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Deadline: June 4, 2024

National Science Foundation: Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Enriching Learning, Programs, and Student Experiences

Description: Enriching Learning, Programs, and Student Experience HSI:ELPSE solicitation is a part of the larger Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic Serving Institutions program at NSF. The HSI program anticipates releasing a separate solicitation in Summer 2024 that will off er additional opportunities aligned with the program goals. HSI:ELPSE and this forthcoming solicitation will replace (Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions).

The HSI:ELPSE program is focused on studying and improving the student experience in the following settings:

  • STEM courses, particularly for students pursuing STEM degrees;
  • Certificate, minor, and/or degree programs;
  • Academic departments or divisions; and
  • Schools and colleges that represent a part of the entire institution (e.g., a School of Engineering or a College of Natural Sciences).

This solicitation includes the following tracks:

1. Implementation and Evaluation Projects (IEP): The track welcomes projects looking to implement, adapt, or study promising practices and also invites theoretically grounded, methodologically rigorous research projects on undergraduate experiences in STEM at HSIs. IEP projects include activities that are anticipated to support research and efforts to improve the HSI undergraduate experience for STEM majors and for non-majors enrolled in STEM courses. There are two funding levels (Level 1 and 2) that determine the maximum budget, timeline, and scope for the proposed projects. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following types of activities:

  • redesigning STEM courses, degree programs, student support systems, or practices;
  • developing new STEM courses, certificates, minors and degree programs;
  • enacting professional development for faculty, staff , and administrators to implement student-centered pedagogy, advising, leadership or other practices;
  • conducting research studies to better understand aspects of undergraduates’ STEM experiences in the focal areas of the HSI:ELPSE solicitation (courses, programs, departments, and schools/colleges);
  • developing institutions’ understanding of their students, practices, and HSI designation, particularly institutions that have been recently classified as HSIs; and
  • building out the data infrastructure and methodologies that would allow an institution to collect and conduct thorough analyses of student data.

2. Educational Instrumentation (EI): The goal of the Educational Instrumentation (EI) Track is to increase access to the computing resources and/or laboratory instrumentation needed to provide high quality undergraduate education in STEM. The EI track welcomes proposals centered on instrumentation to improve educational experiences and outcomes in any STEM discipline represented across NSF’s Directorates and Divisions. All proposals to the EI track should be to support instrumentation and/or computing resources used primarily for undergraduate STEM courses.

Examples include:

  • Instrumentation to be used by majors and non-majors engaged in traditional laboratory instruction, course-based undergraduate research experiences, or other activities occurring within one or more STEM courses at the proposing institution.
  • Hardware to be used in computer laboratories specifically dedicated to students in one or more STEM degree programs. The requested equipment should support specific courses but might also be used by majors engaged in undergraduate research, internships, cooperative learning or other experiential opportunities.

Additional Opportunities: The HSI:ELPSE solicitation welcomes planning proposals at any time for Planning Proposals and Workshops and Conferences. Planning Proposals should aim to develop, organize, and/or strengthen data, human, and educational resources. Planning proposals can focus on the development of a future submission to the IEP track or can be centered on institutional efforts to better serve their undergraduate STEM students. Examples of planning proposals include, but are not limited to the following:

  •  identifying or developing models, frameworks, research or evaluation designs central to the development of a strong future submission to the HSI:ELPSE solicitation;
  • developing or revising strategic plans for STEM education that leverage student-centered frameworks and practices;
  • strengthening collaborations among faculty, administration, and staff in STEM departments, divisions, schools, or colleges;
  • strengthening collaborations among institutions of higher education, including two-year colleges and rural institutions;
  • establishing partnerships with industry and/or community organizations;
  • piloting systems and approaches to collect, organize, and analyze student data; offering leadership training, substantial retreats, or other mechanisms allowing administrators or one or more units within the institution to explore student-centered practices.

Amount: $19,000,000 is available to make 22 to 33 awards, as follows:

  • 7 – 9 Educational Instrumentation awards with an average size of $200,000 for a period of up to two years
  • 10 – 14 IEP Level 1 awards with an average size of $500,000 for a period of up to three years
  • 6 – 10 IEP Level 2 awards with an average size of $1,000,000 for a period of up to five years

Eligibility: To be eligible for funding in the IEP Track, an institution must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Offer Undergraduate STEM educational programs that result in certificates or degrees.
  3. Satisfy the definition of an HSI as specified in section 502 of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
  4. Be designated as an HSI by the U.S. Department of Education (https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/idues/eligibility.html#tips) at the time of submission.

To be eligible for funding in the Educational Instrumentation Track, the institution must meet the three criteria listed above at the time of submission and:

  1. Be an eligible Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI). Eligible PUIs are accredited colleges and universities (including two-year community colleges) that award Associates degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, and/or Master’s degrees in NSF-supported fi elds, but have awarded 20 or fewer Ph.D./D.Sc. degrees in all NSF-supported fields during the combined previous two academic years; or
  2. Be located in an EPSCoR jurisdiction (https://new.nsf.gov/funding/initiatives/epscor/state-websites) at the time of submission.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/search-results-detail/352562

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