Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NSF STEP Centers

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's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program Centers (STEP Centers) competition allows a group of faculty representing a cross-section of institutions of higher education to identify and to propose a comprehensive and coordinated set of activities to address a national challenge or opportunity in undergraduate education in biological, engineering, or geological sciences.

Program activities for all STEP Centers should be designed to have a national impact on increasing the number of students, including STEM majors or non-STEM majors or both, enrolling in undergraduate courses in STEM, and to improve student learning and retention in those courses, by developing, evaluating, and disseminating one or more of the following:

  • Educational materials for undergraduate courses, laboratories, curricula, or other aspects of the undergraduate experience;
  • Teaching methods for undergraduate courses; and/or
  • Professional development to improve the capacity of faculty and teaching assistants to provide effective instruction in undergraduate courses.

Projects are expected to include multiple academic institutions and may involve business and industrial partners, professional societies, or other stakeholders. A single institution must submit the proposal and other partners may be involved as sub-awardees.

An institution is allowed to be the lead institution on only one proposal to the EHR-BIO STEP Center competition, only one proposal to the EHR-ENG STEP Centers competition, and only one proposal to the EHR-GEO STEP Centers competition. Thus, a given institution may be the lead institution on up to three proposal submissions in total. An institution may be a partner institution on any number of submissions. Because MU may only be the lead institution on up to three proposals , letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages, and should include 1) the directorate to which the proposal would be submitted, 2) anticipated partner institutions, 3) the challenge or opportunity to be addressed by the center, 4) a brief overview of the anticipated center activities and outcomes, and 5) the names of three MU personnel who would be qualified to serve as internal reviewers for letters of intent under this program.


Up to $6,000,000 for new awards subject to availability of funds. Grant duration for STEP Center awards is expected to be 5 years, with the final 2 years of funding contingent on determination that satisfactory progress has been made by the awardee during the first 3 years.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, July 9, 2010

External Proposal Deadlines:

Required letters of intent are due August 4, 2010
Preliminary Proposals are due September 7, 2010
Full Proposals are due January 20, 2011


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