Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NSF ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

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University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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Limited Submission Announcement

The goal of the NSF ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. Creative strategies to realize this goal are sought from women and men. In 2009-2010, this program will support the following types of ADVANCE Projects.

Institutional Transformation (IT)
Institutional Transformation awards are expected to include innovative systemic organizational approaches to transform institutions of higher education in ways that will increase the participation and advancement of women in STEM academic careers. These awards support comprehensive programs for institution-wide change. IT projects must include a research component designed to study the effectiveness of the proposed innovations in order to contribute to the knowledge base informing academic institutional transformation.

Institutional Transformation Catalyst (IT-Catalyst)
IT-Catalyst replaces the IT-Start planning grant component (in NSF 07-582). IT-Catalyst awards are designed to support institutional self-assessment activities, such as basic data collection and analysis and policy review, in order to identify specific issues in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women faculty in STEM academics within their institution of higher education. This type of work is fundamental for institutions that plan to undertake institutional transformation. The institution's need for external resources to undertake institutional self assessment and policy review will specifically be evaluated using an additional ADVANCE merit review criterion. The projects should benefit the institutions with or without further external funding.

Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) -- (NOT A LIMITED SUBMISSION – NSF required letter of intent is due 1/20/09)
Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination awards may focus on one institution or organization, or they may be a partnership between several institutions and/or organizations. PAID projects can focus on all STEM disciplines, several disciplines, or only one discipline, including the social and behavioral sciences. Projects may have an international, national, state, or local scope. Previous or current funding from ADVANCE is not a prerequisite for submitting a PAID proposal. PAID awards support activities such as
- adaptation and implementation of materials, tools, research, and practices that have been demonstrated to be effective in increasing the participation and advancement of women in STEM academic careers;
- dissemination and diffusion of materials, tools, research, and practices, to the appropriate audiences, that have been demonstrated to be effective in increasing the participation and advancement of women in STEM academic careers (simply making materials, tools, research, and practices available to others is not effective diffusion and dissemination; rather, an effort to teach and/or train individuals and groups how to adopt or adapt the information is expected as well); and
- scientific research designed to advance understanding of gender in the STEM academic workforce (PAID-Research).

Because MU may submit only one Institutional Transformation proposal or one IT-Catalyst proposal, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research, ltdsub@missouri.edu, no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 23, 2009. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) a listing of anticipated members of the institutional transformation leadership team; 2) an overview of the conceptual framework for the project; 3) the issues identified through analysis of institutional data; and 4) a summary of anticipated objectives, activities, and benchmarks.

Amount:

NSF expects to make approximately 8 Institutional Transformation five-year awards, at various award sizes; up to 10 IT-Catalyst awards with durations of up to two years and total budgets of approximately $200,000 each; and up to 20 PAID awards at various award sizes and lengths. Pending availability of funds, NSF anticipates having approximately $16 million available over FY 2009-FY2010 for support of the ADVANCE portfolio. Approximately $9 million will be available for the FY2009 competition and approximately $7 million for the FY2010 competition.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, January 23, 2009

Sponsor Deadlines:

Required letter of intent due August 4, 2009.
Full proposal due November 12, 2009.

URL for more information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09504/nsf09504.htm

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in health and life science disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at research.missouri.edu or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at http://research.missouri.edu/ogwp/lsa.htm.