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National Science Foundation: Advancing Informal STEM Learning

Deadline: November 6, 2019

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.

The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or MetaAnalyses, and (6) Conferences.

Amount: Approximately $33,000,000-$44,000,000 is available to make 60-85 awards, as follows: 15-20 Pilots and Feasibility Studies awards, 8-10 Research in Service To Practice awards, 10-15 Innovations in Development awards, 4-6 Broad Implementation awards, 8-10 Literature Reviews, Syntheses, and/or Meta-analyses awards, and 12-18 Conference awards.

Funding limits are as follows:

  • Pilots and Feasibility projects: Up to $300,000 with durations up to two years
  • Research in Service to Practice projects: $300,000-$2,000,000 with durations from two to five years
  • Innovations in Development projects: $500,000-$3,000,000 with durations from two to five years
  • Broad Implementation projects: $1,000,000-$3,000,000 with durations from three to five years
  • Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-analyses projects: Up to $250,000 with durations of up to two years
  • Conferences: Up to $250,000 with durations of up to two years

Eligibility: Institutions of Higher Education; non-profit, non-academic organizations; for-profit organizations; state and local governments; unaffiliated individuals; foreign organizations; and other federal agencies.

Link: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf17573

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