Seeking NSF Funding Opportunities for Undergraduate Education and Research

Dr. Guy-Alain Amoussou, Program Officer
National Science Foundation


NSF supports projects to improve education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through several programs in its Education and Human Resources (EHR) directorate, the Office of Cyber Infrastructure, as well as in its research directorates, including Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). In the first part of this forum we will present a description of some education-related programs in the EHR and CISE directorates, and enables participants to interact with the presenters concerning specific project ideas that could be appropriate for the various programs. In the second part we will discuss the requirements and guidelines for the selected programs, describe the review processes and discuss strategies for writing competitive proposals. Selected Programs The programs we are planning to discuss are listed herein. Complete details about each of the following programs can be found on the NSF websites for the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) and the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE). o Advanced Technological Education (ATE) o Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) o Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES) o Federal Cyber Service: Scholarships for Service (SFS) o Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) o Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM) o Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) o CISE Pathways to Revitalized Undergraduate Computing Education (CPATH) o Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites (REU Sites) o Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) programs Writing Competitive Proposals There are simple strategies you should be aware of when writing proposals to improve your chances of success. First and foremost, read the Program Solicitation carefully. Your goal is to help reviewers quickly understand what you intend to do and that you have given sufficient thought of how you intend to do it. Organize the proposal to address the essential components described in the solicitation; in particular define your project goals, outcomes and evaluation strategies are essential. Finally, start well before the submission deadline.