Research and Graduate Studies - Research

Limited Submission Programs

Limited submission programs are extramural funding opportunities that either limit the number of applications CSUN may put forward to a given sponsor or require another kind of internal coordination. All proposals (herein referring to proposals, pre-proposals, letters of intent, statement of qualifications, etc.) submitted to programs that place institutional limits on the number and/or type of submissions will require pre-approval from the Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) office. RSP will notify the campus of these opportunities as soon as possible, coordinate the internal review and selection process, and will notify all applicants of outcomes. To ensure fairness and equity and to improve competitiveness, RSP will seek guidance from College Deans in this process. 

All faculty interested in applying to a limited submission opportunity must complete a pre-proposal. Please review the Step-by-Step Procedures for complete details. 

Step-by-Step Procedures

Initiating the Request

RSP will make every effort to identify limited submission opportunities early to allow enough time for faculty to obtain appropriate internal approvals. However, it is ultimately the PIs responsibility to immediately notify RSP of their intent to submit an application to such a program. Once the opportunity is identified, RSP will send a notice to all colleges and departments to ensure that all faculty are given a fair chance to respond. 

The following steps must be followed in order for the applicant to be approved to submit a proposal: 

Step 1. Using the attached template, applicants submit pre-proposals to their deans following procedures defined at the College level. At minimum, colleges should ensure that the proper infrastructure (e.g., IT, space, etc.) for the proposed activity exists. Applicants should review the criteria for final selection described in Step 3 and include any material in the pre-proposal that may be important or pertinent to the decision-making process.

Step 2. The Dean of the college, using a process defined at the College level, will rank, in a single list, all pre-proposals. The ranked list will be forwarded to RSP at least 8 weeks prior to the due date of the full proposal. For those instances where less time is available (e.g., the opportunity was identified late or the time between announcement and the deadline is limited), a modified timeline will be established and disseminated to the campus community.

Step 3. If the number of pre-proposals is less than the maximum allowed, all faculty will be encouraged to submit a full proposal to the relevant agency. Otherwise, RSP will review the ranked lists and will select the applications that will be allowed to submit proposals to the agency. If appropriate, an ad hoc committee of peers will be used to evaluate applications. Criteria used in the selection process include (in no particular order): 1) rank by college; 2) likelihood of success using criteria stated in the program announcement; and 3) outcomes of previous attempts. On this last criteria, previously submitted proposals that received meritorious reviews but were not funded will be encouraged. Proposals submitted in previous cycles that received poor reviews will be discouraged. Also, applicants selected in a previous cycle who failed to submit a final proposal to the agency will be barred from applying to the same program for at least one cycle. Successful applicants will be notified at least 6 weeks prior to the due date of the proposal. 

Pre-proposal Limited Submission Template:

1. Agency:
2. Program:
3. Proposal Title:
4. Investigator(s) Name and Department. Clearly identify PI for collaborative projects.
5. Project Summary (1/2 page maximum):
6. Project Description (3 pages maximum; include a section on how the proposal, if selected, will address the agency's review criteria):
7. Budget and Budget Justification

Please include a 2-page CV for each PI/Co-PI. Include a brief overview of current and pending support and how these relate to the current proposal (if at all).

DOD HBCU/MI Research & Education Program/ RSP Deadline: 2019 CLOSED

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Research and Education Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI)
 
Projects proposed for funding under this FOA must be for basic research. As defined by DoD, “basic research” is systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind. It includes all scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing fundamental knowledge and understanding in those fields of the physical, engineering, environmental, life sciences, and information sciences related to long-term national security needs.
 
PIs are encouraged to consider innovative approaches for their research projects with a view toward enhancing the ability of their institution to develop stronger science and engineering programs that will enable the institution to participate more competitively in a variety of defense research programs and attract and retain good students by exposing them to state-of-the-art research and encouraging them to pursue careers in STEM disciplines.
 
Methods through which these goals can be achieved are varied. Factors such as research capabilities, facilities, and equipment are unique to each institution. Therefore, DoD will not 5prescribe the approach for a research project; instead, it expects applications to reflect the unique needs and capabilities of the applicant institution.
 
*Only three (3) applications per institution are allowed for this announcement.
Due to the fast approaching deadline,  please email RSP your interest in applying for this FOA to research@csun.edu by 5pm Wed. June 19th along with your 1-page summary, 3-page description, budget and budget justification and key personnel bio-sketches.
 
For more information, refer to the Funding Opportunity Announcement W911NF-19-S-0009 
DEADLINE:
Sponsor deadline: July 15, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. EST

NIH Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (T34) / RSP Deadline July 22, 2019

Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program (T34)
The goal of the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program is to provide structured activities to prepare a diverse cohort of community college students to transfer to and complete a bachelor's degree in biomedical research fields.  This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements to prepare trainees to bridge from the community college and complete the bachelor's degree in biomedical fields.
This program requires partnerships between two-year post-secondary educational institutions granting the associate degree with four-year colleges or universities that offer the baccalaureate degree.


CSUN may not submit more than one (1) application as the Lead Institution for this opportunity.
For more information, Funding Opportunity Announcement PAR-19-299

DEADLINES:
Faculty submit pre-proposals to Deans: date to be determined by Deans
Deans submit ranked lists and pre-proposals to RSP via email to research@csun.edu : July 22, 2019
RSP notifies applicants: July 26, 2019
Sponsor submission deadline: September 25, 2019

Future Cycle Deadlines:
Sponsor submission deadline: September 25, 2020
Sponsor submission deadline: September 25, 2021

NIH Bridges to the Doctorate Program (T32) / RSP Deadline July 22, 2019

Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training Program (T32)
The goal of the Bridges to the Doctorate Research Training program is to develop a diverse pool of scientists earning a Ph.D., who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) provides support to eligible, domestic institutions to develop and implement effective, evidence-based approaches to biomedical training and mentoring that will keep pace with the rapid evolution of the research enterprise. NIGMS expects that the proposed research training programs will incorporate didactic, research, mentoring, and career development elements to prepare trainees for careers that will have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation.  
 
CSUN may not submit more than one (1) application as the Lead Institution for this opportunity.
For more information, Funding Opportunity Announcement PAR-19-300 
DEADLINES:
Faculty submit pre-proposals to Deans: date to be determined by Deans
Deans submit ranked lists and pre-proposals to RSP via email to research@csun.edu : July 22, 2019
RSP notifies applicants: July 26, 2019
Sponsor submission deadline: September 25, 2019

Future Cycle Deadlines:
Sponsor submission deadline: September 25, 2020
Sponsor submission deadline: September 25, 2021

 

NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: HSI Program/ RSP Deadline July 22, 2019

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (IUSE: HSI Program)
The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program) seeks to enhance the quality of undergraduate STEM education at HSIs and to increase retention and graduation rates of undergraduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at HSIs. In addition, the HSI Program seeks to build capacity in undergraduate STEM education at HSIs that typically do not receive high levels of NSF grant funding. The National Science Foundation (NSF) established the HSI Program in response to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (P.L. 115-31) and the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (P.L. 114-329). The HSI Program is aligned with NSF’s commitment to increase access for underrepresented groups to the Nation’s STEM enterprise.
Track 1: Building Capacity funds projects up to $2,500,000 for up to 5 years and is open to all eligible institutions. This track has three priority areas: Critical Transitions; Innovative Cross-Sector Partnerships; and Teaching and Learning in STEM.

Limit on number of proposals per organization: ONE (1)
For Track 1 (Building Capacity), an institution can submit only one proposal. CSUN is not eligible for Track 2.
 
For more information, please review the Program Solicitation NSF 19-540 
DEADLINES:
Faculty submit pre-proposals to Deans:                                 To be determined by Deans
Deans submit ranked lists and pre-proposals to:  
RSP via email to research@csun.edu by                                  July 22, 2019
RSP notifies applicants by:                                                     July 26, 2019
Sponsor submission deadline:                                                September 18, 2019
Future Deadlines: Third Wednesday in September, Annually thereafter

NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Comp Sci/ RSP Deadline August 5, 2019

Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science
NSF's Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) have joined to support the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program. This program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) in-service and pre-service teachers, full-time community college faculty, and university faculty and students to enhance the scientific disciplinary knowledge and capacity of the STEM teachers and/or community college faculty through participation in authentic summer research experiences with engineering and computer science faculty researchers. The research projects and experiences all revolve around a focused research area related to engineering and/or computer science that will provide a common cohort experience to the participating educators. The K-12 STEM teachers and/or full-time community college faculty also translate their research experiences and new scientific knowledge into their classroom activities and curricula. The university team will include faculty, graduate and undergraduate students as well as industrial advisors. Involvement of graduate students in support of academic-year classroom activities is particularly encouraged. Partnerships with inner city, rural or other high needs schools are especially encouraged, as is participation by underrepresented minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities.
 
Limit: CSUN is permitted THREE Site proposals. No more than two of the three proposals may have an engineering focus and only one of the three proposals may have a computer and/or information science focus.
 
For more information, Program Solicitation NSF 17-575 
DEADLINES:
Faculty submit pre-proposals to Deans: To be determined by your College Dean
Deans submit ranked lists and pre-proposals to RSP via email to research@csun.edu : August 5, 2019 
RSP notifies applicants: August 9, 2019
Full proposal sponsor deadline: September 18, 2019
 
Future Funding Cycles:
Third Wednesday in September, Annually Thereafter

NEH Summer Stipends / RSP Deadline August 7, 2019

The NEH Summer Stipend program supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project at any stage of development for a period of two consecutive months.

The Summer Stipends program provides $6,000 to support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of performance of two consecutive months. Projects may begin as early as May 1, 2020.

The Summer Stipends program accepts applications only from individual researchers, teachers, and writers, whether they have an institutional affiliation or not. Applicants with university affiliations must, however, be nominated by their institutions. CSUN’s nominating official, Dr. Sheree Schrager, may nominate two faculty for the stipend program.

For more information, Funding Opportunity Announcement 20190925-FT (2019 Guidelines)

DEADLINES:
Faculty submit pre-proposals to Deans: To be determined by Deans
Deans submit ranked lists and pre-proposals to RSP via email to : August 7, 2019
RSP notifies applicants: August 14, 2019
Sponsor submission deadline: September 25, 2019

NSF Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program/ RSP Deadline August 12, 2019

Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program
The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.
 
IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.
 
The program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.
 
Limit: CSUN is permitted participation in only TWO applications. NOTE: Participation includes serving as a lead organization on a non-collaborative proposal or as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on a collaborative proposal.
 
For more information, Program Solicitation NSF 17-585 
DEADLINES:
Faculty submit pre-proposals to Deans: To be determined by your College Dean
Deans submit ranked lists and pre-proposals to RSP via email to research@csun.edu : August 12, 2019 
RSP notifies applicants: August 16, 2019
Full proposal sponsor deadline: September 27, 2019

 

NSF Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) / RSP Deadline August 26, 2019

The ADBC program seeks to enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States. The information associated with various collections of organisms, such as geographic, paleogeographic and stratigraphic distribution, environmental habitat data, phenology, information about associated organisms, collector field notes, and tissues and molecular data extracted from the specimens, is a rich resource providing the baseline from which to further biodiversity research and provide critical information about existing gaps in our knowledge of life on earth. The national resource is structured at three levels: a central coordinating organization, a series of thematic networks based on an important research theme, and the physical collections. The national resource builds upon a sizable existing national investment in curation of the physical objects in scientific collections and contributes vitally to scientific research and technology interests in the United States. It will become an invaluable tool in understanding contemporary biological issues and challenges.

Limits: CSUN may submit one Thematic Collections Networks (TCN) proposal. CSUN may be involved in more than one collaborative effort as a non-lead proposal.

For more information, Program Solicitation NSF 15-576

DEADLINES:
Faculty submit pre-proposals to Deans: To be determined by Deans
Deans submit ranked lists and pre-proposals to RSP via email to : August 26, 2019
RSP notifies applicants: August 30, 2019
Sponsor submission deadline: October 11, 2019

Sponsor Deadline Annually thereafter: Second Friday in October, Annually Thereafter  

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program: (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development / RSP Deadline October 16, 2019

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to multi-user scientific and engineering instrumentation for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education and not-for-profit scientific/engineering research organizations. An MRI award supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs.

MRI provides support to acquire critical research instrumentation without which advances in fundamental science and engineering research may not otherwise occur. MRI also provides support to develop next-generation research instruments that open new opportunities to advance the frontiers in science and engineering research. Additionally, an MRI award is expected to enhance research training of students who will become the next generation of instrument users, designers and builders.

An MRI proposal may request up to $4 million for either acquisition or development of a research instrument. Beginning with the FY 2018 competition, each performing organization may submit in revised "Tracks" as defined below, with no more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2.

  • Track 1: Track 1 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $100,0001 and less than $1,000,000.
  • Track 2: Track 2 MRI proposals are those that request funds from NSF greater than or equal to $1,000,000 up to and including $4,000,000.

Consistent with the America COMPETES Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-69), cost sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required for Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education and for non-degree-granting organizations. Non-Ph.D.-granting institutions of higher education are exempt from the cost-sharing requirement and cannot include it. National Science Board policy prohibits voluntary committed cost sharing.

CSUN may submit 3 total:

Three (3) as described below. Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission.

The MRI program requires that an MRI-eligible organization may, as a performing organization, submit or be included as a significantly funded3 subawardee in no more than three MRI proposals. Beginning with this competition, each performing organization is now limited to a maximum of three proposals in revised "Tracks" as defined below, with no more than two submissions in Track 1 and no more than one submission in Track 2. Any MRI proposal may request support for either the acquisition or development of a research instrument. Within their submission limit, NSF strongly encourages organizations to submit proposals for innovative development projects.

For more information, Program Solicitation NSF 18-513

DEADLINES:
Faculty submit pre-proposals to Deans: To be determined by Deans
Deans submit ranked lists and pre-proposals to RSP via email to : October 16, 2019
RSP notifies applicants: October 23, 2019
Sponsor submission deadline: January 1, 2020- January 19, 2020

SPONSOR DEADLINE Annually thereafter: January 1st- January 19th

 

NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program/ RSP Deadline October 21, 2019

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. Proposals are requested in any interdisciplinary or convergent research theme of national priority, with special emphasis on the research areas in NSF's 10 Big Ideas. The NSF research Big Ideas are Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR), The Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), Navigating the New Arctic (NNA), Windows on the Universe: The Era of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (WoU), The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution (QL), and Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype (URoL).

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: TWO (2)
An eligible organization may participate in two proposals per competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on any proposal.


For more information, Program Solicitation NSF 19-522

DEADLINES:
Faculty submit pre-proposals to Deans: To be determined by your College Dean
Deans submit ranked lists and pre-proposals to RSP via email to research@csun.edu : October 21, 2019
RSP notifies applicants: October 25, 2019
Required LOI deadline window: November 26 - December 6, 2019
Full Proposal Sponsor deadline: February 6, 2020

Future Deadlines:
LOI Due: November 25- December 6, Annually Thereafter
Proposal Due: February 6, Annually Thereafter


 

 

NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) / RSP Deadlne November 6, 2019

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.
The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 3
For more information, Program Solicitation NSF 17-573

DEADLINES:
Faculty submit pre-proposals to Deans: To be determined by your College Dean
Deans submit ranked lists and pre-proposals to RSP via email to research@csun.edu : September 11, 2019
RSP notifies applicants: September 18, 2019
Full proposal sponsor deadline: November 6, 2019

NIH Support of Competitive Research (SCORE: SC1, SC2 & SC3) / RSP Deadline December 2, 2019

**Anticipated NIH Deadlines: January 25, 2020 and May 25, 2020; current SCORE FOA's expire September 8, 2019**

The NIH Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) program provides research capacity building support to under-resourced institutions with limited NIH R01 funding that have explicitly stated historical missions or historical track records focused on training and graduating students from backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical research with B.S./B.A., M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in biomedically-related sciences, who represent an invaluable source of untapped talent. These institutions include those that have: 1) an explicitly stated historical mission or a demonstrated historical track record in educating students from underrepresented groups in biomedical research including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (i.e., African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other natives of U.S. Pacific Islands),  2) an explicitly stated historical mission or a demonstrated historical track record of  training and graduating substantial numbers of undergraduate students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds as defined in (NOT-OD-15-053), and 3) an explicit mission or a demonstrated historical track record in in educating students with disabilities.

The SCORE program offers opportunities for faculty research career enhancement, which are expected to increase their research competitiveness and productivity and enable their transition to non-SCORE support.

The SCORE program offers three distinct support mechanisms for individual investigator-initiated biomedical or behavioral research projects of different scope and for different program director/principal investigators (PD/PIs) developmental levels:

  • Research Advancement Award (SC1) is for investigators with a track record of research activity who are seeking to enhance their research productivity in order to transition to non-SCORE support in a limited period of time. 
  • Pilot Project Award (SC2) is for those who are at the beginning stages of a research career, applying for their first independent award, and who are interested in testing a new idea, or generating preliminary data.
  • Research Continuance Award (SC3) is for those investigators who have been engaged in scholarly research and published, and who seek to continue to conduct competitive research of limited scope to increase their publications and eventually transition to non-SCORE support.

Number of Applications

Institutions may submit individual SC1, SC2 or SC3 applications to a combined maximum of 20 total applications and awards at any time. The maximum number of individual SCORE awards (combination of SC1, SC2, SC3) that a single institution may hold is 20.

For more information, Funding Opportunity Announcements:

  1. Research Advancement Award (SC1) PAR-16-439
  2. Pilot Project Award (SC2) PAR-16-438
  3. Research Continuance Award (SC3) PAR-16-437

DEADLINES:
Faculty submit pre-proposals to Deans: To be determined by Deans
Deans submit ranked lists and pre-proposals to RSP via email to : December 2, 2019
RSP notifies applicants: December 6, 2019
Sponsor submission deadline: January 25, 2020

NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) / RSP Deadline January 6, 2020

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice, and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?

Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or other factors.

CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.

Proposals for awards from minority-serving institutions are strongly encouraged.

Limit on number of proposals per organization: CSUN may submit one proposal. There is no limit on the number of proposals under which CSUN may be included as a non-lead collaborator or sub-awardee.

For more information, Program Solicitation NSF 18-532

DEADLINES:
Faculty submit pre-proposals to Deans: To be determined by Deans
Deans submit ranked lists and pre-proposals to RSP via email to : January 6, 2020
RSP notifies applicants: January 10, 2020
Sponsor submission deadline: February 22, 2020

Sponsor Deadline Annually thereafter: February 22

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) / RSP Deadline February 3, 2020

A well-educated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a significant contributor to maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a high-quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of partners: Partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of STEM faculty and institutional, educational, and social science researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and local business and industry, if appropriate.

The program seeks: 1) to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and 3) to generate knowledge to advance understanding of how factors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM of low-income students.

The STEM disciplines supported by the S-STEM program include:

  • Biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields);
  • Physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science);
  • Mathematical sciences;
  • Computer and information sciences;
  • Geosciences;
  • Engineering; and
  • Technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.)

Limit on number of proposals per organization:

CSUN may submit one proposal (either as a single institution or as subawardee or a member of a Collaborative Research project) from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field.

For more information, please review the Program Solicitation NSF 17-527.

DEADLINES:
Faculty submit pre-proposals to Deans: To be determined by Deans
Deans submit ranked lists and pre-proposals to RSP via email to : February 3, 2020
RSP notifies applicants: February 7, 2020
Sponsor submission deadline: March 25, 2020

Sponsor Deadline Annually thereafter: Last Wednesday in March, Annually Thereafter