Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NSF Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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Limited Submission Announcement

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program is a major research and development effort that supports innovative partnerships to improve K-12 student achievement in mathematics and science. MSP projects are expected to raise the achievement levels of all students and significantly reduce achievement gaps in the mathematics and science performance of diverse student populations. NSF's MSP program coordinates its effort with the Mathematics and Science Partnerships program of the US Department of Education with the expectation that effective innovations in mathematics and science education will be disseminated into wider practice Through this solicitation, NSF seeks to support five types of MSP awards:

  1. Targeted Partnerships focus on studying and solving teaching and learning issues within a specific grade range or at a critical juncture in education, and/or within a specific disciplinary focus in mathematics or the sciences.
  2. Institute Partnerships – Teacher Institutes for the 21st Century focus on meeting national needs for teacher leaders/master teachers who have deep knowledge of disciplinary content for teaching and are fully prepared to be school- or district-based intellectual leaders in mathematics or the sciences.
  3. MSP-Start Partnerships are for awardees new to the MSP program, especially from minority-serving institutions, community colleges and primarily undergraduate institutions, to support the necessary data analysis, project design, evaluation and team building activities needed to develop a full MSP Targeted or Institute Partnership.
  4. Phase II Partnerships for prior MSP Partnership awardees focus on specific innovative areas of their work where evidence of the potential for significant positive impact is clearly documented. The intent is that focused efforts carry out the necessary research to advance knowledge and understanding in the specific area(s).
  5. Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (RETA) projects (a) study the relationships among MSP activities and student learning using theoretically informed, methodologically rigorous methods; (b) develop and validate instruments of teacher or student knowledge that MSPs and others can use to assess the impact of their work, or (c) provide technical assistance to MSP projects to help them rigorously evaluate their work. **THERE IS NO LIMIT ON NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS FOR RETA PROJECTS.**

Except for RETA projects, MU is limited to one application per MSP. For each of the other four categories, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 4, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages, should specify the category to which the application would be submitted, and should briefly summarize the plan to address each of the five key programmatic features required by NSF: 1) partnership-driven; 2) teacher quality, quantity and diversity; 3) challenging courses and curricula; 4) evidence-based design and outcomes; and 5) institutional change and sustainability.


The total anticipated funding amount for the MSP Program is $42 million, pending availability of funds.

  • Targeted Partnerships – up to $10 million (average annual budgets of $2 million) with a duration of up to 5 years.
  • Institute Partnerships – up to $5 million (average annual budgets of $1 million) with a duration of up to 5 years.
  • MSP-Start Partnerships – up to $300,000 (average annual budgets of $150,000) with a duration of up to 2 years.
  • Phase II Partnerships – up to $2.1 million (average annual budgets of $700,000) with a duration of up to 3 years.
  • RETA Projects – up to $1,950,000 (average annual budgets of $650,000) with a duration of up to 3 years.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, June 4, 2010

External Proposal Deadlines:

July 8, 2010 for Institute Partnerships, MSP-Start Partnerships, Phase II Partnerships, RETA Projects. October 14, 2010, for Targeted Partnerships


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