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ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions

Grants to USA Nonprofits and IHEs to Promote Equality in STEM Fields for Women in Academia




Funding Source National Science Foundation (NSF) CFDA Number: 47.041 --- Engineering / 47.049 --- Mathematical and Physical Sciences / 47.050 --- Geosciences/ 47.070 --- Computer and Information Science and Engineering / 47.074 --- Biological Sciences / 47.075 --- Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences / 47.076 --- Education and Human Resources / 47.079 --- Office of International Science and Engineering / 47.083 --- Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) Funding or PIN Number: NSF 20-554 Geographic Focus All USA Important Dates Deadline: 08/04/23 5:00 PM Submitter's Local Time - Deadline for Catalyst proposals Save

Grant Description Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and IHEs for projects that further the careers of women in STEM fields. A letter of intent, a preliminary proposal, or contact with staff are required for some applicants prior to submission of the full proposal. Funding is intended to promote gender equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. The NSF ADVANCE program contributes to the National Science Foundation's goal of a more diverse and capable science and engineering workforce. The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. The NSF ADVANCE program 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. Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate. For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement, and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards. Similarly, policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could lead to women and racial and ethnic minorities being evaluated less favorably, perpetuating historical under-participation in STEM academic careers and contributing to an academic climate that is not inclusive. All NSF ADVANCE proposals are expected to use intersectional approaches in the design of systemic change strategies in recognition that gender, race and ethnicity do not exist in isolation from each other and from other categories of social identity. The solicitation includes four funding tracks: Institutional Transformation (IT), Adaptation, Partnership, and Catalyst. For details on each of the 4 tracks, see https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20554/nsf20554.pdf#page=2 and https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20554/nsf20554.pdf#page=6. All ADVANCE proposals should report impacts on gender equity related to one or more of the following objectives:

  • The incorporation of intersectional approaches in ADVANCE equity strategies for STEM faculty in recognition that gender, race, and ethnicity do not exist in isolation from each other and from other categories of social identity;

  • The adaptation and implementation by IHEs and non-academic organizations of evidence-based systemic change strategies that have been shown to enhance equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession; and

  • The empowerment of individual and organizational stakeholders to enhance equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. Stakeholders include but are not limited to STEM faculty, organizations that have STEM faculty as members, academic and organization leadership, organizations that have academic leadership as members, institution and organization advisory boards or boards of directors, editors and publishers, STEM professional societies, and higher education and organizational staff.

Full Grant Text RFP Recipient Additional Eligibility Criteria Proposals may only be submitted by the following: - Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs): Non-profit two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the U.S., acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of U.S. IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a U.S. 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 U.S. campus. - Non-profit, 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. Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: - Eligible IHEs can submit one proposal to IT-Preliminary, Adaptation, OR Catalyst. IHEs can also be a partner on one or more Partnership proposals. - Eligible Non-profit, non-academic organizations can submit one proposal to the Adaptation competition and be a partner on one or more Partnership proposals. - IHEs and non-profit, non-academic organizations may be partners on multiple ADVANCE Partnership proposals in the same competition but can be the lead organization only on one Partnership proposal in the same competition. Additional Eligibility Info: - IT-Preliminary proposals are accepted from a non-profit institution of higher education (IHE) eligible for NSF funding that has not had an ADVANCE IT award. - Adaptation proposals are accepted from a non-profit institution of higher education (IHE) or a non-profit, non-academic organization eligible for NSF funding. IHEs cannot have had an ADVANCE IT or Adaptation award. - Catalyst proposals are accepted from one non-profit IHE that is not, and has not been, the lead grantee on any type of previous NSF ADVANCE award. - Partnership proposals are accepted from partnerships of two or more non-profit IHEs and/or non-profit, non-academic organizations. Partners may include past or current NSF ADVANCE grant recipients, new IHEs and organizations to ADVANCE, and unfunded strategic partners (such as the private commercial sector and NSF research and education centers) Ineligible Please note that NSF ADVANCE does not provide fellowships, research, or travel grants to individual students, postdoctoral researchers, or faculty to pursue STEM degrees or research. ADVANCE does not support the clinical science fields. Pre-Application Information Preliminary Proposal Due Date (required) - Fourth Thursday in April, Annually - IT - Preliminary proposal Target Date - preliminary proposals are only required for institutions of higher education that want to submit a full Institutional Transformation proposal. Letter of Intent Due Date (required): First Monday in August, Annually - Due Monday, August 7, 2023 - Letters of Intent are only required for Adaptation and Partnership tracks. - Submitting a letter of intent automatically allows you to submit a full proposal. Work on the full proposal should have started well before the letter of intent deadline. Full Proposal Deadline: - First Wednesday in November, Annually - Partnership and Adaptation full proposal deadline - if you submitted a letter of intent then you can submit the full proposal. Work on the full proposal should have started well before the letter of intent deadline Full Proposal Target Date: - First Friday in August, Annually (Friday, August 4, 2023) - Catalyst proposals: Catalyst proposals are accepted before and after the target date. Please contact the program office before submitting a proposal to discuss timing for submission. - October 5 2023 - First Thursday in October, Annually - Institutional Transformation proposals - only IHEs encouraged by NSF after review of an IT-Preliminary proposal should submit a full IT proposal. IT proposals are accepted before and after the target date. Please note that LOIs, preliminary proposals, and full proposals are all due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time. Proposers may opt to submit proposals in response to this Program Solicitation via FastLane or Grants.gov: - Full proposals submitted via FastLane: Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the general guidelines contained in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). - Full proposals submitted via Grants.gov: Proposals submitted in response to this program solicitation via Grants.gov should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov. - Collaborative Proposals: All collaborative proposals submitted as separate submissions from multiple organizations must be submitted via the NSF FastLane system. PAPPG Chapter II.D.3 provides additional information on collaborative proposals. Catalyst proposals: Catalyst proposals are accepted before and after the target date. Please contact the program office before submitting a proposal to discuss timing for submission. Adaptation and Partnership tracks: - Letters of Intent are only required for Adaptation and Partnership tracks. Submitting a letter of intent automatically allows you to submit a full proposal. Work on the full proposal should have started well before the letter of intent deadline. - Partnership and Adaptation full proposal deadline - if you submitted a letter of intent then you can submit the full proposal. Work on the full proposal should have started well before the letter of intent deadline. Institutional Transformation (IT) proposals: - Preliminary proposal Target Date - Preliminary proposals are only required for institutions of higher education that want to submit a full Institutional Transformation proposal. IT-preliminary proposals are accepted before and after the target date. - Institutional Transformation proposals - Only IHEs encouraged by NSF after review of an IT-Preliminary proposal should submit a full IT proposal – IT proposals are accepted before and after the target date. For details about Letters of Intent and Preliminary/Full Proposal submission and requirements, see https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20554/nsf20554.pdf#page=4, https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20554/nsf20554.pdf#page=8, and https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20554/nsf20554.pdf#page=12. Program Solicitation: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20554/nsf20554.htm View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325201 For a list of application documents, press the Package tab (click Preview) on the Grants.gov page above. ADVANCE Recorded Webinars and FAQs Information: https://new.nsf.gov/funding/opportunities/advance-organizational-change-gender-equity-stem/announcements/94684 Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding: $29,000,000 Number of Grants The total number of awards to be made under this solicitation is estimated to be between 18 and 36 over two fiscal years.

Estimated Size of Grant In each year, NSF expects to make approximately: - Six Adaptation awards up to $1,000,000 for three-year long projects - Six Partnership awards up to $1,000,000 for up to five-year long projects - Four Catalyst awards up to $300K for two years NSF anticipates that two to four of the twelve Adaptation and Partnerships projects may qualify for an additional $250,000 for collaborating with a project initiated with NSF funding as stated in Description above. Estimated Total Program Funding: Pending availability of funds, NSF anticipates having up to $29,000,000 available over a period of two fiscal years for support of the NSF ADVANCE portfolio. The expectation has been that up to $15,000,000 would be available for the FY 2021 competition and approximately $14,000,000 would be available for proposals for the FY 2022 competition. Term of Contract Duration of projects: - Institutional Transformation: Five years - Adaptation: Three years - Partnership: Up to five years - Catalyst: Two years Contact Information Jessie DeAro, Program Officer [email protected] (703) 292-5350 Erika T. Camacho [email protected] (703) 292-2834 For Grants.gov user support, contact the Grants.gov Contact Center at 1-800-518-4726 or by email: [email protected]. For FastLane or Research.gov user support, call the FastLane and Research.gov Help Desk at 1-800-673-6188 or e-mail [email protected] or [email protected]. National Science Foundation 2415 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, Virginia 22314 Tel: (703) 292-5111


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