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NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)

To: Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological, Physical, & Social Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date: December 06, 2016
Subject: NSF INCLUDES 17-522
Deadline for Internal Review: December 28, 2016

Project Description

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields. NSF INCLUDES supports efforts to create networked relationships among organizations whose goals include developing talent from all sectors of society to build the STEM workforce. This initiative seeks to improve collaborative efforts aimed at enhancing the preparation, increasing the participation, and ensuring the contributions of individuals from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise: women, persons with disabilities, African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Significant advancement in the inclusion of these groups will result in a new generation of STEM talent and leadership to secure our nation’s future and long-term economic competitiveness.

Amount per Award:  Up to $300,000
Duration of Award:  2 Years
Number of Awards:  Up to 25 Design and Development Launch Pilot Projects awards


An organization may serve as the lead institution on only one Design and Development Launch Pilot preliminary or full proposal, although it may serve as a collaborating partner on other proposals.

An individual may serve as a PI or Co-PI on only two (2) Design and Development Launch Pilot preliminary or full proposals


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Referring to the NSF Program Solicitation, please attach a PDF containing information in the following subject areas:

  • Project Summary (1 page): Provide a title and overview of the proposed Design and Development Launch Project.
  • Project Description: Maximum 5 pages total, containing the two following sections:
    • Personnel (1 Page): Provide a list of project personnel plus each person’s institutional affiliation, and a brief description of that person’s role(s) in the project.
    • Project (This section is limited to four pages and must address separately both the intellectual merit and broader impacts.)

The most competitive preliminary proposal project narratives will address the following questions:

    1. Vision: What broadening participation challenge(s) will be addressed and what is the broader vision of the partnership, network, or alliance for effecting change? What innovative strategies will be used? How do those strategies build upon previous efforts? How are the strategies unique from what was done in the past by the participating organizations?
    2. Partnerships: Which institutions are the proposed partners and what is the evidence that the partnership will be able to use social innovation frameworks such as collective impact to achieve the goals of the project? What expertise do the partnering organizations bring to the effort?
    3. Goals and Metrics: What is the preliminary strategic plan to address the broadening participation challenge(s) identified above, including goals and measurable objectives? Which specific objectives will be addressed by the pilot, and why will successfully addressing these objectives position the PIs to launch a successful, expanded NSF INCLUDES Alliance? What types of data will be collected and how will data be used?
    4. Leadership and Communication: How will the collaboration build capacity for leadership among all partnering organizations? How will the network provide for collective leadership among the partnering organizations? How will project activities and outcomes be broadly shared with the communities of interest?
    5. Potential for Expansion, Impact and Scale: How will the pilot project’s activities contribute to next steps for a research agenda and development plan to expand the network of organizations and activities into a broader alliance? What strategies will be used to getting the project to scale? What will be the overall contribution to broadening participation in the nation’s scientific workforce?

Sponsor Deadlines

Preliminary Proposal are due to National Science Foundation by February 14, 2017. Applications are due to National Science Foundation by May 16, 2017.


Contact Dave Schuster (608) 263-7274 or email