The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program supports the education of the skilled technical workforce at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The skilled technical workforce has been defined as individuals who use a high level of science and engineering skills in their jobs but do not hold a baccalaureate degree. Proposals to the program may aim to affect specialized technology courses or core science, mathematics, and technology courses that serve as immediate prerequisites or co-requisites for specialized technician education courses/programs. The curricular focus and the activities of all projects should demonstrably contribute to the ATE program's central goals: producing more qualified science and engineering technicians to meet workforce demands, and improving the technical skills and the general science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) preparation of these technicians and the educators who prepare them. To this end, it is expected that courses developed or updated will be credit-bearing courses, although materials may also support incumbent worker education.
Fields of technology supported by the ATE program include, but are not limited to, advanced manufacturing technologies, agricultural and bio- technologies, energy and environmental technologies, engineering technologies, information technologies, micro- and nano-technologies, security technologies, geospatial technologies, autonomous technologies, and applied research on technician education that informs all supported areas. The ATE program is interested in projects addressing issues in rural technician education and projects that broaden the diversity of the entry-level technical workforce including strategies to recruit veterans into technician education programs. The ATE program is also interested in recruiting, retaining and completing students with disabilities into STEM technician education programs. The ATE program does not support projects that focus on students who will become health, veterinary, or medical technicians.
The ATE program supports projects, consortia for innovations in technician education, centers, and applied research on technician education. All ATE proposals are expected to communicate a realistic vision and an achievable plan for sustainability. It is expected that at least some aspects of centers, consortia, and projects will be sustained or institutionalized past the period of award funding. Being sustainable means that a project, consortia, or center has developed a product or service that the host institution, its partners, and its target audiences want to see continued.
For more information on the program tracks, see the following link: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21598/nsf21598.pdf#page=5
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