NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-3: Building Diverse Communities

Program: Aims to enable the participation of underrepresented groups and members of organizations serving these groups in emerging fields of science and technology. Focuses on innovative, transformative initiatives in recruiting, training, mentoring, and retaining diverse populations for full participation in the nation's research and education enterprise. The research agenda of these projects should advance cross-cultural team science.

Initiatives may focus on, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:

  • Evidence-based use of virtual learning venues, including the blending of formal, cyber, and informal learning experiences from middle school to career advancement levels
  • Use of cybertechnology to attract, retain, and advance learners from underrepresented groups for increased engagement in potentially transformative research
  • Broadening participation of underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and rural communities in STEM research and education
  • Employing innovative concepts for community engagement that include higher education/K-12/community partnerships of STEM students from underrepresented groups
  • Producing and using broadly adaptable curricular and pedagogical materials, learning technologies, and institutional models for preparing and engaging diverse STEM communities motivated to participate at the frontiers of science and engineering. 

Key Dates and Deadlines:

6/3/2013         Notification to ORSP of intent to submit proposal (optional)

6/10/2013       Draft proposals due to ORSP (optional, for those who want editing help)

7/3/2013         Completed proposals due to vcrsp@olemiss.edu (5pm, CT)

7/10/2013       Proposals due to NSF (5PM, CT)

Full Solicitation: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13553/nsf13553.htm

Limitations: There is no limit to the number of proposals UM can submit, nor the number of proposals that individuals can participate on as a PI. However, those interested in submitting are encouraged to notify Jason Hale or their Program Development Specialist, especially if you are interested in our helping you to identify proposal collaborators within the institution.