Sponsored by National Science Foundation, Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Eligibility: Public, Private
Award(s): Grants up to $250,000 are awarded.
Deadline(s): Applications are due January 7, 2022.
Focus: Academic/Early Career Research, Equity and Diversity, Museums, Native/Tribal American, Technology Equipment/Devices, Underserved Populations/At Risk
Grade Level(s): Higher Ed
Content Area(s): Mathematics, Science
Description: The purpose of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Launching Early Career Academic Pathways program is to broaden participation of new research scientists from groups underrepresented in the mathematical and physical sciences, including Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Native Pacific Islanders. Expectations are to develop research plans suitable for continued NSF support that increase the participation of investigators from underrepresented groups, and build a cadre of scientists who can serve as role models for the US scientific workforce of the future. There is a focus on institutions of higher education that do not traditionally receive significant NSF funding in the mathematical and physical sciences.
Eligible applicants are US two- and four-year accredited institutions of higher education, including community colleges, acting on behalf of faculty members. Applications are encouraged from Minority-Serving Institutions of higher education, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions; predominantly undergraduate institutions; and Research 2 universities as defined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Eligible principal investigators are researchers in pretenure track academic positions who have not previously served as principal or coprincipal investigators on NSF research grants, with doctoral degrees in the mathematics or the physical sciences, and who are US citizens or legally admitted permanent residents. Cost sharing and matching funds are not required. Applications must be submitted online.
Contact: Sarah Higdon, Program Officer
Division of Astronomical Sciences
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Rebecca Peebles, Program Officer
Division of Chemistry
Souleymane O. Diallo, Program Officer
Division of Materials Research
Yuliya Gorb, Program Officer
Division of Mathematical Sciences
Kathleen V. McCloud, Program Officer
Division of Physics
Michelle Bushey, Program Officer
Office of Multidisciplinary Activities