2019 National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

The Syracuse University Office of Research pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)  competition. Click here to view the full competition information.

NSF Program Announcement: Link to external program announcement
Number of Possible Awardees: 3
Internal Submission Due Date: Friday, September 20, 2019, 5:00 PM
Selection Notifications: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
NSF Full Proposal Deadline: November 6, 2019

A Limited Submission is a funding opportunity for which the sponsor sets an institutional limit for the number of proposals it will accept. In order to participate, Syracuse University must organize to submit our most competitive proposal(s). This requires an internal competition.

For this NSF program, Syracuse University may serve as lead on no more than three (3) proposals submitted to the November deadline. However, an institution or organization may partner as a subawardee on other proposals submitted. An individual may be included as a Principal Investigator (PI) /Co-PI on no more than three (3) proposals submitted to the November deadline.

I. Synopsis of the NSF AISL Program

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.

The AISL program’s priorities are:

  1. Maximizing Strategic Impact
  2. Enhancing Knowledge-Building
  3. Promoting Innovation
  4. Advancing Collaboration
  5. Strengthening Infrastructure and Building Capacity
  6. Broadening Participation.

Through these priorities, described in more detail throughout the solicitation, the program contributes to STEM engagement and literacy, workforce development, and educational success. It may also narrow the gap between the advancements in scientific discovery and the public’s understanding of science.

AISL program investments should be of interest and utility to public audiences, informal STEM practitioners, and decision-makers. All proposals must articulate clear rationales describing why a project is primarily informal and how it adds value to the informal STEM learning community.

The AISL program supports six types of projects:

  1. Pilots and Feasibility projects: up to $300,000 (up to 2 years)
  2. Research in Service to Practice projects: from $300,000 to $2,000,000 (2 to 5 years)
  3. Innovations in Development projects: $500,000 to $3,000,000 (2 to 5 years)
  4. Broad Implementation projects: from $1,000,000 to $3,000,000 (3 to 5 years)
  5. Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-analyses projects: up to $250,000 (up to 2 years)
  6. Conferences: up to $250,000 (up to 2 years)

II. Limited Submission Selection Process

Syracuse University may serve as lead on no more than three (3) proposals submitted to the November deadline. Each team interested in submitting an proposal must submit a limited submission proposal by the stated deadline. If the number of proposals submitted exceeds the number that the University can submit to the sponsor, peer review will be triggered. Under the peer review process, limited submission applications will be evaluated by members of the Chancellor’s Cabinet or their designees. This group will rank the proposals on the likelihood of receiving funding based on NSF merit review criteria. Others’ expertise may be sought to assess the merit of the request and/or impact on Syracuse University.

The PIs of projects selected to move forward with full proposals will be notified by email on or before Tuesday, October 1. Per the sponsor restrictions, no more than three submissions will be selected.

At the discretion of the Office of Research, internal proposals submitted past the internal deadline will be considered for a full submission to the sponsor, on a case-by-case basis, if the addition of a proposal would not exceed our institutional limit.

Questions: Email LimitedSubmissions@syr.edu

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