Call for Proposals – NSF STEM Talent Expansion Program Centers (STEP Centers) – Due August 4, 2010
From the National Science Foundation, a call for proposals for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program Centers (STEP Centers):
The STEP Centers competition allows a group of faculty representing a cross section of institutions of higher education to identify a national challenge or opportunity in undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to propose a comprehensive and coordinated set of activities that will be carried out to address that challenge or opportunity within a national context. In the current competition, efforts must be related to the biological sciences, engineering, or the geological sciences.
The NSF is expecting to fund three centers, one in each of biological sciences, engineering, and earth sciences, with $6 million in funding for fiscal year 2011. Vanderbilt faculty members from those disciplines are welcome to talk with CFT staff about possible proposals. More broadly, it’s worth noting that the NSF provides significant funding for undergraduate education initiatives at the national level. Vanderbilt is already a member of one such initiative, the CIRTL Network.