The National Science Foundation (NSF) is currently seeking proposals for research opportunities aimed at improving teaching and learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, including Computing (STEM-C). The opportunities – jointly known as STEM-C Partnerships – support research to promote effective K-12 STEM education in ways that improve teaching and learning to deepen understanding and interest in STEM.
The first opportunity will support research partnerships composed of at least two core partners for both implementation and prototype awards. Implementation awards focus on the development and implementation of innovative approaches and strategies in education, and prototype awards focus on exploring potentially innovative approaches and strategies.
The second opportunity is aimed exclusively at computer science (CS). A Broadening Participation and Education in Computing (BPEC) track aims to build a knowledge base on the effective teaching and learning of computing skills. A CS 10K track is aimed at developing an evidence-based foundation for teaching introductory high school computing courses.
Both solicitations include a Computer Science Education Expansion track that is focused on expanding the computer science education efforts of previously funded NSF Partnerships.
A total of up $57 million is available under the first solicitation, and up to $10 million under the second. Eligible applicants include universities and colleges, non-profit organizations, and state and local governments. All applications are due by March 18, 2014. Words for Good has considerable experience writing and managing NSF applications.