Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program

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 National Science Foundation (NSF) 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. NSF's MSP program coordinates its effort with the Mathematics and Science Partnerships program of the US Department of Education with the expectation that effective innovations in mathematics and science education will be disseminated into wider practice. The two programs are significant components of the America COMPETES Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-69).

Through this solicitation, NSF seeks to support five types of MSP awards:

1. Targeted Partnerships focus on studying and solving teaching and learning 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 focus on meeting national needs for teacher leaders/master teachers who have deep knowledge of disciplinary content for teaching and are fully prepared to be school- or district-based intellectual leaders in mathematics or the sciences.

3. MSP-Start Partnerships are for 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 the potential for significant positive impact is clearly documented. The intent is that focused efforts carry out the necessary research to advance knowledge and understanding in the specific area(s).

5. Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (RETA) projects directly support the work of the Partnerships by conducting methodologically rigorous studies of the impacts of MSP activities on student or teacher learning. Longitudinal and cross-site studies are particularly encouraged as are those that test innovative methodologies. **THERE IS NO LIMIT ON NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM.**

Because MU is limited to one application per Partnership category (except for RETA projects), letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 9, 2009. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages, should specify the program to which the application would be submitted, and should briefly summarize the plan to address each of the five key programmatic features required by NSF: 1) Partnership-Driven; 2) Teacher Quality, Quantity and Diversity; 3) Challenging Courses and Curricula; 4) Evidence-Based Design and Outcomes; and 5) Institutional Change and Sustainability.


A total of $35 million for the MSP Program, pending availability of funds.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, January 9, 2009

Sponsor Deadlines:

February 17, 2009 for Institute Partnerships, MSP-Start Partnerships, Phase II Partnerships, RETA Projects
August 20, 2009, for Targeted Partnerships

URL for more information:

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.

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