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Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into the Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (IUSE:GEOPAths)

Grants to USA IHEs and Nonprofit Institutions to Increase
Participation and Outcomes in Geoscience Degree Tracks

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

LOI Date:

11/17/20

Deadline Date:

01/26/21 5:00 PM (Submitter's Local Time)

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories IHEs and nonprofit nonacademic institutions to promote participation and educational outcomes in geoscience-related disciplines. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended to increase the number of students pursuing undergraduate and/or postgraduate degrees through the development of novel approaches that engage students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience. To broaden participation in the geosciences, engaging students from historically excluded groups or from non-geoscience degree programs is a priority.

While maintaining elements from the legacy tracks of GEOPATHS , this solicitation features three new funding tracks that focus on Geoscience Learning Ecosystems (GLEs):

  1. GEOPAths: Informal Networks (IN): Collaborative projects in this track will support geoscience learning and experiences in informal settings for teachers, pre-college (e.g., upper level high school) students, and early undergraduates in the geosciences.
  2. GEOPAths: Undergraduate Preparation (UP): Projects in this track will engage pre-college and undergraduate students in extra-curricular experiences and training in the geosciences with a focus on service learning and workplace skill building.
  3. GEOPAths: Graduate Opportunities (GO): Projects in this track will improve research and career-related pathways into the geosciences for undergraduate and graduate students through institutional collaborations with a focus on service learning and workplace skill building.

The National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Initiative is a Foundation-wide effort to accelerate improvements in the quality and effectiveness of undergraduate education in all STEM fields including the learning, social, behavioral, and economic sciences. IUSE:GEOPAths invites proposals that specifically address the current needs and opportunities related to education within the geosciences community through the formation of STEM Learning Ecosystems that engage students in the study of the Earth, its oceans, polar regions and atmosphere. 

The overarching questions being addressed through this solicitation are:

  • Which strategies are most effective for creating inclusive environments in the geosciences that are attractive and supportive to students from groups that have been historically excluded in STEM?
  • Which approaches are most effective in introducing pre-college students to geoscience content?
  • Which methods are most effective in recruiting and retaining undergraduate students in the geosciences?
  • Which experiences are most effective in preparing undergraduate geoscience majors and graduate students for the workforce, and smoothing their transition post-graduation?
  • Which strategies are most effective for increasing the number and diversity of non-geoscience undergraduate majors that pursue post-baccalaureate degrees in geoscience?

For information about the three funding tracks  (IN, UP, and GO), see: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20516/nsf20516.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150826

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$6,000,000

Number of Grants:

NSF expects to make up to 18 awards through this competition, with approximately 6 awards being made in each of the three tracks

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average total award size is expected to be in the $300,000 to $350,000 range.

Term of Contract:

The duration of awards for both tracks will be up to 36 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:
- Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.
- Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

Who May Serve as PI: There are no restrictions or limits.

An organization may serve as sole submitting institution or as lead institution of a collaborative project on only one submission per competition, regardless of track, but may serve as the non-lead institution of a collaborative project more than once per competition.
Potential PIs are advised to contact their institutional office of research regarding processes used to select proposals for submission. A Principal Investigator may serve in the role of PI or Co-PI on only one proposal per competition if they are at the sole-submitting institution or the lead institution of a collaborative project, but may serve as the Co-PI for a non-lead institution of a collaborative project more than once per competition.

The limitation on eligible organizations applies only to sole submitting organizations or lead organizations of a collaborative proposal. All other eligible organizations identified in the PAPPG are eligible to participate as the non-lead institution of a collaborative proposal. In addition, the following eligibility limitations apply:

- GEOPAths: Informal Network (IN) proposals: The following institutions and organizations are eligible to submit proposals as the sole submitting organization or lead institution in a collaborative proposal:
1. Institutions of higher education (as defined in section 101 (a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965) in the United States and its territories that grant associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in the disciplines listed in the National Center for Education Statistics’ Classification of Instructional Programs.
2. Nonprofit, non-academic organizations (independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations) located in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities.

- GEOPAths:Undergraduate Preparation (UP) proposals: NSF is restricting the eligibility of institutions that may serve as the sole submitting institution or the lead institution in a collaborative proposal in order to increase opportunities for smaller and/or primarily undergraduate institutions that have less access to significant Federal funding for STEM research and related infrastructure. The following institutions are eligible to submit proposals as the sole submitting organization or lead institution in a collaborative proposal: Only institutions of higher education (as defined in section 101 (a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965) in the United States and its territories that grant associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in the disciplines listed in the National Center for Education Statistics’ Classification of Instructional Programs database are eligible to submit proposals, with the following restrictions: institutions identified by the Carnegie Classification in effect at the time of this solicitation's submission deadline as “Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity” may not serve as the lead institution and may only submit proposals as the non-lead institution of a collaborative GEOPAths:UP proposal.

- GEOPAths:Graduate Opportunities (GO) proposals: The following institutions are eligible to submit proposals as the sole submitting organization or lead institution in a collaborative proposal: Only institutions of higher education (as defined in section 101 (a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965) in the United States and its territories that grant associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in the disciplines listed in the National Center for Education Statistics’ Classification of Instructional Programs database are eligible to submit proposals as the sole submitting organization or lead institution in a collaborative proposal, with no restrictions on institution type.

Pre-Application Information:

A Letter of Intent is required and is due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time on December 20, 2019. Full proposals are due by February 14, 2020.

Deadlines:
- LOIs due: December 20, 2019, and November 17, 2020
- Full Proposals due: February 14, 2020, and January 26, 2021

Full Proposals may be submitted via FastLane or Grants.gov.

Register with Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322425

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online with FastLane: https://www.research.gov/accountmgmt/#/registration

M. Brandon Jones, GEO/OAD
(703) 292-4713
mbjones@nsf.gov

Amanda (Manda) S. Adams, GEO/AGS
(703) 292-8521
amadams@nsf.gov

Elizabeth L. Rom, GEO/OCE & GEO/PLR
(703) 292-7709
elrom@nsf.gov

Keith A. Sverdrup, EHR/DUE
(703) 292-4653
ksverdru@nsf.gov

Aisha R. Morris
703-292-7081
armorris@nsf.gov

CFDA Number:

47.050 --- Geosciences / 47.076 --- Education and Human Resources

Funding or Pin Number:

NSF 20-516

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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