Presentation on theme: "National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program"— Presentation transcript:
1 National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Proposal Writing WebinarJanuary 2014
2 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Initiated by Act of Congress in 2002Reauthorized in 2007 (America COMPETES Act) and in 2010 under America COMPETES Reauthorization of Act of 2010To encourage talented mathematics, science, and engineering undergraduates to pursue teaching careersTo encourage STEM professionals to become teachersTo prepare Master Teachers
3 2014 Noyce Scholarship Program (NSF 14-508) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship TrackScholarships for undergraduate STEM majors preparing to become K12 TeachersInternships for freshmen and sophomoresStipends for STEM professionals seeking to become K12 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
4 2014 Noyce Scholarship Program (NSF 14-508) Capacity Building TrackTo establish the infrastructure and partnerships for implementing a future Noyce Teacher Scholarship or NSF Teaching Fellowship (TF/MTF) project:Development of new teacher preparation programs for STEM majors and STEM professionalsDevelopment of new programs for developing Master STEM TeachersTo synthesize and disseminate effective practices developed by the Noyce community
5 Noyce Scholarship Program Eligibility Proposals may only be submitted by:U.S. Universities & 2- or 4-year colleges (including community colleges)Nonprofit entities that have established consortia among such IHEsPrincipal Investigators:The PI, or at least one Co-PI, must be a faculty member in a STEM department.
6 Noyce Scholarship Program: Scholarship Track To recruit undergraduate STEM majors and STEM career changers who might otherwise not have considered a career in K-12 teaching:Summer internships for freshmen and sophomores to interest students in STEM teachingUndergraduate Scholarships of at least $10,000 per year for up to three years beginning in junior yearUndergraduate students graduate with a degree in a STEM discipline and teacher certification and/or licensing.One-year stipends of at least $10,000 for STEM professionals (career-changers) and post-baccalaureate students to obtain teacher certification
7 Noyce Scholarship Program: Scholarship Track Scholarship and stipend capped by cost of attendanceRecipients commit to teaching in a high need school district for 2 years for each year of scholarship/stipend support.Recipients failing to meet service requirement must repay scholarship
8 Noyce Scholarship Program: Scholarship Track Phase I: New awardees or new project with different focusPhase II: For previously funded awardees -Scholarships & Stipends: To expand and extend evaluation efforts begun under previous award and support additional cohorts of scholarship and stipend recipientsMonitoring and evaluation: To expand and extend evaluation efforts of previous project without support for additional cohorts.
9 Noyce Scholarship Program Projects include:STEM faculty collaborating with Education facultyStrong partnership with school districtRecruitment and selection strategiesExemplary teacher preparation programs leading to certification and/or professional development programs for Master Teaching Fellows)Support for new teachersMechanism for monitoring recipientsInstitutional supportEvaluation
10 Noyce Scholarship Program: Scholarship Track Phase I:Scholarships, Stipends, InternshipsAward size up to $1,200,000Additional $250,000 for collaboration with two-year collegesDuration up to 5 yearsAdministrative/programmatic costs may not exceed 25% of total direct costs75% of total direct costs must directly support participantsMust use fully negotiated rate for indirect costsNo cost sharing
11 Noyce Scholarship Program: Scholarship Track Phase II:Scholarships and Stipends plus longitudinal evaluation studies of previously supported cohorts of studentsAward size up to $800,000; up to 5 yrs.Up to 25% of direct costs for admin./programmatic costs)75% of direct costs for direct support to participantsNo cost sharingMonitoring and EvaluationAward size up to $300,000; up to 3 yrs.
12 NSF Teaching Fellowships & Master Teaching Fellowships Track (TF/MTF) STEM professionals enroll in a master’s degree program leading to teacher certification or licensingReceive one-year stipend of at least $10,000 while enrolled in the Master’s degree programSelection of Fellows based on professional achievement, academic merit, and demonstration of advanced content knowledge in STEMCommit to teach for 4 years in a high need school districtReceive annual salary supplement of at least $10,000 while fulfilling four-year teaching commitment
13 NSF Teaching Fellowships & Master Teaching Fellowships Track (TF/MTF) NSF Master Teaching Fellows:Fellowships for math and science teachers preparing to become Master TeachersSelection of Fellows based on professional achievement, academic merit, demonstration of advanced content knowledge in STEM, demonstrated success in improving student achievementMust have Master’s degreeCommit to teach for 5 years in a high need school districtReceive annual salary supplement of at least $10,000 for 5 years plus professional development while fulfilling the teaching commitment
14 TF/MTF Proposals Must Include: A department within an IHE that provides an advanced program of study in math and science,A department or entity within an IHE that provides teacher preparation or a 2-year institution that offers a teacher preparation program or a dual enrollment or an articulation agreement with an IHE that credentials teachers,At least one high need school district and public school(s) within this district, andAt least one nonprofit organization with the capacity and expertise to support the goals of the project.
15 NSF Teaching Fellowships & Master Teaching Fellowships Track (TF/MTF) Phase I: new awardees or new projects with different focusPhase II: For previously funded awardees:Fellowships: To expand and extend evaluation efforts begun under previous award and support additional cohorts of FellowsMonitoring and evaluation: To expand and extend evaluation efforts of previous project without support for additional cohorts.)
16 NSF Teaching Fellowships & Master Teaching Fellowships Track (TF/MTF) Award size up to $3 million over 5-6 yearsAdditional $250,000 for collaboration with two-year collegesMatching funds required:30% of total budget for request less than $1.5 million, excluding two-year college incentive50% of total budget if request is $1.5 million or more, excluding two-year college incentiveAt least 50% of cost share must be cashAt least 75% of total direct costs must be for direct support to participants (stipends, salary supplements, professional development)
17 NSF Teaching Fellowships & Master Teaching Fellowships Track Phase II Award size up to $1.8 million up to 5 yearsAt least 75% of total direct costs must be for direct support to participants (stipends, salary supplements, professional development)Matching funds required:30% of total budget for request less than $1.5 million, excluding two-year college incentive50% of total budget if request is $1.5 million or more, excluding two-year college incentiveAt least 50% of cost share must be cashMonitoring and Evaluation:Award size up to $300,000 up to 3 yearsNo cost sharingDuplicate of 16?
18 Noyce Scholarship Program: Capacity Building Track Award size up to $300,000; up to 2 yrs.May include an additional $50,000 over 2 years for collaborations between two-year and four-year institutions.No restriction on budget allocation (within standard NSF policies)No cost sharing
20 Preparing the Proposal Consult the Program Solicitation (NSF )Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 14-1)
21 Project Summary Three text boxes: Overview Statement on Intellectual MeritStatement on Broader ImpactsProposals with special characters may upload Project Summary as a PDF documentText boxes must be filled out or a project summary must be uploaded or FastLane will not accept the proposal.
22 Project Description: Phase I Scholarship Track Results from relevant prior NSF support (address intellectual merit and broader impact)Discuss the Broader Impacts of the proposed activitiesDescribe:proposed scholarship or stipend programteacher preparation programrecruitment and marketing activitiesselection processmanagement & administrative structure for administering scholarship or stipend programplans to monitor & enforce compliance with the required teaching commitment
23 Project Description: Phase I Scholarship Track Provide evidence of:infrastructure to support new teachers,collaboration between STEM & education faculty,a functioning partnership between the IHE(s) & school districts,a commitment to making the program a central institutional focusInclude an objective evaluation plan
24 Project Description: Phase II S&S Similar to Phase I, with addition of:Results from prior Noyce scholarship grantDiscussion of how new project builds on & expands activities established under prior supportPlans to sustain activities after end of Phase II fundingProvide evidence ofhow the institution has made the program a central institutional focusimpact of Noyce scholarship program on STEM departmentsDetails of plan to expand & extend evaluation activitiesMSP Fall 2003
25 AAAS Noyce Workshops 2010 - Breakout Session on Track 1 (Scholarships) NSF Review CriteriaNSF Merit Review Criteria:Intellectual Merit: Encompasses the potential to advance knowledgeBroader Impacts: Encompasses the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomesAdditional Noyce Program specific review criteria, dependent on proposal type
26 Review Criteria: Phase I Scholarship Proposals AAAS Noyce Workshops Breakout Session on Track 1 (Scholarships)Review Criteria: Phase I Scholarship ProposalsCapacity and ability of institution to effectively conduct the programNumber and quality of students that will be served by the programJustification for number of students and amount of stipend & scholarship supportAbility of the program to recruit STEM majors who would not otherwise pursue a teaching careerQuality and feasibility of recruitment & marketing strategiesQuality of the preservice educational program
27 Review Criteria: Phase I Scholarship Proposals AAAS Noyce Workshops Breakout Session on Track 1 (Scholarships)Review Criteria: Phase I Scholarship ProposalsExtent to which STEM & education faculty are collaborating in developing & implementing the programQuality of the preservice student support and new teacher support infrastructureExtent to which the proposed strategies reflect effective practices based on researchDegree to which the proposed programming will enable scholarship or stipend recipients to become successful mathematics & science teachersFeasibility & completeness of an evaluation plan that will measure the effectiveness of the proposed strategiesInstitutional support for the program and the extent to which the institution is committed to making the program a central organizational focusDissemination plans
28 Review Criteria: Phase II S&S Evidence that previously funded project was consistent with the Phase I criteriaEvidence of institution and school district support for continuing the projectDemonstrated success of the previously funded project in terms of recruitment of STEM majors and/or STEM professionals into K-12 teaching & preparation to become effective teachersEvidence that the project has recruited STEM majors who would not otherwise pursue a career in teachingEvidence that a high quality new teacher structure is in placeMSP Fall 2003
29 Review Criteria: Phase II S&S Plans for advancing the work beyond the original projectPlans for conducting a longitudinal evaluation study of previous cohorts of Noyce Scholarship and/or stipend recipients as well as evaluation and monitoring of new cohorts to address teacher and student outcomeEvaluation plans that build on & strengthen the previous evaluation effortPlans for disseminating results of the evaluation studiesPlans for sustainabilityMSP Fall 2003
30 Review Criteria: Phase II M&E Evidence that the previously funded project was consistent with the Phase I criteriaPlans for conducting a longitudinal evaluation study of previous cohorts of Noyce Scholarship and/or stipend recipients focusing on their effectiveness as teachers, their completion of the teaching requirement, and their retention in the teaching profession.Evaluation plans that build on and strengthen the previous evaluation effortPlans for disseminating results of the evaluation studiesMSP Fall 2003
31 Project Description: TF/MTF Proposals Results from Prior NSF Support (intellectual merit and broader impacts)Discussion of Broader Impacts of proposed activitiesDescription of proposed Fellowship program:For NSF Teaching FellowsDescription of the Master’s degree programEvidence of an infrastructure that is supportive of new teachersFor NSF Master Teaching FellowsDescription of the professional development programEvidence of an infrastructure that will support and facilitate the Fellows’ work as Master Teachers
32 Project Description: TF/MTF Proposals Describe:Recruitment activitiesSelection processManagement and administrative structureCost sharing, including source and amount; enter amount on Budget form Line M
33 Project Description: TF/MTF Proposals Describe:Plans to monitor and enforce compliance with the required teaching commitmentPlans for sustaining activities beyond NSF funding periodEvaluation planProvide evidence of:Collaboration between STEM faculty and education facultyFunctioning partnerships between IHEs, school districts, and non-profit organizationsCommitment to make the program a central institutional focus
34 Review Criteria: TF/MTF Proposals AAAS Noyce Workshops Breakout Session on Track 1 (Scholarships)Review Criteria: TF/MTF ProposalsCapacity & ability of institution to effectively conduct the programNumber & quality of Fellows that will be served by the programJustification for number of Fellows served & amount of stipend & salary supplementsQuality & feasibility of recruitment & marketing strategies
35 Review Criteria: TF/MTF Proposals AAAS Noyce Workshops Breakout Session on Track 1 (Scholarships)Review Criteria: TF/MTF ProposalsExtent to which the proposed strategies reflect effective practices based on researchExtent to which STEM & education faculty are collaborating in developing & implementing a program with curriculum based on the specialized pedagogy needed to enable teachers to effectively teach math & science & to assume leadership roles in their schools.Degree to which the proposed programming will enable the participants to become successful mathematics and science teachers or Master Teachers
36 Review Criteria: TF/MTF Proposals AAAS Noyce Workshops Breakout Session on Track 1 (Scholarships)Review Criteria: TF/MTF ProposalsFeasibility & completeness of an objective evaluation plan that will measure the effectiveness of the proposed strategiesInstitutional support for the program & the extent to which the institution is committed to making the program a central organizational focusEvidence of cost sharing commitmentsPlans for sustainability beyond the period of NSF funding
37 Review Criteria: TF/MTF Proposals AAAS Noyce Workshops Breakout Session on Track 1 (Scholarships)Review Criteria: TF/MTF ProposalsNSF Teaching Fellows only:Ability of the program to recruit individuals who would not otherwise pursue a career in teaching & to recruit underrepresented groupsQuality of the Master’s degree program leading to teacher certificationQuality of the preservice student support and new teacher support infrastructureNSF Master Teaching Fellows only:Quality of the professional development that will be provided
38 Project Description: Capacity Building Projects Results from Prior NSF Support: Address prior support relevant to the proposed projectA description of the activities planned, timeline, and outcomes expected to result from the proposal.Plans for evaluating progress and outcomes of the project.
39 Review Criteria: Capacity Building Proposals AAAS Noyce Workshops Breakout Session on Track 1 (Scholarships)Review Criteria: Capacity Building ProposalsClarity of proposed plans and activities that will lead to a well-designed program consistent with the requirements of the Noyce Scholarship ProgramClear statement of objectives to be completed and expected outcomes of the project.Evaluation plans that will measure stated objectives and outcomes.
40 The ProcessProposals may be submitted to FastLane or grants.gov (Use FastLane for TF/MTF proposals)All proposals are peer-reviewed according to standard NSF merit review criteriaNotification of results within six months of receiptReviewers’ comments may be accessed through FastLane after final decision is made
41 All Proposals Must Include: One page Project Summary consisting of 3 sections (text boxes): Overview, Intellectual Merit and Broader ImpactProject description (15 pages)Must contain a separate section with a discussion of the broader impacts of the proposed activitiesResults from Prior Support (if any) must address intellectual merit and broader impacts
42 All Proposals Must Include: Budget forms and narrative for each yearNo cost sharing unless required (eg TF/MTF track)Budget should only list personnel (PI, Co-PIs, others) who will receive funding through the grant; other internal or external resources (not funded through the grant) that will support the project should be included in the Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources documentInstitutions must use the applicable indirect cost rate (F&A) that has been negotiated with the cognizant federal agency (except if cost sharing required in solicitationBiosketches for PI, Co-PIsCurrent & Pending Support FormsReferences
43 All Proposals Must Include: Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources document:Provides an aggregated description of the internal and external resources (both physical and personnel) that the organization and its collaborators will provide to the project.No reference to cost, date of acquisition, and whether the resources are currently available or would be provided upon receipt of awardIf there are no resources to describe, a statement to that effect should be included in this section of the proposal and uploaded into FastLane.
44 All Proposals Must Include: In Supplementary documents section:Mentoring Plan for Postdoctoral Researchers (if in budget)Data Management Plan (consult NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 14-1)Indicate Human Subjects status on cover sheet (pending, approved, or exempt)
45 Common Guidelines for Educational Research The Guidelines were developed to “establish cross-agency guidelines for improving the quality, coherence, and pace of knowledge development in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education” (NSF )The Common Guidelines (NSF ):Related FAQs (NSF ):
47 What Makes a Proposal Competitive? Original ideasSuccinct, focused project planRealistic amount of workSufficient detail providedCost effectiveHigh impactKnowledge and experience of PIsContribution to the fieldRationale and evidence of potential effectivenessLikelihood the project will be sustainedSolid evaluation plan
48 Common Weaknesses: Scholarship Track Proposal does not follow guidelines for Noyce ProgramFailure to indicate students will complete STEM major (not change to Science Education or Math Education majorLittle information about teacher preparation programUnrealistic projectionsRecruitment and selection strategies not well describedLack of support for new teachersLack of involvement of STEM faculty (or education faculty)Lacks plans for monitoring compliance with teaching requirementWeak evaluation or lacks objective evaluatorDoes not address Prior Results or Lessons LearnedLacks details
49 Common Weaknesses of TF/MTF Proposals Insufficient details for preservice and induction program for Teaching Fellows and professional development program for Master Teaching FellowsVague recruitment plansSelection plans do not follow guidelinesMaster Teacher roles and responsibilities not discussedMatching funds not identifiedRole of non-profit organization not clearSchool district partnership not strongEvaluation weak
50 Tips for SuccessConsult the Noyce program solicitation and the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)Test drive FastLaneAlert the Sponsored Research OfficeFollow page and font size limitsBe aware of other projects and advances in the fieldCite the literatureProvide detailsDiscuss prior resultsInclude evaluation plan with timelines and benchmarks
51 Tips for Success Put yourself in the reviewers’ place Consider reviewers’ comments if resubmitting proposalHave someone else read the proposalSpell check; grammar checkMeet deadlinesFollow NSF requirements for proposals involving Human SubjectsCall or NSF Program Officers
52 Return Without Review FastLane will not accept if: Submitted after deadlineFail to follow formatting (e. g. page limitation, font size, and margin limits) requirementsFastLane will not accept if:Fail to describe mentoring activities for postdoctoral researchers if any included in proposed budgetFail to include data management planFail to include complete Project Summary (3 text boxes: Overview, Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts statements)
53 FY 2014 Noyce Scholarship Program Deadlines Letters of Intent (optional): February 5, 2014Full Proposal Deadline: March 5, 2014
54 Not ready to submit a proposal this year? Consider serving as a reviewer Send a letter of interest and a CV to one of the program officers or fill out the online form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NSF_DUE_Reviewer_Info
55 Questions? Contact a Noyce Program Officer: Joan Prival Nicole Bennett