National Science Foundation (NSF)
08/06/21 5:00 PM Submitter's Local Time - For Adaptation and Partnership requests only.
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education for projects that further the careers of women in eligible fields. A letter of intent or an initial proposal may be required prior to submission of the full proposal. Funding is intended to promote gender equity in STEM field recruitment, retention, and career advancement at academic institutions and workplaces.
The goal of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) ADVANCE program is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE encourages institutions of higher education and the broader science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community, including professional societies and other STEM-related not-for-profit organizations, to address various aspects of STEM academic culture and institutional structure that may differentially affect women faculty and academic administrators. As such, ADVANCE is an integral part of the NSF's multifaceted strategy to broaden participation in the STEM workforce, and supports the critical role of the Foundation in advancing the status of women in academic science and engineering.
The ADVANCE program aims to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. The NSF ADVANCE program provides grants to enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and to mitigate the systemic factors that create inequities in the academic profession and workplaces. Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate. For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement, and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards.
Similarly, policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could lead to women and racial and ethnic minorities being evaluated less favorably, perpetuating historical under-participation in STEM academic careers and contributing to an academic climate that is not inclusive.
All the STEM fields supported by NSF are supported by the ADVANCE program including the learning, social, behavioral, and economic sciences.
All NSF ADVANCE proposals are expected to use intersectional approaches in the design of systemic change strategies in recognition that gender, race and ethnicity do not exist in isolation from each other and from other categories of social identity.
The program includes four funding tracks: Institutional Transformation (IT), Adaptation, Partnership, and Catalyst. For a detailed description of these tracks, and for a comparative chart, see https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20554/nsf20554.pdf#page=6.
Collaborations between Adaptation and Partnership proposers and projects initiated with NSF funds in the following categories are encouraged with additional funds for the ADVANCE award: Systemic and institutional transformation projects, the NSF INCLUDES National Network, and NSF STEM graduate education.
GrantWatch ID#: 176005
The total number of awards to be made under this solicitation is estimated to be between 18 and 36 over two fiscal years.
In each year, NSF expects to make approximately:
- Six Adaptation awards up to $1,000,000 for three-year long projects
- Six Partnership awards up to $1,000,000 for up to five-year long projects
- Four Catalyst awards up to $300K for two years
Additionally, in FY 2021, the program anticipates making up to two Institutional Transformation awards for up to $3,000,000 for five-years.
NSF anticipates that two to four of the twelve Adaptation and Partnerships projects may qualify for an additional $250,000 for collaborating with a project initiated with NSF funding as stated in Description above.
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Pending availability of funds, NSF anticipates having up to $29,000,000 available over a period of two fiscal years for support of the NSF ADVANCE portfolio. It is expected that up to $15,000,000 will be available for the FY 2021 competition and approximately $14,000,000 will be available for proposals for the FY 2022 competition.
Duration of projects:
- Institutional Transformation: Five years
- Adaptation: Three years
- Partnership: Up to five years
- Catalyst: Two years
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Jessie DeAro, Program Officer
Erika T. Camacho
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