National Science Foundation (NSF)
10/29/21 5:00 PM submitter's local time
Grants to USA institutions of higher education and nonprofit, non-academic organizations for research to address the needs of society. Applicants must submit a letter of intent and are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to encourage the development of pedagogical frameworks, platforms and/or environments to enable participants to formulate research questions and ideas with potentially transformative outcomes.
Engineers and scientists are capable of making enormous impact when they conceive and conduct fundamental research that addresses societal needs. The world faces many critical challenges engendered in part by the expanding and aging world population, including meeting global needs for food, energy, water, land, and other resources, while respecting and maintaining the balance of the planetary ecosystem. Other notable challenges include addressing climate change; maintaining cybersecurity, privacy, and fairness in the increasingly connected world; and providing, maintaining and protecting infrastructure. All of these represent potentially large and fertile opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research to serve society.
The extraordinary response of the STEM research community to the COVID-19 pandemic, exemplified by the record-breaking speed of novel vaccine development, highlights the outstanding capabilities at all levels of the research enterprise. The GERMINATION program seeks to harness the immense capacities of academic researchers to similarly address other critical global challenges through supporting the development of new pedagogical approaches that train researchers to formulate and develop key research questions.
The GERMINATION program invites proposals to design, test, evaluate and implement pedagogical frameworks, platforms and/or environments that enable participants to formulate research questions and ideas that have the potential to address critical societal challenges. In order to catalyze development of novel approaches, while simultaneously expanding the reach of pilot approaches which are already exhibiting promise, two tracks will be supported in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022:GERMINATION Innovation and GERMINATION Expansion.
GrantWatch ID#: 197120
Expected Number of Awards: 10; 4-5 GERMINATION Innovation awards (EAGERs) and 4-5 GERMINATION Expansion awards depending on funding availability and quality of proposals received.
The budget for GERMINATION Innovation proposals is between $100,000 and $300,000 total.
The budget for GERMINATION Expansion proposals is up to $500,000 total.
GERMINATION Innovation: One to two years
GERMINATION Expansion: Up to three years
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