Grant Details

STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C)

 
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    CFDA#

    47.070, 47.076
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    National Science Foundation (NSF)

    Summary

    The STEM+C program seeks to build evidence to inform development of new pedagogical strategies and pedagogical environments for integrating computing and computational thinking in the teaching and learning of pre-K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and/or to integrate science, mathematics, and engineering in the applied teaching and learning of computer science in pre-K-12 education.

    To prepare students from early childhood through high school, proposed research and development efforts should address interdisciplinary integration of computing and computational thinking in one or more of the STEM disciplines, with a focus on student learning pre-K-12, and/or professional development of in-service pre-K-12 teachers, and/or pre-service pre-K-12 teacher education, including preparation of teachers to integrate science, mathematics, and engineering in the applied teaching and learning of computer science in pre-K-12 education.

    Applied research and development efforts may include, but are not limited to: studies of pedagogy that integrate computational thinking in one or more STEM content areas within grade bands (from pre-school to high school); research on, and development of new pedagogical environments that can better support interdisciplinary integration of computing in STEM learning; development of new technological tools that can more innovatively integrate computing into one or more other STEM disciplines or integrate STEM content into the teaching and learning of computing, and specifically, the use of technologies that go beyond the mere use of computers to teach students about computing concepts by encouraging the integration of computing and computational concepts in disciplinary specific ways; modification or development of an entirely new curriculum and/or course materials; improvements in teaching and learning that incorporate learning that can transition between school and informal settings; and innovative pre-service teacher education programs and in-service teacher professional development to prepare teachers to integrate computational thinking or computing in their STEM teaching; modification of instructional strategies; and modifications of programs or any curricular activities in or out of school that are synergistic to school-based content acquisition.

    The program encourages investigators to consider situating their work in the context of a more comprehensive interdisciplinary approach by integrating computing and computational thinking across an entire STEM curriculum.

    REQUIRED ELEMENTS OF PROPOSALS
    • ResearchExploratory Integration and Design and Development proposals are required to build knowledge through research. Potential results of proposed research are expected to be of sufficient significance and quality to warrant peer-review and broader publication.
    • Interdisciplinary Partnerships and/or Collaborations: Investigators must include computing and/or computational thinking in one or more disciplinary-specific fields of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) and/or STEM content integration in computer science education; thus, it is essential to have interdisciplinary expertise on the project team.
    • External Independent Review: All proposals must include a strategy for objective independent review of the project. An external review panel, advisory board, or a third-party evaluator may be proposed (see NSF proposal preparation guidelines). The external critical review should be sufficiently independent and rigorous to influence the project's activities and improve the quality of its findings. Competitive proposals will (1) describe the expertise of the external reviewer(s); (2) explain how that expertise relates to the goals and objectives of the proposal; and (3) specify how the PI will report and use results of the project's external critical review process.
     

    History of Funding

    Abstracts of recent ITEST awards are available via link on the programs website. 

    Additional Information

    NSF is interested in models of varying scales and scope with potential for national significance; the funds requested should be commensurate with the scale and scope of the proposed work.

    CATEGORIES FOR FUNDING
    1. Exploratory Integration (EI): (up to $1,250,000); maximum duration three years. Exploratory proposals might: address the development of prototypes and associated design research; conduct pilot testing; study areas of instructional practice; or conduct research to provide proof-of-concept and preliminary evidence.
    2. Design and Development (DD): (up to $2,500,000); maximum duration three years. Design and development proposals should build on evidence from education or social science research and disciplinary education, as is applicable to the project.
    3. Field-Building Conferences and Workshops (CW): (up to $250,000); maximum duration two years. The program will support conferences, workshops, and special projects that lead to a better understanding of issues around the integration of computing within the other STEM disciplines, and/or issues integrating other STEM disciplines into computer science, as expressed in the solicitation.

    Contacts

    Arlene de Strulle

    Arlene de Strulle
    4201 Wilson Blvd
    Arlington', VA 22230
    (703) 292-8620
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants include:
    • Universities and colleges
    • Non-profit, non-academic organizations
    • For-profit organizations
    • State and local governments (including local school districts)
    • Unaffiliated individuals

    Deadline Details

    Full Proposals must be submitted by March 29, 2017.

    Award Details

    Approximately $49,895,000 is available in total funding for FY17. 25 - 35 awards are expected to be made. Awards range from $250,000 to $2,500,000. Cost sharing/matching is not required.


     

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