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Deadline for NSF: Scholarships in STEM
Goal: Provides funds for scholarships to encourage and enable low-income academically talented students earn a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (S-STEM)-eligible disciplines.
The Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, S-STEM program solicitation has been revised for the FY 2021 competition, and prospective Principal Investigators are encouraged to read the solicitation carefully. Among the changes are the following:
Changes Affecting All Proposals
- The maximum project duration has been extended from 5 to 6 years for Track-1, -2 and -3 proposals.
- The requirements for the project description section for Track-1, -2 and -3 proposals have been further clarified and streamlined.
- All S-STEM proposals must provide information about the size and characteristics of their pool of potential scholarship applicants who meet all the eligibility requirements described in the proposal.
- Funds for additional activities that financially support individual S-STEM Scholars are allowable, including but not limited to internships, research experiences, and conference attendance. These costs are not considered scholarships and cannot be included in the calculation of the percentage of the budget that must be used for scholarships, which continues to be at least 60%.
- A letter describing how low-income status is defined by the institution is now required as a supplemental document. This letter should come from the institution’s Financial Aid Office (or equivalent) and should include affirmation that offices will support this scholarship program as described in the proposal.
- Institutions with a current S-STEM award should wait at least until the end of the third year of execution of their current award before submitting a new S-STEM proposal focused on students pursuing the same discipline(s).
Changes to and Addition of Specific Program Tracks
- Collaborative Planning grant proposals are now invited (up to $150,000 for up to 2 years).
- Capacity building proposals (Track-1) are now scholarship-intensive. That is, although Track-1 proposals must generate new knowledge via a robust project evaluation plan and include substantive dissemination plans, they no longer require formal research activities (up to $750,000 for up to 6 years).
- Single institution proposals (Track-2) are now scholarship-intensive. That is, although Track-2 proposals must generate new knowledge via a robust project evaluation plan and include substantive dissemination plans, they no longer require formal research activities (up to $1.5 million for up to 6 years).
The S-STEM program team will host webinars after the release of this solicitation. In the webinars, key features and expectations of the S-STEM program will be discussed. Information regarding the webinars will be posted to the S-STEM program webpage.
Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1).