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Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Grants to USA IHEs and Professional Societies to
Recruit, Train, and Place K-12 STEM Teachers

GrantWatch ID#: 174403
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National Science Foundation (NSF)

08/29/17 5:00 PM Submitter's Local Time

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Grants to USA higher education institutions and professional societies to encourage students in STEM degree tracks, as well as STEM professionals, to consider a career in K-12 math and science education. Consideration will be given to innovative and creative proposals addressing the critical need to recruit and prepare highly effective elementary and secondary science and math teachers for placement in high-need local education agencies.

Program Description:

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program consists of four tracks: Track 1 - The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships and Stipends (S&S) Track, Track 2 - The NSF Teaching Fellowships (TF) Track, Track 3 - The NSF Master Teaching Fellowships (MTF) Track, and Track 4 - The Noyce Research Track. In addition, funds for Capacity Building awards, which may lead to the development of full proposals in Track 1: S&S, Track 2: TF, or Track 3: MTF, are also supported. Partnerships between four-year institutions and two-year institutions, providing pathways leading to STEM teacher certification, are particularly encouraged. Conferences and workshops consistent with the mission of the intent of the Noyce program are also supported in accordance with the most recent published NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

Track 1: The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships and Stipends Track (S&S)

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships and Stipends Track (S&S) of the Noyce Program offers awards to institutions to recruit and prepare STEM teachers. These projects provide scholarships to undergraduate STEM majors and offer stipends to STEM professionals who become certified STEM teachers.

Required Partners (Track 1: S&S):

In order to be eligible to receive a grant under the S&S Track, the partnership must include:

1. A department within an institution of higher education (IHE) that provides an advanced program of study within a specific discipline in mathematics or the sciences, including engineering and computer science, and either -

a. a department or entity within an IHE that provides a teacher preparation program; or

b. A two-year IHE that has a teacher preparation offering or a dual enrollment program with an IHE; and

2. at least one high-need local educational agency and a public school served by the agency identified as the location in which clinical teaching experiences will occur.

Project Features (Track 1: S&S):

S&S Projects are expected to develop and implement exemplary STEM education programs to recruit and prepare undergraduate STEM majors and/or STEM professionals to become qualified as STEM teachers by:

1. Administering scholarships for undergraduate STEM majors or stipends for STEM professionals; and

2. building evidence-based strategies to offer:

a. academic courses and early clinical teaching experiences, including the preparation necessary to meet requirements for teacher certification or licensing, designed to prepare them to teach mathematics or science in elementary or secondary high-need local educational agencies; and

b. programs both before and after candidates begin teaching to enable the students to become highly effective STEM teachers in high-need local educational agencies, fulfill the teaching service requirements of the S&S track and exchange ideas with others in their fields. As Noyce Scholars will be teaching in high-need local educational agencies, proposals must include a description of how the proposed project will provide Noyce Scholars with the relevant cultural competence, pedagogical knowledge, and disposition to be a successful teacher in a high-need local educational agency. Project activities that follow the preservice component should facilitate the transition into teaching and aid retention during and beyond the obligatory teaching service period.

Proposals may address the undergraduate scholarship component, the STEM professional stipend component, or both. Among the recruitment strategies, proposals may include support for internships for freshman and sophomore undergraduate students with the goal of increasing the number of declared or prospective STEM majors who will enter K-12 STEM teaching as a career. Such experiences may occur in formal or informal STEM education settings such as summer STEM camps, summer school, STEM museums, nature centers, or STEM research laboratories.

Selection of Recipients (Track 1: S&S):

Scholarship recipients and stipend recipients must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens.

Scholarship recipients are expected to be undergraduate students who have attained at least junior status in a STEM baccalaureate degree program. They are expected to be selected primarily on the basis of academic merit, with consideration given to financial need and the diversity of participants in the program. These students must graduate with a major in a STEM discipline and obtain teacher certification or licensing upon completion of the program. Efforts to attract undergraduate STEM majors who may not have previously considered a career in K-12 STEM teaching are particularly encouraged.

Stipend recipients are expected to be STEM professionals (from recent STEM graduates to retirees from STEM professions) who, while receiving the stipend, are enrolled in a program referred to in the Project Features (Track 1: S&S) section above. They are expected to be selected primarily on the basis of academic merit and STEM professional achievement, with consideration given to financial need and the diversity of participants in the program.

Teaching Service Commitment (Track 1: S&S):

An individual awarded a scholarship is expected to serve as a STEM teacher in a high-need local educational agency for two years, for each full-year of a scholarship received, to be fulfilled within eight years after completing the program.

An individual awarded a stipend is expected to serve as a STEM teacher in a high-need local educational agency for two years, to be fulfilled within four years after completing the program.

Amount and Duration (Track 1: S&S):

Scholarships awarded are to be at least $10,000 per year, except that no individual may receive for any year more than the cost of attendance at the institution. A full-time student may receive an annual scholarship through the completion of a baccalaureate degree program, not to exceed a maximum of three years (for students enrolled in institutions requiring a fifth year or post-baccalaureate program for teacher certification/licensing). A part-time student may receive scholarships that are prorated according to the student's enrollment status, not to receive scholarship support over more than six years.

Stipends awarded are to be at least $10,000 per year, except that no individual may receive for any year more than the cost of attendance at the institution. Individuals may receive a maximum of one year of stipend support, unless the individual is enrolled in a part-time program, in which case the amount may be prorated according to the length of the program.

Track 2: The National Science Foundation Teaching Fellowships Track (TF):

The NSF Teaching Fellowships Track (TF) of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program offers awards to institutions to administer fellowships and programmatic support to STEM professionals as defined in the Definitions of Terms section. These individuals, referred to as NSF Teaching Fellows, may receive one-year of support while enrolled in a master's degree program leading to teacher certification or licensing to teach a STEM discipline in an elementary or secondary school. In addition, TFs may receive up to four years of at least a $10,000 salary supplement/year.

Required Partners (Track 2: TF):

In order to be eligible to receive a grant under the TF Track, the partnership must include:

1. A department within an institution of higher education (IHE) that provides an advanced program of study within a specific discipline in mathematics or the sciences, including engineering and computer science, and either -

a. a department or entity within an IHE that provides a teacher preparation program; or

b. a two-year IHE that has a teacher preparation offering or a dual enrollment program with an IHE;

2. At least one high-need local educational agency and a public school served by the agency identified as the location in which clinical teaching experiences will occur; and

3. At least one nonprofit organization that has a demonstrated record of capacity to provide expertise or support to meet the goals of the proposed project.

Project Features (Track 2: TF):

Track 2: TF projects are expected to develop and implement exemplary STEM education programs for National Science Foundation Teaching Fellows by:

1. Administering fellowships, including providing the TF salary supplements; and

2. Building on evidence-based strategies to offer:

a. academic courses and clinical teaching experiences to enable TFs to obtain a master’s degree and teacher certification or licensing within one year; and

b. programs or activities, including mentoring, induction, and professional development activities, to enable TFs to become highly effective K-12 STEM teachers in high-need local educational agencies, to fulfill the teaching service requirements of the TF Track and to exchange ideas with others in their fields. As Noyce recipients will be teaching in high-need local educational agencies, proposals must include a description of how the proposed project will provide these Noyce recipients with the cultural competence, pedagogical knowledge, and dispositions to be a successful teacher in a high-need school district. Project activities that follow the preservice component should facilitate the transition into teaching and aid retention during and beyond the obligatory teaching service period.

Selection of Teaching Fellows (Track 2: TF):

TF recipients must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens. TF recipients are expected to be selected primarily on the basis of professional achievement, academic merit, and STEM content knowledge, as demonstrated by their performance on rigorous, nationally recognized assessments of advanced STEM content knowledge.

Teaching Service Commitment and Leadership Role (Track 2: TF)

An individual awarded an NSF Teaching Fellowship is expected to:

1. Serve as a STEM teacher in a high-need local educational agency for four years, to be fulfilled within six years of completing the master’s degree program; and

2. Take on a leadership role within the school or high-need local educational agency in which the individual is employed, while fulfilling the teaching service commitment above and in addition to regular classroom activities. Examples of leadership activities include serving as a mentor, participating in curriculum development, assisting in the planning and implementation of professional development experiences, and participating in preservice teacher education.

Salary Supplements (Track 2: TF):

A key aspect of the NSF Teaching Fellowship Track, required under the America COMPETES Act (P.L. 111-358), is the provision of salary supplements to the TFs as they are fulfilling their teaching service commitment.

1. While enrolled full-time in the master's degree program, the TF will receive a one-year stipend of at least $10,000, except that no individual may receive for any year more than the cost of attendance. TFs enrolled part-time may receive a prorated stipend.

2. Following completion of the master's degree program and teacher certification or licensing, and while teaching in an elementary or secondary school served by a high-need local educational agency, the TF will receive an annual salary supplement of at least $10,000 per year for the four years of the teaching service commitment. The high-need local educational agency must agree not to reduce the base salary of the NSF Teaching Fellow while the salary supplement is being received.

Track 3: The National Science Foundation Master Teaching Fellowships Track (MTF):

The NSF Master Teaching Fellowships Track (MTF) of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program offers awards to institutions to administer fellowships and programmatic support to experienced and exemplary K-12 STEM teachers, who are certified/licensed teachers, who possess a master’s or bachelor’s degree in their field, and who participate in a program for developing master teachers and teacher leaders. These selected individuals are referred to as Master Teaching Fellows.

Master Teaching Fellows must be (1) teachers with master’s degrees in their field or (2) teachers with bachelor’s degrees in their field who are enrolled in a master’s degree program in their field.

Required Partners (Track 3: MTF):

In order to be eligible to receive a grant under the MTF Track, the partnership must include:

1. A department within an institution of higher education (IHE) that provides an advanced program of study within a specific discipline in mathematics or the sciences, including engineering and computer science, and either -

a. a department or entity within an IHE that provides a teacher preparation program; or

b. a two-year IHE that has a teacher preparation offering or a dual enrollment program with an IHE

2. At least one high-need local educational agency and a public school served by the agency from which the experienced and exemplary teachers will be selected; and

3. At least one nonprofit organization that has a demonstrated record of capacity to provide expertise or support to meet the goals of the proposed project.

Project Features (Track 3: MTF):

MTF Projects are expected to develop and implement exemplary STEM education focused programs for Master Teaching Fellows by:

1. Administering fellowships, including providing the MTF salary supplements; and

2. Building on evidence-based strategies to offer:

a. a master’s degree program and leadership training to prepare exemplary and experienced teachers with a bachelor’s degree to become master teachers; or

b. academic courses and leadership development to prepare exemplary and experienced teachers with a master’s degree to become a master teacher and teacher leader in a high-need local educational agency; and

c. programs or activities, including mentoring and professional development activities, to enable a Master Teaching Fellow to become a highly effective master teacher and teacher leader in a high-need local educational agency, to fulfill the teaching service requirements of the MTF Track, and to exchange ideas with others in their fields.

Selection of Master Teaching Fellows (Track 3: MTF):

MTF recipients must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens. MTF recipients are expected to be selected primarily on the basis of professional achievement; academic merit; and STEM content knowledge, as demonstrated by their performance on rigorous, nationally recognized assessments used to determine whether individuals applying for fellowships have advanced STEM content knowledge. In addition, MTF recipients are expected to be selected on the basis of demonstrated success in improving student academic achievement in mathematics or science.

Teaching Service Commitment and Leadership Role (Track 3: MTF):

A teacher awarded a Master Teaching Fellowship is expected to:

1. Serve as a STEM teacher in an elementary or secondary school served by a high-need local educational agency for five years, to be fulfilled within seven years of the start of participation in the program; and

2. Take on a leadership role within the school or high-need local educational agency in which the individual is employed, while fulfilling the teaching service commitment above and in addition to regular classroom activities. Examples of leadership activities include serving as a mentor, participating in curriculum development, assisting in the planning and implementation of professional development experiences, and participating in preservice teacher education.

Salary Supplements (Track 3: MTF):

A key aspect of the Master Teaching Fellowships Track, required under the America COMPETES Act (P.L. 111-358), is the provision of salary supplements to the Master Teaching Fellows as they are fulfilling their teaching service commitment. While participating in the program and teaching in an elementary or secondary school served by a high-need local educational agency, a Master Teaching Fellow will receive a salary supplement of at least $10,000 per year for the five years of the teaching service commitment. In the case of individuals with a bachelor’s degree, MTF Fellows may receive a maximum of 1 year fellowship support (salary supplement) while enrolled in a master’s degree program and up to four years of salary supplements while continuing to teach in a high-need local educational agency once they have received their master’s degree; this obligation must be completed within seven years of the grant start date. The high-need local educational agency must agree not to reduce the base salary of the Master Teaching Fellow while the salary supplement is being received.

Institutional and Recipient Obligations for Projects (not including Capacity Building) in Track 1: S&S, Track 2: TF, or Track 3: MTF:

Institution: A grantee receiving a grant under Track 1, 2, or 3 (S&S, TF, or MTF, not including Capacity Building projects) of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program agrees to:

1. Ensure that scholarship/stipend/fellowship recipients accept the terms of the scholarship/stipend/fellowship and that the recipients provide annual certification of employment and current contact information;

2. Supply relevant statistical and demographic data on recipients as requested, including information on employment required under the track; and

3. Monitor (including tracking) and report on the compliance of scholarship/stipend/fellowship recipients with their teaching service commitments. In the event that a recipient is required to repay the scholarship/stipend/fellowship, the institution (the grantee) will:

a. be responsible for determining the repayment amounts and for notifying the recipient and providing documentation in project reports; and

b. collect such repayment amount, including interest, as determined by the repayment policy developed by the institution and agreed upon by the recipient. The institution (the grantee) may retain up to 5 percent of any repayment collected to defray administrative costs associated with the collection.

The grantee is responsible for reporting the aforementioned information annually to the National Science Foundation directly and/or to a designated third party. In some cases, the grantee responsibility to report may extend for up to 12 years following the end date of the award and submission of the final project report.

Recipient: As a condition of acceptance of a scholarship/stipend/fellowship, the recipient agrees to provide the institution with annual certification of employment and up-to-date contact information as well as to participate in activities (e.g., surveys) conducted as part of institution project-level and NSF program-level evaluation. In addition, the scholarship/stipend/fellowship may revert to a loan, meaning that the recipient will be required to repay all or a portion of the scholarship/stipend/fellowship, if the recipient:

1. Fails to maintain an acceptable level of academic standing in the program in which the individual is enrolled;

2. Is dismissed from the program or institution for disciplinary reasons;

3. Withdraws from the program before the completion of such program;

4. Declares that the individual does not intend to fulfill the teaching service commitment; or

5. Fails to fulfill the teaching service commitment.

If such circumstances occur before the completion of one year of the teaching service commitment under any track, the total amount of scholarship or stipend received by the individual must be repaid. If the circumstance described occurs after the completion of one year of the teaching service commitment, the amount to be repaid will be as follows:

Track 1 – S&S:

-For a scholarship recipient, a proportion of the total scholarship awards received by the individual, prorated appropriately to reflect partial service completed; or

-For a stipend recipient, one-half of the total amount of stipend received by the individual.

Track 2 – TF: the full amount of the fellowship awarded during enrollment in the master’s degree program, reduced by one- fourth for each year of service completed, plus one half of the total salary supplements received.

Track 3 – MTF: one-half of the total amount of salary supplements received.

For Tracks 1, 2, and 3, any such repayment will be returned to the Federal Government (the Treasury of the United States), consistent with the provisions of part B or D of Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These funds may not be re-used by the awardee institution.

The institution is expected to establish procedures that ensure compliance with the teaching service requirement, with allowances for extreme hardship or other circumstances for which it is not in the best interests of the school district or not feasible for the scholarship, stipend, or fellowship recipient to fulfill the teaching service commitment. The institution may establish procedures for waiving or suspending repayment of scholarships/stipends/fellowships in cases of extreme hardship or other circumstances that would preclude the fulfillment of the teaching service commitment.

Track 4: The Noyce Research Track

The Noyce Research Track of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program offers awards to institutions, professional societies, and similar organizations that are directly associated with educational or research activities, to support planning, exploratory research, and research proposals that address the issue of STEM teacher effectiveness, persistence, or retention in high-need local educational agencies.

The Noyce Research Track is interested in research studies related to teacher effectiveness and persistence, as well as teacher retention by high-need local educational agencies. The program will support proposals that investigate effectiveness and/or persistence of STEM teachers in high-need local educational agencies. Such studies might examine the teacher candidate characteristics and/or programmatic features that are shown to result in highly effective teachers who persist in teaching in high-need local educational agencies. Studies on persistence of Noyce scholarship, stipend, or fellowship recipients as teachers in high-need school districts beyond their service requirement are strongly encouraged. Studies that identify characteristics of high-need schools or districts that result in retention of STEM teachers are welcomed.

Research studies may range from research synthesis to experimental investigations in order to show relationships between teacher preparation and learning.

Noyce Research Track projects must include substantive collaboration among STEM faculty, STEM education faculty, and researchers in education (and/or the social, behavioral, and economic sciences). Proposals must include the theory which underlies the research design and provide appropriate methodologies and strategies and are expected to contribute to the knowledge base of scholarly research in STEM education. Studies that involve examination of only a single institution’s teacher preparation program are discouraged unless the proposal provides a compelling argument that the results can be generalized to the larger community.

Track 4 proposals are encouraged to be informed by the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development as well as basic tenets of Design-Based Implementation Research (DBIR).

$58,000,000

Estimated Number of Awards: 55 to 70, including: 29 - 31 Track 1: Scholarships & Stipends; 4 - 6 Track 2: Teaching Fellowships; 10 - 12 Track 3: Master Teaching Fellowships; 9 - 14 Capacity Building; and 3 - 7 Track 4: Noyce Research.

NOTE: Collaboration Incentives for engagement of community colleges in Capacity Building or Tracks 1, 2, and 3 projects, or for engagement with Noyce awardees in Track 4 projects, may exceed these maximums (maximum funding amount requests include both direct and indirect cost).

-Track 1: S & S - Up to $1,200,000, with a project duration of up to 5 years;
-Track 2: TF and Track 3: MTF - Up to $3,000,000;
-Track 4: Noyce Research - Up to $800,000;
-Capacity Building - Up to $75,000

Collaboration Incentives: In Track 1 - S&S, Track 2 - TF, and Track 3 - MTF, projects that involve a substantive collaboration between two-year institutions and four-year institutions, may request up to an additional $250,000 over 5 years (or 6, as appropriate). Capacity Building projects involving collaboration between two-year and four-year institutions may request up to an additional $50,000 for 1 year. In Track 4: Noyce Research, projects that involve a collaboration with current or past Noyce awardee projects may request up to an additional $100,000 for each Noyce project that is substantively engaged in the research endeavor, with a maximum overall request not to exceed $2,300,000 over 5 years.

Track 1: S & S - Project duration of up to 5 years.

Track 2: TF and Track 3: MTF - Project duration of up to 5 years for proposals supporting one cohort of NSF Teaching Fellows or NSF Master Teaching Fellows) or 6 years (for proposals supporting two cohorts of NSF Teaching Fellows or NSF Master Teaching Fellows).

Track 4: Noyce Research - Poject duration of up to 5 years.

Capacity Building - Project duration of up to 1 year.

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

-One or more universities, four-year colleges, and/or two-year colleges (including community colleges, tribal colleges, and minority-serving institutions) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States, or consortia of such institutions, or U.S. nonprofit entities that have established consortia among such institutions of higher education.

-In addition to institutions of higher education, professional societies and similar organizations that are directly associated with educational or research activities may submit proposals related to Track 4: Noyce Research.

Who May Serve as PI:

-The PI/Co-PI team must include at least one faculty member from a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics department in an institution of higher education and at least one education faculty member in an institution of higher education.

Full proposals are due by 5:00 PM (submitter's local time) on August 29, 2017, and the last Tuesday in August annually thereafter.

Full Proposals may be submitted via FastLane or Grants.gov.

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Sandra Richardson, Lead Program Director
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Kathleen B. Bergin, Co-Lead Program Director
(703) 292-5171
kbergin@nsf.gov

Keith A. Sverdrup, Co-Lead Program Director
(703) 292-4653
ksverdru@nsf.gov

Thomas Kim
(703) 292-7855
tkim@nsf.gov

Teri J. Murphy
(703) 292-2109
tmurphy@nsf.gov

Lidia C. Yoshida
(703) 292-4644
lyoshida@nsf.gov

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