Deadline: February 15, 2017

Agency/Sponsor: National Science Foundation


Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: 

  • What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice? 
  • Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why? 

Factors one might consider include: 

  • honor codes
  • professional ethics codes and licensing requirements
  • an ethic of service and/or service learning 
  • life-long learning requirements
  • curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals
  • institutions that serve under-represented groups 
  • institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels 
  • institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum
  • programs that promote group work, or do not grade

Do certain labs have a 'culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings? 


Universities, colleges, non-profits, non-academic organizations in the U.S. may apply. Proposals for awards from minority-serving institutions (e.g. Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Alaska  Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions), women's colleges, and institutions primarily serving persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. 


$3,150,000 for 6-8 awards. The maximum amount for 5-year awards is $600,000 and the maximum amount for 3-year awards is $400,000. 

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