NASA Astrobiology Institute Minority Institution Research Support Program

Proposal Due Oct. 7

The NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program is intended to help train a new generation of researchers in astrobiology and to increase diversity within the astrobiology community. This solicitation seeks proposals to continue the process of recruiting and retaining underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by involving faculty and students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in astrobiology research.

NASA is soliciting proposals from accredited US institutions of higher education, non-profit higher education professional organizations, and consortia of those types of organizations and institutions. Proposals from MSIs and non-profit organizations serving underrepresented students are strongly encouraged. Other organizations, including for-profit organizations, with a demonstrable capability to engage minority populations are also eligible to propose.

The full text of the solicitation can be found at: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/. The point-of-contact for all questions is Ms. Beatrice Morales at beatrice.m.morales@nasa.gov.

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NASA Seeks Partnerships for Summer of Innovation Project

Responses Due Sept. 3

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is requesting information from entities interested in participating in its Summer of Innovation project. SoI engages the nation’s middle school youth in intensive science, technology, engineering and mathematics experiences that will have an impace on their academic performance, choice of STEM coursework, degree programs and, eventually, career path. NASA is looking for partners to develop creative ways to help achieve one or more SoI goals and to increase the impact and visibility of SoI.

NASA is receptive to a wide range of creative partnership possibilities. Respondents may include, but are not limited to, the following: for-profit companies; universities and other academic institutions; libraries; informal or nonprofit organizations; professional or public organizations; and federal agencies.

To view this announcement, please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/472104main_SoI_PartnershipAO_Aug19.pdf

To learn more about the Summer of Innovation, please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/soi

Additional questions about this opportunity may be directed to soipartners@nasa.gov

NASA Seeking Proposal for Two New Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy Sites

Proposals due 4 p.m, Sept. 3, 2010

NASA is seeking proposals to establish two new SEMAA sites. Established in 1993, the Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy is an innovative, pre-college project designed to increase participation and retention of historically underrepresented youth (grades K-12) in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

Through this new RFP, NASA is seeking to partner with two- and four-year institutions, specifically minority-serving institution, to expand and replicate the SEMAA project to include two additional sites. Interested institutions responding to the RFP are encouraged to partner with local school systems to introduce underserved minority students and their families to the project.

A downloadable version of the Official SEMAA RFP can be found on the NASA portal by accessing http://www.nasa.gov/education/semaa

Questions should be directed to Janice Costaras at nasasemaa@paragon-tec.com

NOAA’s Office of Education Requesting Applications for Formal K-12 Education Projects Advancing Earth Systems Science Learning and Stewardship

Full Applications Due 5 p.m., Jan. 12, 2011

NOAA’s Office of Education (OEd) has issued a request for applications for Formal K-12 Education Projects that advance inquiry-based Earth systems science learning and stewardship directly tied to the school curriculum, with a particular interest in increasing climate literacy.

To address this goal, the solicitation will support service-learning and professional development projects related to NOAA’s mission in the areas of ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather and climate sciences and stewardship. Please note that projects related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are highly encouraged. A successful project will catalyze change in K-12 education at the state, regional and national level through the development of new programs and/or revision of existing programs to improve the environmental literacy of K-12 teachers and their students. A successful project will also leverage NOAA assets, although the use of non-NOAA assets is also encouraged.

For further information, please visit: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/funding_opps.html

Opportunities For Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences

Letter of Intent Due Oct. 1; Full Proposal Due Nov. 10

The Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG) Program is designed to address the fact that certain groups are underrepresented in the geosciences relative to their proportions in the general population. Goals of the OEDG Program are to increase participation in the geosciences by minorities, and to increase the perceived relevance of the geosciences among diverse segments of the population. The OEDG Program supports activities that will increase the number of members of underrepresented groups who:

– Are involved in formal pre-college geoscience education programs;
– Pursue and earn associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in the geosciences;
– Enter geoscience careers; and
– Participate in informal geoscience education programs.

The OEDG Program offers three funding Tracks: OEGD Planning Grants, Proof-of-Concept (short-term) project, and Full-Scale (long-term) projects.

To view the Proposal Solicitation, please visit: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10599/nsf10599.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

NASA Astrobiology Institute Minorit Institution Research Support Program

Proposal Due Oct. 7

The NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program is intended to help train a new generation of researchers in astrobiology and to increase diversity within the astrobiology community. This solicitation seeks proposals to continue the process of recruiting and retaining underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by involving faculty and students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in astrobiology research.

NASA is soliciting proposals from accredited US institutions of higher education, non-profit higher education professional organizations, and consortia of those types of organizations and institutions. Proposals from MSIs and non-profit organizations serving underrepresented students are strongly encouraged. Other organizations, including for-profit organizations, with a demonstrable capability to engage minority populations are also eligible to propose.

The full text of the solicitation can be found at: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/. The point-of-contact for all questions is Ms. Beatrice Morales at beatrice.m.morales@nasa.gov.

NSF Seeks Proposals for Transforming STEM Learning

Full Proposal Due March 11, 2011

TSL combines interests and resources of separate programs in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) to explore the opportunities and challenges implied by innovative visions of the future for STEM learning. The TSL program invites interdisciplinary teams to submit proposals for the following categories:

Challenge 1: Studying Existing Examples of Innovative Models for STEM Education: We invite proposals for descriptive and analytic research projects that will study existing innovations to determine how and what students are learning, and features of successful programs. Proposals for work on those objectives should involve interdisciplinary teams, as appropriate, of STEM-related specialists and experts.

Challenge 2: Designing, Developing, and Studying New Structural Models for STEM Learning Environments: We invite proposals for planning and pilot development projects from interdisciplinary teams of STEM-related specialists and experts. The aim of these projects would be the development and study of new models for STEM learning environments that produce learners with understanding and skills to engage in scientific, engineering, technical, and mathematical thinking and practices. They should yield learning outcomes markedly superior to the yield of current practices in STEM education.

Questions may be directed to DRLTSL@nsf.gov

To view the full solicitation, please visit: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10602/nsf10602.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click