Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

NSF- Data-Intensive Research to Improve Teaching and Learning - An Ideas Lab to Foster Transformative Approaches to Teaching and Learning

Program:  The goal of this National Science Foundation program is to foster novel, transformative, multidisciplinary approaches that address the use of large data sets to create actionable knowledge for improving STEM teaching and learning environments (formal and informal) in the medium term, and to revolutionize learning in the longer term. These approaches will involve the work of learning scientists, STEM disciplinary experts, computer scientists, statisticians, database experts and educational researchers who design and study learning environments.

NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning program invests in research and development of innovative and field-advancing out-of-school STEM learning and emerging STEM learning environments.

NASA Space Grant Innovative Pilot in STEM Education

The Space Grant Office at NASA Headquarters has recently distributed an opportunity for Space Grant institutions to propose a two-year project in one of two areas, undergraduate STEM retention and STEM educators.  The full announcement may be viewed at here.

The main features are:

A.     Undergraduate Retention in STEM Focus:


NSF has announced a new IGERT-CIF21 track to address the training and education needs in computational and data enabled science and engineering and cyberinfrastructure research. The description of the program and solicitation amendment can be found here: This is a limited funding opportunity. UM is limited to one proposal only.

NSF Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP)

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) seeks to increase the number of students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Type 1 proposals are solicited that provide for full implementation efforts at academic institutions. Type 2 proposals are solicited that support educational research projects on associate or baccalaureate degree attainment in STEM.

NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT)

The IGERT program was developed to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers with interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged science and engineering workforce.

UM STEM Education Kick-Off Meeting, January 24

This past October, following a yearlong exploration phase, the University launched the Innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Initiative.  Its broadly defined goals: to produce more STEM majors, expand campus STEM teaching and learning facilities, engage and inspire K-12 students into STEM careers, and to increase the scientific literacy of all UM graduates and the general public.