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NSF ADVANCE Program Grants: Seeking Gender-Equality in STEM

Jul 06, 2020 at 09:00 am by katecaccavaio

Grant Opportunity: Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate. The NSF ADVANCE program seeks to build on research and literature concerning gender, racial, and ethnic equity. NSF ADVANCE 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. The goal of the program is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession.

Four (4) funding tracks are available in this solicitation:

               Institutional Transformation (IT) - track supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative systemic change strategies within a single non-profit IHE with the potential for replication or adaptation at other similar institutions.

               Partnership – supports work to facilitate the broader adaptation of gender equity and systemic change strategies by focusing on the transformation of institutions and organizations and/or the transformation within one or more STEM disciplines. These projects are expected to result in national or regional transformation in STEM academic workplaces and the academic profession and demonstrate significant reach.

               Adaptation – supports the work of adapting, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based systemic change strategies shown to promote gender equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and throughout the profession.

Projects can either: 1) support the adaptation of evidence-based systemic change strategies to promote equity for STEM faculty within an institution of higher education; or 2) facilitate national or regional STEM disciplinary transformation through adapting evidence-based systemic change strategies to non-profit, non-academic organizations.

               Catalyst – these projects are to broaden the types of IHEs able to undertake data collection and institutional self-assessment work to identify systemic gender inequities impacting their STEM faculty so that these can be addressed by the institution.

Award amounts and grant periods vary by funding track.

Eligibility: IHEs (i.e. universities, four-year colleges, and/or two-year colleges) and non-profit, non-academic organizations (museums, research laboratories, professional research associations)

Grant Amount:

Institutional Transformation: up to $3M for up to 5 years

Partnership: up to $1M for up to 5 years

Adaptation: up to $1M for up to 5 years

Catalyst: up to $300,000 for up to two years

Important Dates:

  • Letter of Intent: (required for Adaptation and Partnership projects) Monday, August 3, 2020
  • Application Deadline: Friday, August 7, 2020

For more information: Details for each of the program tracks and proposal requirements can be found on the ADVANCE solicitation webpage. To learn more about the application process, read through the ADVANCE FAQ page.

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