NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) 2014

To: Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological, Physical & Social Sciences
From: Dave Schuster, Graduate School
Date: March 31, 2014
Subject: NSF - Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)
(formerly Ethics Education in Science & Engineering (EESE))


{excerpt}Nominations are due at the Graduate School on April 14, 2014
Deadline for internal competition is TBD.{/excerpt}

Project Description:

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice? Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?

Successful proposals will include a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or other factors.

CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.

Anticipated Award Amount:  $381,250 - $508,000.  Maximum award duration is 5 years.
Estimated Number of Awards: 6 to 8


The number of proposals UW–Madison may submit as lead institution is limited to one.
There is no limit on the number of proposals under which an organization may be included as a non-lead collaborator or sub-awardee.



This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions.

Internal Competition Application Instructions:

Notice of intent: Send an email message to gsgrants@grad.wisc.edu with "NSF CCE STEM" in the subject line by April 14, 2014 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal. Please include the following in your email message:

  • Name and contact information for the PI
  • Brief description of the project
  • Partnering organizations

PIs will be notified if an internal competition is necessary.

For the project selected, the proposal must be submitted using FastLane or grants.gov. Information about campus procedures for FastLane or grants.gov is posted on the RSP Web site. The full proposal is due on June 17, 2014, 5 pm CST.

If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Dave Schuster (608) 263-7274 or email gsgrants@grad.wisc.edu