Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

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 Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority (URM's: African-Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Pacific Islanders) students pursuing advanced study, obtaining doctoral degrees, and entering the professoriate in STEM disciplines. Alliances participating in this program are expected to engage in comprehensive institutional cultural changes that will lead to sustained increases in the conferral of STEM (sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics) doctoral degrees and placement of URMs in faculty positions, significantly exceeding historic levels of performance.

NSF has concluded that some modifications to this generally successful program will enable it to fulfill its goals more effectively. Accordingly, NSF plans to solicit proposals and award a series of assessment/evaluation and planning/pilot grants during FY 2011 to be followed by a new cycle of full grants in 2012. Universities that have or have had active AGEP alliances will be eligible for funds to evaluate the success of their programs. Universities that have not had active alliances, or those that wish to form new alliances, may apply for planning/pilot grants.

Planning Grants provide support to undertake the establishment of new strategic alliances that will submit full proposals in the next two years. Planning grants should also research strategies that could be implemented to improve the quality of graduate and postdoctoral STEM education and to increase the number of URM faculty at the institution. Typical activities include data collection and analysis, stakeholder consultation, research of potential activities and strategies, site visits to model programs, and other activities that would lead to preparation of a proposal for implementation of a new AGEP project.

Project Evaluation Grants must have an evaluation plan that is appropriate to the goals of AGEP and the project and explicitly describe the approach that the alliance intends to use in assessing its successes and failures and meeting its strategic objectives. Specific performance indicators and metrics appropriate to the goals of AGEP must be identified and included. Project evaluations should be sufficiently distant from the project to be objective but should be designed to be of most help to the project team pursuant to its responsibilities to the field.

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, October 1, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to a three-page summary including 1) the type of project (planning or project evaluation), 2) goals of the project, 3) activities and methods to achieve the project goals, and 4) names of three MU personnel who could serve as internal reviewers for letters of intent under this program.


Up to $150,000 for a period of up to two years.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, October 1, 2010

External Proposal Deadline:

November 23, 2010


URL for more information:

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