Slots: 1 total. Eligible IHEs can submit one proposal to IT-Preliminary, Adaptation, OR Catalyst.
Internal Deadline: Contact RII.
LOI: Adaptation and Partnership only: August 7, 2023; First Monday in August, Annually Thereafter
Preliminary Proposal: IT-Preliminary: April 28, 2023; Fourth Thursday in April, Annually Thereafter. IT-preliminary proposals are accepted before and after the target date.
Adaptation and Partnership: November 1, 2023; First Wednesday in November, Annually Thereafter
Institutional Transformation: October 5, 2023; First Thursday in October, Annually Thereafter
Catalyst: August 4, 2023; First Friday in August, Annually Thereafter. Catalyst proposals are accepted before and after the target date. Please contact the program office before submitting a proposal to discuss timing for submission.
Award Type: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 18 – 36
Anticipated Amount: The total number of awards to be made under this solicitation is estimated to be between 18 and 36 over two fiscal years.
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
- Additionally, in FY 2021, the program anticipates making up to two Institutional Transformation awards for up to $3,000,000 for five-years.
Who May Serve as PI: No restrictions or limits.
Link to Award: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20554/nsf20554.htm
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Research Initiatives and Infrastructure (RII) Application Portal: https://rii.usc.edu/oor-portal/. Use the template provided here: RII Limited Submission Applicant Template
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Two-Page Proposal Summary (1” margins; single-spaced; standard font type, e.g. Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 2-page limit will be excluded from review. You must use the template linked above.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM2 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, in support of the NSF ADVANCE program goal to broaden the implementation of systemic strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. For more information on each category, see the link above.
The Institutional Transformation (IT) track is designed to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative systemic change strategies that promote gender equity for STEM faculty within an institution of higher education.
The Adaptation track is designed to support the work to adapt, implement, and evaluate evidence-based systemic change strategies that have been shown to promote gender equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. Adaptation projects can either: 1) support the adaptation of evidence-based systemic change strategies to promote equity for STEM faculty within an institution of higher education; or 2) facilitate national or regional STEM disciplinary transformation by adapting evidence-based systemic change strategies to non-profit, non-academic organizations.
The Partnership track is designed to support the work to facilitate the broader adaptation of gender equity and systemic change strategies. Partnership projects are expected to result in national or regional transformation in STEM academic workplaces and the academic profession and demonstrate significant reach. Partnership projects can focus on the transformation of institutions and organizations and/or the transformation within one or more STEM disciplines.
The Catalyst track is designed to broaden the types of IHEs that are able to undertake data collection and institutional self-assessment work to identify systemic gender inequities impacting their STEM faculty so that these can be addressed by the institution.
Budgetary Requirements: Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.