Sponsored by National Science Foundation
Eligibility: Public, Private, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s): Grants up to $2 million per year for up to five years are awarded.
Deadline(s): Letters of Intent are due October 4, 2021. Applications are due January 25, 2022.
Focus: Engineering, STEM/STEAM/STREAM, Underserved Populations/At Risk
Grade Level(s): Higher Ed
Content Area(s): Mathematics, Science
Themes and Skills: Critical Thinking, Digital Literacy
Description: Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance US leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations. NSF INCLUDES supports efforts to develop talent from all sectors of society to build an inclusive STEM workforce. The initiative aims to improve the preparation, increase the participation, and ensure the contributions of individuals from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise, including women, members of racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and persons with low socioeconomic status.
NSF INCLUDES focuses on the five design elements of collaborative infrastructure to achieve systemic change. Collaborative infrastructure refers to the process by which partnering organizations come together to map out mutually reinforcing activities through: (1) shared vision, (2) partnerships, (3) goals and metrics, (4) leadership and communication, and (5) expansion, sustainability and scale. Through these five design elements of collaborative infrastructure, the successful implementation of NSF INCLUDES will result in substantial advances toward a diverse, innovative, and well-prepared STEM workforce to support our Nation’s economy and continued U.S. leadership in the global STEM enterprise. It is anticipated that NSF’s investment will contribute to new and improved STEM career pathways, policies, opportunities to learn, and practices for equity and inclusion. The initiative is supported by the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub (www.includesnetwork.org) that provides a framework for communication and networking, network assistance and reinforcement, and visibility and expansion for the NSF INCLUDES National Network as a whole.
Contact: National Science Foundation
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