The NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Life STEM (NSF 16-143)  provides a mechanism for researchers to create, implement, and evaluate innovative models of intervention in STEM (with particular attention to life science and bioscience), beginning in elementary school through undergraduate studies. Through this opportunity, NSF invites eligible organizations to submit research proposals that create, implement, and evaluate models of intervention that will advance the knowledge base for establishing and retaining underrepresented minorities in STEM fields with particular attention to life science and the biosciences. Researchers from minority-serving institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, are particularly encouraged to apply.

NSF DCL Life STEM programs – deadlines and links to solicitations/resources

 ITEST   9/5/2017.....(NSF 17-565 )         Resource Center           ITESTWebinar

HBCU-UP.....(NSF 16-548)
... RIA                                                    7/25/2017        10/3/2017
... TIP, BPR, Implementation,       9/5/2017          11/7/2017
         and ACE Projects 
...  BPR  Center                                    3/21/2017        11/22/2017

ECR - 9/14/2017 .....(NSF15-509)

AISL- 11/6/2017.....(NSF 17-573 )       
Resource Center at . www.informalscience.org/

DRK-12 11/14/2017....(NSF 17-584
Searchable database of DR K-12 portfolio at . www.cadrek12.org

IUSE:EHRTBD    Active Solicitation has not been released.  NSF 15-585 was the most recent with 01/11/2017 deadline.

NEW:  Dear Colleague Letter: Announcement of an Effort to Expand the NSF INCLUDES National Network  (NSF 17-111)                        11/13/2017

With support form the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (EHR/DRL), the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network and MERAssociates, LLC (MERA) coordinated three regional capacity-building workshops about effective models of intervention focused on broadening participation of underrepresented minority students in STEM fields, particularly in life science and bioscience. The workshops provided excellent opportunities for sharing best practices about preparing and retaining underrepresented minority students in STEM fields; developing networks to promote collaborative and/or interdisciplinary research; and learning about funding opportunities across the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources.

The two-day workshops were hosted by Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana; Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Rutgers University-Newark in New Jersey. Sessions were led by national experts in STEM education research and academic-focused interventions for improving STEM education from the early grades through the undergraduate level. NSF Program Officers made presentations, provided guidance, and co-led interactive sessions with workshop participants.


Dr. Oliver W. Hill

Dr. Odis Johnson, Jr.

Dr. Arthur B. Powell

Dr. Michelle Williams