Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Division of Computer and Network Systems
Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s): Awards vary.
Deadline(s): Applications are due June 14, 2021, January 20, 2022, and the third Thursday in January, annually thereafter.
Focus: Academic/Early Career Research, Equity and Diversity, Library/Media, Museums, Native/Tribal American, Professional Development, Technology Education/Computer Science, Technology Equipment/Devices, Underserved Populations/At Risk
Grade Level(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Higher Ed
Themes and Skills: Digital Literacy
Description: The purpose of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Broadening Participation in Computing program is to significantly increase the number of US citizens and permanent residents receiving postsecondary degrees, and to encourage participation of underrepresented groups in the computing disciplines from kindergarten through grade 12 schools through to the computing workforce. Expectations are to engage the computing community to develop and implement innovative methods, frameworks, and strategies to improve the recruitment and retention of students who persist to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees. Projects must have potential for widespread, national impact and should either develop effective practices that could be widely deployed or deploy existing effective practices to reach larger audiences. Targeted student groups are women, persons with disabilities, Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
Proposals are accepted in the following categories:
• Alliances of broad coalitions of academic institutions, kindergarten through grade 12 schools, government, industry, professional societies, and other nonprofit organizations that design and carry out comprehensive programs addressing underrepresentation in the computing disciplines. Projects should have a large regional or national scope; operate across multiple stages of the academic pipeline; address one or several underrepresented groups; and serve as a national resource for achieving the transformation of computing education.
• Demonstration projects that pilot innovative programs with potential to scale up for widespread impact and that advance understanding of effective teaching and learning of computing for students from groups underrepresented in the field.
• Supplements to existing NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering research awards to engage more members of the computing research community into efforts to broaden participation in computing.
Contact: Jeffrey Forbes, Program Director
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Fay Cobb Payton, Program Director
Allyson Kennedy, Program Director
Michelle L. Rogers, Program Director