National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation was created to promote the progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare, and to secure the national defense by supporting research and education across a broad range of disciplines.

TEG’s Experience with NSF:

  1. Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) – designed to advance evidence-based understanding of STEM learning opportunities in informal environments through multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning and innovative evaluation assessment of STEM learning in informal environments.
  2. Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) – designed to enhance the learning and teaching of STEM by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM approaches that build on research in STEM education and result in research-informed and field-tested evaluation outcomes that inform teaching and learning.
  3. Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) – designed to promote creative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning for undergraduate students with replication of evaluation studies to produce deeper knowledge about the effectiveness and transferability of evaluation findings.
  4. Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) -  designed to improve collaborative efforts to enhance the preparation, participation, and contributions of individuals from groups that have been historically underrepresented and underserved in the STEM.
  5. Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) – engages students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase awareness and interest of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue education for those occupations; and (3) develop content knowledge needed for entering the STEM workforce.
  6. GenCyber - provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for students and teachers to: (1) increase awareness of K-12 cybersecurity content and career opportunities; (2) Increase student diversity in cybersecurity college and career readiness pathways; and (3) Facilitate teacher readiness to deliver cybersecurity content for the K-12 classroom.
  7. Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) – designed to bring together the statistics, mathematics, and theoretical computer science communities to develop the theoretical foundations of data science through integrated research and training activities.
  8. Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) – supports institutions of higher education to fund scholarships for academically talented low-income students and to student and implement a program of activities that support their recruitment, retention, and graduation in STEM.