National Science Foundation: Racial Equity in STEM EducationDeadline: October 12, 2021
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to support bold, ground-breaking, and potentially transformative projects addressing systemic racism in STEM. Proposals should advance racial equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development through research and practice. Core to this funding opportunity is that proposals are led by, or developed and led in authentic partnership with, individuals and communities most impacted by the inequities caused by systemic racism.
The voices, knowledge, and experiences of those who have been impacted by enduring racial inequities should be at the center of these proposals, including: project leadership and research positions, conceptualization of the proposal, decision-making processes, and the interpretation and dissemination of evidence and research results. The proposed work should provide positive outcomes for the individuals and communities engaged and should recognize peoples’ humanity, experiences, and resilience. Proposals need to consider systemic barriers to opportunities and benefits, and how these barriers impact access to, retention in, and success in STEM education, research, and workforce development. Competitive proposals will be clear with respect to how the work advances racial equity and addresses systemic racism, as these constructs may have different meanings in different settings.
Proposals should articulate a rigorous plan to generate knowledge through research (both fundamental and applied) and practice, including, but not limited to:
- building theory;
- developing methods;
- testing approaches and interventions;
- assessing the potential, efficacy, effectiveness, and scalability of approaches and interventions;
- establishing, cultivating and assessing authentic partnerships;
- changing institutional, organizational, and structural practices and policies; and/or
- focusing on affective, behavioral, cultural, social components, and implications.
Projects funded by this program will:
- advance the science and promotion of racial equity in STEM,
- substantively contribute to removing systemic barriers that impact STEM education, the STEM workforce, and scientific advancement,
- institutionalize effective and inclusive environments for STEM learning, STEM research, and STEM professionals,
- diversify the project leadership, institutions, ideas, and approaches that NSF funds, and
- expand the array of epistemologies, perspectives, and experiences in STEM.
Subject areas may include all science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and all other domains currently supported by NSF as they relate to STEM Education.
In addition, proposals should include a dissemination plan to proactively share what is learned with individuals and communities most impacted, as well as relevant leaders, policy makers, and other stakeholders.
Eligibility: Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs); Non-profit, Non-academic Organizations; For-profit Organizations; State and Local Governments; Unaffiliated Individuals; Foreign organizations; and other Federal Agencies may apply. See NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg20_1/index.jsp) for definitions.
Project contexts may include, but are not limited to: preK-12, two- and four-year undergraduate, and graduate institutions; municipal organizations; STEM workplaces; and informal STEM contexts, such as museums, community organizations, and media.