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The National Science Foundation's 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. MSP projects contribute to the knowledge base for mathematics and science education and serve as models that have a sufficiently strong evidence base to be replicated in educational practice.

In this solicitation, NSF seeks to support six types of awards:

  1. Targeted Partnerships focus on 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 are designed to meet national needs for teacher leaders/master teachers who have deep knowledge of disciplinary content and are school- or district-based intellectual leaders in mathematics and science.
  3. MSP-Start Partnerships support 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 significant positive impact is clearly documented and where an investment of additional resources and time would produce more robust findings and results.
  5. Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (RETA) projects directly support the work of the Partnerships, especially by developing tools to assess teachers' growth in the knowledge of mathematics or the sciences needed for teaching, conducting longitudinal studies of teachers and their students who participate in the MSP projects, or engaging the national disciplinary and professional societies in MSP work.
  6. Innovation through Institutional Integration (I3) projects enable institutions to think and act strategically about the creative integration of NSF-funded awards, with particular emphasis on awards managed through programs in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), but not limited to those awards. For Fiscal Year 2008, proposals are being solicited in six EHR programs that advance I3 goals: CREST, ITEST, MSP, Noyce, RDE, and TCUP.

MU may be the lead partner in only one proposal among the Targeted, Institute, MSP-Start or Phase II categories. There are no limits on the number of RETA proposals submitted by an organization. MU may submit only one proposal to the I3 competition in only one program either CREST, ITEST, MSP, Noyce, RDE, or TCUP). Because MU is limited in the number of applications for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2008. Letters of intent should be limited to four pages and should include 1) the program for which the application is intended; 2) whether or not MU would be the lead institution; 3) respective responsibilities of science/math faculty, education faculty, and K-12 partners; 4) anticipated project activities to enhance and sustain the quality, quantity and diversity of K-12 teachers of mathematics and/or the sciences; 5) plans for development of challenging courses and curricula; 6) evidence base to be used for project design and assessment; and 7) plans for sustainability within the partner organizations.



$40 million for MSP projects in FY 2008 pending availability of funds. $10 million over 5 years for Innovation through Institutional Integration projects, which are being requested across multiple EHR programs, pending availability of funds.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2008

Sponsor Deadlines:

Letter of Intent: February 18, 2008 (Optional, but strongly encouraged - Targeted Partnerships, Institute Partnerships, MSP-Start Partnerships, Phase II Partnerships, and RETA Projects)

Full Proposals: March 25, 2008 for Targeted Partnerships, Institute Partnerships, MSP-Start Partnerships, Phase II Partnerships, RETA Projects; April 10, 2008 for Innovation through Institutional Integration

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in life science, physical science, engineering, and education disciplines. Please forward it to faculty members who may qualify.

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