ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Next deadline: Apr 28, 2022 (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Aug 1, 2022 (Letter of inquiry), Aug 5, 2022 (Full proposal), Oct 6, 2022 (Full proposal), Nov 2, 2022 (Full proposal), Apr 27, 2023 (Pre proposal), Aug 4, 2023 (Full proposal), Aug 7, 2023 (Letter of inquiry), Oct 5, 2023 (Full proposal), Nov 3, 2023 (Full proposal), Apr 25, 2024 (Pre proposal), Aug 2, 2024 (Full proposal), Aug 5, 2024 (Letter of inquiry), Oct 3, 2024 (Full proposal), Nov 6, 2024 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $300,000 - US $3,000,000

Fields of work: Women's Rights & Equality

Applicant type: College / University

Funding uses: Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

Overview:

NOTE: Submission deadlines are due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time on the following dates: 

  • Adaptation and Partnership Tracks:
    • Letters of Intent are only required for Adaptation and Partnership tracks. Submitting a letter of intent automatically allows you to submit a full proposal. Work on the full proposal should have started well before the letter of intent deadline.
      • Letters of intent are due on: August 02, 2021; August 01, 2022; August 07, 2023; and August 05, 2024.
    • Partnership and Adaptation full proposal deadline - if you submitted a letter of intent then you can submit the full proposal. Work on the full proposal should have started well before the letter of intent deadline.
      • Full proposals are due on: February 04, 2021; November 03, 2021; November 02, 2022; November 03, 2023; and November 06, 2024.
  • Institutional Transformation Proposals:
    • IT-Preliminary proposal Target Date - preliminary proposals are only required for institutions of higher education that want to submit a full Institutional Transformation proposal. IT-preliminary proposals are accepted before and after the target date.
      • Preliminary proposals are due on: April 22, 2021; April 28, 2022; April 27, 2023; and April 25, 2024.
    • Institutional Transformation proposals - only IHEs encouraged by NSF after review of an IT-Preliminary proposal should submit a full IT proposal – IT proposals are accepted before and after the target date.
      • Full proposals are due on: October 27, 2021; October 06, 2022; October 05, 2023; and October 03, 2024.
  • Catalyst Proposals:
    • Catalyst proposals are accepted before and after the target date. Please contact the program office before submitting a proposal to discuss timing for submission.
      • August 07, 2020; August 06, 2021; August 05, 2022; August 04, 2023; and August 02, 2024.

The NSF ADVANCE program contributes to the National Science Foundation's goal of a more diverse and capable science and engineering workforce.1 In this solicitation, the NSF ADVANCE program seeks to build on prior NSF ADVANCE work and other research and literature concerning gender, racial, and ethnic equity. The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM2 faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. The NSF ADVANCE program provides grants to enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and to mitigate the systemic factors that create inequities in the academic profession and workplaces. Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate. For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement, and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards. Similarly, policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could lead to women and racial and ethnic minorities being evaluated less favorably, perpetuating historical under-participation in STEM academic careers and contributing to an academic climate that is not inclusive.

All NSF ADVANCE proposals are expected to use intersectional approaches in the design of systemic change strategies in recognition that gender, race and ethnicity do not exist in isolation from each other and from other categories of social identity. The solicitation includes four funding tracks: Institutional Transformation (IT), Adaptation, Partnership, and Catalyst, in support of the NSF ADVANCE program goal to broaden the implementation of systemic strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession.

  • The Institutional Transformation (IT) track is designed to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative systemic change strategies that promote gender equity for STEM faculty within an institution of higher education.
  • The Adaptation track is designed to support the work to adapt, implement, and evaluate evidence-based systemic change strategies that have been shown to promote gender equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. Adaptation projects can either: 1) support the adaptation of evidence-based systemic change strategies to promote equity for STEM faculty within an institution of higher education; or 2) facilitate national or regional STEM disciplinary transformation by adapting evidence-based systemic change strategies to non-profit, non-academic organizations.
  • The Partnership track is designed to support the work to facilitate the broader adaptation of gender equity and systemic change strategies. Partnership projects are expected to result in national or regional transformation in STEM academic workplaces and the academic profession and demonstrate significant reach. Partnership projects can focus on the transformation of institutions and organizations and/or the transformation within one or more STEM disciplines.
  • The Catalyst track is designed to broaden the types of IHEs that are able to undertake data collection and institutional self-assessment work to identify systemic gender inequities impacting their STEM faculty so that these can be addressed by the institution.

Please note that NSF ADVANCE does not provide fellowships, research, or travel grants to individual students, postdoctoral researchers, or faculty to pursue STEM degrees or research. Undergraduate STEM opportunities can be found at stemundergrads.science.gov and graduate STEM opportunities here

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