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University of Wisconsin–Madison

NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) 2018

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological, Physical and Social Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:July 28, 2017
Subject:NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) NSF 17-573


Deadline for Internal Review:September 11, 2017

Project Description

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; and advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments.

The program supports six types of projects:

(1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies

(2) Research in Service to Practice

(3) Innovations in Development

(4) Broad Implementation

(5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-analyses

(6) Conferences

Please refer to Program Solicitation for Detailed Project Descriptions


Duration of Award:

Number of Awards:   60 to 85


An individual may be included as a PI or Co-PI on no more than 3 proposals.
UW-Madison may submit up to 3 proposals to the AISL program.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Please provide a project overview of no more than 3 pages using the NSF Program Solicitation as guidance, and include the AISL project type.

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to NSF by November 06, 2017.


Contact Dave Schuster (608) 263-7274 or email