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1“How to Write a Successful NSF Grant” NISTS Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)“How to Write a Successful NSF Grant”NISTSSeptember 21, 2010Eun-Woo Chang, Program Director Division of Undergraduate EducationNational Science Foundation
4National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)National Science Foundation (NSF)The National Science Foundation (NSF) Act of 1950 (Public Law ) sets for its mission:To promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense.
5Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) NSF’s Annual Budget21% of the total federal budget for basic research conducted at U.S. colleges and universities.This share increases to 61% when medical research supported by the National Institutes of Health is excluded.
9“EHR’s Mission is to promote the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, educators, and techniciansand a well informed citizenry who have access to the ideas and tools of science and engineering.”
12NSF Budget Education and Human Resources (EHR): Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)NSF BudgetEducation and Human Resources (EHR):FY 2009 (Actual) $845 MillionFY 2010 (Estimate) $873 MillionFY 2011 (Requested) $892 MillionDivision of Undergraduate Education (DUE):FY 2009 (Actual) $283 MillionFY 2010 (Estimate) $292 MillionFY 2011 (Requested) $290 Million*Note: Extra $ Million from H-1B visa fees employers pay to obtain a visa for a foreign high-tech worker to fund the S-STEM program.
13Selected Programs in DUE Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Selected Programs in DUEFY FY FY (Actual) (Estimate) (Requested)ATE $ $ $64CCLI/TUES $ $ $61STEP $ $ $30S-STEM $ /year from H1B visa feeNOYCE $115 $ $55MSP $86 $ $58*(in Million)
14PROGRAM SOLICITATION NSF 08-569 Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program(STEP)PROGRAM SOLICITATION NSF
15Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) STEP - Basic GoalsIncrease the number of students (US Citizens or permanent residents) in STEMIncrease associate’s / bachelor’s degrees- Established or emerging STEM fieldsCommunity colleges get credit for transfers to4-year STEM programsNote: Increases in a particular field must not be at the expense of other fields!
16STEP: Successful projects might provide Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)STEP: Successful projects might provideBridge programs that enable additional preparation for students from HS or community collegesPrograms to improve the quality of student learningPeer tutoring, learning communities, etc.New pedagogical approaches (mastery learning, active learning, etc.)Programs to encourage undergraduate researchStudent support mechanisms
17STEP: Outcomes expected Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)STEP: Outcomes expectedDescription of activities that will be institutionalized from the projectPlan for continuing efforts to increase number of STEM students & graduatesFormative assessment of progress towards goalsDissemination of project results to broader community
18STEP Maximum Support Levels – Enrollment based Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)STEPMaximum Support Levels – Enrollment based$500 K for 5 years for 1- 5,000 undergrads$1.0 M for 5 years for 5,001-15,000 undergrads$2.0 M for 5 years for >15,000 undergradsOne proposal per institution (can be a partner on only one proposal)STEP Budget$28-30 million expected for FY 201120-24 awards expected
19STEP: Deadlines Letter of Intent due August 17, 2010 Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)STEP: DeadlinesLetter of Intent due August 17, 2010Full Proposals due September 28, 2010
20Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Scholarships in Science,Technology, Engineering,andMathematics (S-STEM)Program Solicitation NSF
21Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) S-STEMGoal: Provides funds to institutions to provide scholarships to academically talented, but financially needy, studentsStudents can be pursuing associate, bachelor’s, or graduate degreesScholarships can be up to $10,000/yr - up to 4 yrs within the limits of students official level of need. (They can be less than $10K and less than 4 yrs)
22S-STEM: Major features of program Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)S-STEM: Major features of programMost STEM disciplines are eligible - except Social & Behavioral sciencesGrant size: max $600,000 (up to 5% of the scholarship request can be spent for administrative costs and up to 10% for student support services)One proposal per constituent school or college that awards STEM degrees (e.g., school of engineering, college of arts & sciences)Estimated $50 to $70 million available in FY 2011
23S-STEM: Special program features Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)S-STEM: Special program featuresPI must be member of STEM facultyScholarships to “natural” cohorts of studentsS-STEM students are full-time & are US Citizens, Residents, Nationals, or refugeesInstitution must provide some student support structuresOptional enhancements: research opportunities, tutoring, internships, etc.
24S-STEM: Deadlines Optional Letter of Intent Deadline Date: Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)S-STEM: DeadlinesOptional Letter of Intent Deadline Date: July 13, 2011(for the August 11, 2011 competition)Proposal Deadline: August 11, 2011
25Advanced Technological Education PROGRAM SOLICITATION NSF 10-539 Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Advanced Technological Education(ATE)PROGRAM SOLICITATION NSF
26Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) Goal: Educate technicians for the high-tech fields that drive our nation’s economySample activities:- Curriculum development- Faculty professional development- Building career pathways
27Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) ATE is in its 16th year of funding community colleges, having started with the Science and Advanced Technology Act of 1992 (SATA).FY2010Preliminary Proposals April 22, 2010Formal Proposals October 21, 2010
28ATE Institution Requirements Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)ATE Institution RequirementsFocus is on two-year collegesAll proposals are expected to include one or more two-year colleges in leadership rolesA consortium of institutions may also apply
29ATE Tracks Projects - Small Grant ATE Centers Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)ATE TracksProjects- Small GrantATE Centers- National Centers of Excellence- Regional Centers of Excellence- Resource CentersTargeted research on technician education
30Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) Small grantsFocus on community colleges that have little or no previous ATE grant experienceDesigned to stimulate implementation, adaptation, and innovation in technological education
31Typical ATE award sizes Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Typical ATE award sizesProject Grants: Up to $300K/year for 3 years (45)Small Grants: Up to $200K (15)National Centers: $5M for 4 years (2)Regional Centers: $3M for 3 years (3)Planning Grants for Centers: $70KResource Centers: $1.6M for 4 years (4)Targeted Research: Up to $300K for 4 years (5-8)
32Number of Awards per State in ATE’s 15 Year History Total number of Awards (865) 930WASHINGTON6MAINE3MONTANA5NORTH DAKOTA18MINNESOTA2VT.7N.H.25OREGON19WISCONSIN62MA.2IDAHO4SOUTH DAKOTA47NEW YORK2WYOMING16MICHIGAN14 CT.16PENNSYLVANIA1 R.I.23IOWA16 N.J.7NEBRASKA3NEVADA42OHIO2 DEL.28ILLINOIS8INDIANA2UTAH15COLORADO2W.V.26 MD.22VIRGINIA6MISSOURI3KANSAS20 D.C.18KENTUCKY99CALIFORNIA18NORTH CAROLINA18TENNESSEE7OKLAHOMA21ARIZONA4ARKANSAS22S.C.16NEW MEXICO9GEORGIA12MISS.15ALABAMA53TEXAS3LOUISIANA3ALASKA32FLA.3 PUERTO RICOHAWAII
33ATE Centers of Excellence (36) National CenterRegional CenterResource Center
3596-06 2007 2008 Foci of ATE Awards FY Biotechnology 47 5 8 Chemical Technology/Pulp & Paper/Environmental5831Multidisciplinary/Institution Reform4342Electronics/Microelectronics/Nanotech/Mechatronics/Lasers237Other Engineering Technology7510Geospatial (GIS/GPS/Surveying)28Manufacturing92Math/Physics/Computational Science/Core40Computer/Information Systems/Cybersecurity/Telecommunications139Marine/Agriculture/Aquaculture/Natural Resources/Viticulture20Teacher Preparation34MultimediaEnergy Technology69Research/EvaluationRecruitment/RetentionTotals6145469Foci of ATE Awards
36Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES) Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) Program Solicitation NSF
37Excellent STEM education for all undergraduate students Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)TUESVisionExcellent STEM education for all undergraduate studentsGoalStimulate, disseminate, and institutionalize innovative developments in STEM education through the production of knowledge and the improvement of practice.* Our broadest, most innovative program
38TUES: Over time, we have increased our emphasis on Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)TUES: Over time, we have increased our emphasis onBuilding on and contributing to the literature on effective STEM educationBuilding a community of scholars in STEM education reformIdentifying project-specific measurable outcomes*Project management and evaluation
39TUES: Project Types Type 1 $200,000 duration: 2 to 3 years Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)TUES: Project TypesType 1$200,000 duration: 2 to 3 years(+ $50,000 with community college partner)Type 2$600, duration: 2 to 4 yearsType 3up to $5,000, duration: 3 to 5 yrsCentral Resource Projectsup to $3,000,000 duration: negotiable
40TUES: Choice of Type Reflects Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)TUES: Choice of Type ReflectsScale of the ProjectNumber of institutions, students and facultyMaturity of the Project (Stage)Type 1 may lead to Type 2, etc.But prior CCLI/TUES funding is not requiredScope of the ProjectDefined by the number of components, based on our view of the nature of educational innovation
41TUES must focus on one or more of the following project components. Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)TUES must focus on one or more of the following project components.Creating Learning Materials and StrategiesImplementing New Instructional StrategiesDeveloping Faculty ExpertiseAssessing and Evaluating Student AchievementConducting Research on Undergraduate STEM Education
42TUES: For Example, Type 1 reflects Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)TUES: For Example, Type 1 reflectsScope and Scale:One or two program componentsLimited number of students & faculty at one or more institutionsExpected Results:Contribute to understanding of effective STEM education, typically by exploring new ideasCan serve as basis for Type 2 projectTransforms a lecture or laboratory course, a curriculum, or a department
43TUES: Types of projects Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)TUES: Types of projects– that transform a course, a curriculum or a department.Integrate new instrumentation or equipment into undergraduate laboratories or field workDevelop materials or add instrumentation that use a new instructional approach embodying current understanding of how students learnDevelop a tool to assess students’ knowledge or learning gainsProvide courses needed for efficient, seamless transfer from 2-yr to 4-yr colleges in partnership with other institutionsExplore or pilot-test internet-based approaches for faculty professional development
44TUES: Deadlines Deadline For Type 1 - May 26 & 27, 2011 Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)TUES: DeadlinesDeadline For Type 1- May 26 & 27, 2011(check website for days)Deadline For Type 2/3 and Central Resource Projects - January 14, 2011
45Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship ProgramPROGRAM SOLICITATION NSF NSF
46NOYCE: Program tracks Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Track Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)NOYCE: Program tracksRobert Noyce Teacher Scholarship TrackScholarships for undergraduate STEM majors preparing to become K-12 TeachersInternships for freshmen and sophomoresStipends for STEM professionals seeking to become K-12 teachersNSF Teaching Fellowships & Master Teaching Fellowships (TF/MTF) TrackFellowships for STEM professionals receiving teacher certification through a master’s degree programFellowships for science and math teachers preparing to become Master Teachers
47NOYCE: Scholarship Track Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)NOYCE: Scholarship TrackAt least $10K per student per year (but not to exceed the cost of education)Max period: 2-3 years for UGs; 1 year for Post-bacc studentsPhase 1 awards: up to $1.2M up to 5 years. (additional $250K possible for collaborating with a community college)Grants may ask up to 20% for program support costsNoyce scholars must serve 2 years in high-need school for each 1 year of support. Noyce scholars have up to 6 years to complete this obligation.
48NOYCE: TF/MTF Track support features Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)NOYCE: TF/MTF Track support features- Teaching Fellows receive at least $10K (not to exceed cost of attendance) while enrolled in Master’s program- While teaching in a high-need school district the TF and MTF recipients receive an annual $10K salary supplement (4 years for TF and 5 years for MTF)- Grants may ask up to 20% for program costs- TF/MTF projects may request up to $3M for 5 to 6 years. (additional $250K possible for collaborating with a community college)
49Due Date Letters of Intent (optional): March ?, 2011 Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Due DateLetters of Intent (optional): March ?, 2011Full Proposal Deadline: April ?, 2011
50Information about funded proposals Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Information about funded proposals1. Go to the DUE Home website on NSF2. Find the Program of interest to you3. Go to the bottom of that page and click on“Abstracts of Recent Awards Made Through This Program”4. Write to the PI requesting a copy of her/his proposal.* An example follows for the Noyce Program
57“How to Write a Successful NSF Grant” (Part II) NISTS Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)“How to Write a Successful NSF Grant” (Part II)NISTSSeptember 21, 2010Eun-Woo Chang, Program Director Division of Undergraduate EducationNational Science Foundation
58The Life Cycle of an NSF Proposal DGANotificationReturn Without ReviewAward ?MailPanelBothProposal ReviewPI hasan idea!Award/Decline?Proposal Receiptat NSFNSFAdmin.ReviewDDConcurDecline ?NotificationProposal PreparationProcessing and NotificationProposal Review and Recommendation90 Days6 Months30 Days
59The Life Cycle of an NSF Proposal Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA)Target = Process 70% of proposals within 6 months of receipt at NSFProposal PreparationProcessing and NotificationProposal Review and Recommendation90 Days6 Months30 Days
60Return Without Review The Proposal: Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Return Without ReviewThe Proposal:Does not address Intellectual Merits and Broader Impacts within the Project SummaryHas a budget line for a postdoctoral research associate but does not have a one page postdoctoral mentoring plan uploaded in the supporting information sectionDoes not meet an announced proposal deadline
61Review Processes Program directors Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Review ProcessesProgram directors- Sort by disciplines/college types/emphasis- Send to group of reviewersReviewers- Rate each proposal (E, V, G, F, and P)- Submit written reviews- Describe the strengths and weaknesses in terms of the intellectual merit and broader impacts criteria
62Review Processes Review panel - Meets and discusses proposal Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Review ProcessesReview panel- Meets and discusses proposal- Writes a summary of the discussion- Highlight strengths and weaknesses- Referred to as the Panel Summary
63The Proposal: Criteria for Evaluation Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)The Proposal: Criteria for Evaluation- Peer Reviewed- Criteria for Evaluation- What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?- What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?
64Intellectual Merit Addresses a major challenge Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Intellectual MeritAddresses a major challengeSupported by capable faculty and othersImproved student learningRationale and vision clearly articulatedInformed by other projectsEffective evaluation and disseminationAdequate facilities, resources, and commitmentInstitutional and departmental commitment
65Broader Impacts Integrated into the institution’s academic programs Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Broader ImpactsIntegrated into the institution’s academic programsContributes to knowledge base and useful to other institutionsWidely used products which can be disseminated through commercial and other channelsImproved content and pedagogy for faculty and teachersIncreased participation by women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilitiesEnsures high quality STEM education for people pursuing careers in STEM fields or as teachers or technicians
66WHAT MAKES A GOOD PROJECT? Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)WHAT MAKES A GOOD PROJECT?- REALISTIC- WORTHWHILE- WELL-PLANNED- INNOVATIVE
67Turning a Good Idea into a Competitive Proposal Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Turning a Good Idea intoa Competitive Proposal
68Scenario: Origin of a TUES Proposal Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Scenario: Origin of a TUES ProposalProfessor X has taught general chemistry at UNT for several semesters.She has an idea for greatly improving the course by adding “new stuff”- “New stuff”- Material (e. g., modules, web-based instruction)- Activities (e. g., laboratories, projects)Pedagogy (e. g., problem based learning)She has done some preliminary evaluationShe decides to prepare a CCLI proposal(Q) What should be stated in the proposal?
69Scenario: Professor X’s Initial Proposal Outline Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Scenario: Professor X’s Initial Proposal Outline1. Goals: Develop “new stuff” to enhance student learning at UNT2. Rationale: Observed shortcomings in educational experience of the students at UNT and felt that new stuff would improve the situation3. Project Description: Details of “new stuff“4. Evaluation: Use UNT’s course evaluation forms to show difference5. Dissemination: Describe “new stuff“ using conference papers, journal articles, and web site
70Definition of Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Definition of Goals, Objectives, and OutcomesGoal: Broad, overarching statement of intention or ambitionA goal typically leads to several objectivesObjective: Specific statement of intention- More focused and specific than goalA objective may lead to one or more outcomesOutcome: Statement of expected result- Measurable with criteria for success*NOTE: No consistent definition of these terms
71PD’s Response to Proposal Strategies Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)PD’s Response to Proposal StrategiesRead the program solicitationDetermine how your ideas match the solicitation and how you can improve the matchArticulate goals, objectives, and outcomesOutcomes should include improved student learningBuild on existing knowledge baseReview the literaturePresent evidence that the “new stuff” is doable; will enhance learning; is the best approachExplore potential, meaningful collaborations
72PD’s Response to Proposal Strategies Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)PD’s Response to Proposal StrategiesUse data to document existing shortcomings in student learningDescribe management planProvide tasks, team responsibilities, timelineProvide clear examples of the approachIntegrate the evaluation effort earlyBuild assessment tools around defined objectives and expected outcomesConnect with independent evaluation experts
73PD’s Response to Proposal Strategies Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)PD’s Response to Proposal StrategiesIdentify strategies for disseminationDefine a plan to contribute to knowledge baseAddress broader impactsCollaborate, form partnerships (build community)
74Write Proposal to Answer Reviewers’ Questions Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Write Proposal to Answer Reviewers’ QuestionsWhat are you trying to accomplish?What will be the outcomes?Why do you believe that you have a good idea?Why is the problem important?Why is your approach promising?How will you manage the project to ensure success?How will you know if you succeed?How will others find out about your work?How will you interest them?How will you excite them?} Goals etc.}Rationale}Evaluation}Dissemination
75Strengths & Weaknesses Identified Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Strengths & Weaknesses Identifiedby ReviewersPretend you analyzed a stack of panel summaries to identify the most commonly cited strengths and weaknessesList what you think will be- The four most frequently cited strengths- The four most frequently cited weaknesses
76Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) Most Common Strengths
77Most Common Weaknesses Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)Most Common Weaknesses
78“How to Write a Successful NSF Grant” NISTS Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)“How to Write a Successful NSF Grant”NISTSSeptember 21, 2010Eun-Woo Chang, Program Director Division of Undergraduate EducationNational Science Foundation