Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NSF Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG)

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The NSF Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) program is designed to increase participation in the geosciences by African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (American Indians and Alaskan Natives), Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesians or Micronesians), and persons with disabilities. A secondary goal of the program is to increase the perceived relevance of the geosciences among broad and diverse segments of the population.

The OEDG Program supports activities that will increase the number of members of underrepresented groups who

  • are involved in formal pre-college geoscience education programs;
  • pursue bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees in the geosciences;
  • enter geoscience careers; and
  • participate in informal geoscience education programs.

The OEDG Program offers three funding tracks:

  1. OEDG Planning Grants - This track supports planning workshops, conferences, symposia and related short-term activities that facilitate either (1) development of new strategic plans to implement systemic, community-wide programs to broaden participation in the geosciences; or (2) development of new partnerships or collaborations between multiple institutions seeking to establish sustainable projects that address the goals of the OEDG program.
  2. Track 1: Proof-of-Concept Projects - This track supports short-term activities. Track 1 projects include activities that will occur only one time, as well as those that are intended as the testing phase of an anticipated long-term full-scale project.
  3. Track 2: Full-Scale Projects - This Track supports longer-term activities that will identify and promote pathways to geoscience careers among members of underrepresented groups. It is expected that Track 2 proposals will establish programs that are sustainable without additional OEDG funding. Prior Track 1 OEDG funding is not a pre-requisite for submitting a Track 2 proposal.

Because MU is limited to one proposal for Track 2 of this program (no limit for Track 1 or Planning Grants), letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 1, 2010. Letters of intent are limited to three pages and should include 1) a brief description of the proposed project goals and objectives, 2) characteristics of the target audience(s), including demographics and academic level, 3) how the objectives will be accomplished, 4) the evaluation plan, and 5) names of three MU personnel who could serve as internal reviewers for letters of intent under this program.


Track 1: Up to $200,000 (total 3-year award) with the average award size expected to be $125,000-$150,000.
Track 2: Up to $2 million (total 5-year award) with the average award size expected to be $1 million.
Planning Grants: Up to $40,000 for up to 12 months.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

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

External Deadlines:

Track 1 and Track 2
Required letters of intent due October 1, 2010
Full proposals due November 10, 2010

Planning Grants
Full proposals due October 5, 2011


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