 proposal for this program (no limit for Track 1), letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 22, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) goals and objectives, 2) target audience, 3) proposed activities, and 4) evaluation plan.


Track 1 proposals: The maximum amount that can be requested is $150,000, but the average award size is anticipated to be on the order of $100,000. Projects can have a maximum duration of two years.

Track 2 proposals: The maximum amount that can be requested is $500,000, but the average award size is anticipated to be on the order of $400,000. Projects can have a maximum duration of four years.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, January 22, 2010

Sponsor Deadlines:

March 8, 2010


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