Grant opportunities: National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is sponsoring several grants to support faculty and staff in their efforts to assist GRCC students in achieving a postsecondary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Please read the following summaries and email Kim Squiers ( and Lisa Dopke ( in the GRCC Grants Department for more information.

Racial Equity in STEM Education
Deadlines: July 13, 2021 and October 12, 2021

Persistent racial injustices and inequalities in the United States have led to renewed concern and interest in addressing systemic racism. The NSF seeks to support bold and transformative projects addressing systemic racism in STEM. Proposals should advance racial equity in STEM education and workforce development through research (both fundamental and applied) and practice. Competitive proposals will clearly demonstrate how the project advances racial equity and addresses systemic racism.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Deadline: August 25, 2021

The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)
Deadline: Winter 2021-2022 (specific date depends on the track and level pursued)

IUSE: EHR supports projects that bring recent advances in STEM knowledge into undergraduate education, that adapt, improve, and incorporate evidence-based practices into STEM teaching and learning, and that lay the groundwork for institutional improvement in STEM education. The IUSE: EHR program promotes (1) Engaged Student Learning: the development, testing, and use of teaching practices and curricular innovations that will engage students and improve learning, persistence, and retention in STEM, and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation: the transformation of colleges and universities to implement and sustain highly effective STEM teaching and learning. All projects must: demonstrate a strong rationale for project objectives or incorporate and build on educational practices that are demonstrably effective; contribute to the development of exemplary undergraduate STEM education; add to the body of knowledge about what works in undergraduate STEM education; and measure project progress and achievement of project goals.

Advancing Innovation and Impact in Undergraduate STEM Education at Two-year Institutions of Higher Education
Deadline: May 2, 2022

NSF seeks to support research, development, implementation, and assessment to improve STEM education at two-year colleges. NSF encourages bold, potentially transformative projects that address immediate challenges facing STEM education at two-year colleges and/or anticipate new structures and functions of the STEM learning and teaching enterprise. This program is a targeted approach for advancing innovative and evidence-based practices in undergraduate STEM education at two-year colleges. It also seeks to support systemic approaches to advance inclusive and equitable STEM education practices.

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