Listed in Order of Earliest Deadlines:


Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP(NSF 16-548)


Letter of Intent:

Research Initiation Awards - 7/25/2017

Targeted Infusion Projects, Broadening Participation Research Projects, Implementation Projects, ACE Implementation Projects - 9/5/2017


Full Proposal Deadlines:

Research Initiation Awards - 10/3/2017

Targeted Infusion Projects, Broadening Participation Research Projects, Implementation Projects, ACE Implementation Projects - 11/7/2017

Broadening Participation Research Center - 11/22/2017 (Prerequisite:  Letter of Intent by 3/21/2017)


Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST

(NSF17-565)  ITEST Resource Center


ITEST Recent Webinar recording



EHR Core Research (ECR) - 9/14/2017 (NSF15-509)


Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) - 11/6/2017

(NSF 17-573)  Center for the Advancement Of Informal Science Education at www.informalscience.org/



Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) - 11/14/2017

(NSF 17-584
A searchable database of the DR K-12 portfolio is available at www.cadrek12.org.


Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE:EHR- TBD

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

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.

The QEM/MERA Broadening Participation of MSIs in Life STEM (BP-MSI Life STEM) initiative is a movement engaging minority-serving institutions (MSIs) that are committed to developing and sharing effective models of intervention focused on broadening participation of underrepresented minority students in STEM fields, particularly in life science and bioscience.  The overall objective of this movement is to increase the number of competitive grant proposals from MSIs to the NSF Life STEM Programs. The JUNE 2017 workshop serieswas just one effort in a set of strategies that QEM and MERA designed to develop a powerful network of MSIs that are promoting collaborative and interdisciplinary research, learning about funding opportunities, and building their internal as well as external capacity in STEM education. QEM and MERA are committed to providing institutional teams participating in the workshops with ongoing resources and technical assistance to develop their Life STEM proposals.

LISTSERV:  To facilitate fulfillment of our stated purpose and objectives, we have created a listserv for LifeSTEM workshop participants.  We will use the listserv to provide access to resources and information that will support and enhance institutional teams' capacity to develop competitive proposals.  We plan to deliver new information via the listserv as well as the project website on a weekly basis.
WEBINARS:  QEM and MERA also plan to host a Life STEM Webinar series beginning in August 2017, with continued support from the National Science Foundation (DRL-173812).  The webinars will support regional workshop participants’ efforts to prepare and submit competitive Life STEM proposals. Workshop speaker and project consultant, Dr. Odis Johnson, Jr., will serve as a national expert for the webinar series.

Please visit the BP-MSI-LifeSTEM Resources page for information on the Life STEM programs and related NSF-funded resource Centers, including the deadlines and solicitations. Please review the information for the programs that best fit your research and proposal development plans.