Deadline: March 29, 2017

Agency/Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Website: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505006&org=NSF

The National Science Foundation will be accepting proposals for STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) due on March 29, 2017. This funding opportunity is focused on advances to the integration of computational thinking and computing activities in early childhood education through high school (pre-K-12) to provide a strong and developmental foundation in computing and computational thinking through the integration of computing in STEM teaching and learning, and/or the applied integration of STEM content in pre-K-12 computer science education. NSF requires interdisciplinary collaboration for this program.

The categories for funding are:

  1. Exploratory Integration: (up to $1,250,000); maximum duration three years. Exploratory Integration supports creative, highly innovative work, such as development of prototypes; pilot testing of new tools and models; conducting innovative research on teaching and learning; designing and studying new pedagogical environments; identifying, adapting, or designing instruments to measure learning processes; modifying instructional practice; or conducting research to provide proof-of-concept and preliminary evidence. Investigators may propose smaller scale exploratory work for a lower budget and shorter duration period under this category. Projects in this category, depending on research findings, may serve as prototypes or pilots for ideas to be expanded in future proposals.
  2. Design and Development: (up to $2,500,000); maximum duration three years. Design and Development supports proposals that build on prior evidence demonstrating promise for impact on student or teacher learning in classrooms, schools, out-of-school environments, or other learning settings. Investigators may propose interventions for design, research, implementation, and testing that, based upon prior evidence, can potentially advance and innovate new learning, teaching, and pedagogical environments suitable for advancing integration of computing in one or more STEM disciplines. Projects in this category are expected to contribute substantial research findings to advance pre-K-12 STEM teaching or learning and/or computer science education, pre-K-12. Plans should be articulated for dissemination of results to researchers, practitioners, and if applicable, industry
  3. Field-Building Conferences and Workshops: (up to $250,000); maximum duration two years. The program encourages proposals that have potential to expand the field of STEM + computing and evidence leading to effective, interdisciplinary integration of computing within other STEM disciplines. Budgets for conferences and workshops are expected to be consistent with the duration of the event and the number of participants. 



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