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Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, Agencies, For-Profits, and Individuals for Technical Education Programs

Advanced Technological Education (ATE)


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Funding Source
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for STEM Education (EDU), Division of Undergraduate Education (EDU/DUE)
CFDA Number: 47.076
Funding or PIN Number: 21-598
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Important Dates
Deadline: 10/05/23 5:00 PM Submitter's Local Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, IHEs, government agencies, for-profit organizations, and individuals for technical education programs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to produce more qualified technical workers to meet workforce demands.

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.

Program Tracks:

  • Track 1: Small Projects for Institutions New to ATE
  • Track 2. ATE PROJECTS
  • Track 3: Consortia for Innovations in Technician Education
  • Track 4: ATE CENTERS
  • Track 5: Applied Research on Technician Education

For more information on the program tracks, see the following link:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Categories of Proposers:
- Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)
- Non-profit, Non-academic Organizations
- For-profit Organizations
- State and Local Governments
- Unaffiliated Individuals
- Foreign Organizations

For further information see the following link:

The ATE program encourages proposals from Minority Serving Institutions as well as other institutions that support the recruitment, retention, and completion (certificate, degree, program)of groups historically underrepresented in STEM in technician education programs that award associate degrees.NSF is particularly interested in proposals from all types of Minority Serving Institutions (including Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions) where groups historically underrepresented in STEM are showing increased interest in advanced technology careers.

NSF project funds may not be used for:
- Student scholarships (please see the DUE S-STEM program for scholarships for students);
- Replacement equipment or instrumentation that does not significantly improve instructional capability;
- Teaching aids (e.g., films, slides, projectors, "drill and practice" software);
- Vehicles, trailers, laboratory furnishings, or general utility items such as office equipment (including word-processing equipment), benches, tables,
- Desks, chairs, storage cases, and routine supplies;
- Maintenance equipment and maintenance or service contracts;
- The modification, construction, or furnishing of laboratories or other buildings;
- The installation of equipment or instrumentation (as distinct from the on-site assembly of multi-component instruments--which is an allowable charge).

Pre-Application Information
Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):
- October 06, 2022
- October 05, 2023

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Additional Funding Information

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Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Anticipated number, size, and duration of new awards:
Track 1: Small projects for institutions new to the ATE program: approximately 12-20 awards for up to $350,000 (each) typically spread over three years. It is expected that the budget request will match the scope of the project.
Track 2: Projects: Approximately 30-45 new awards for up to $650,000 and having a duration of up to three years. It is expected that the budget request will match the scope of the project.
Track 3: Consortia for Innovations in Technician Education: approximately 1-5 new awards, ranging from $1,200,000 to $3,000,000 typically spread over 3-4 years. Consortia of two institutions have a maximum budget of $1,200,000. Consortia of three or more institutions have a maximum budget of $3,000,000. It is expected that the budget request will match the scope of the project.
Track 4: Centers:
- Planning Grants for Centers: one to two new awards for up to $70,000 (each) to develop well-formulated plans for a future center.
- ATE Center: Funding will be $7,500,000 spread over five years, with the possibility of a competitive renewal for $7,500,000 over an additional five years. It is expected that 1-3 awards may be made each year.
- Resource centers: funding will be $1,650,000 million spread over three years with the possibility of a competitive renewal for an additional three years. It is expected that one to two awards may be made each year.
Track 5: Applied Research on Technician Education: up to 5 new awards, ranging from $150,000 total for up to two years to $800,000 total for up to four years.

Contact Information
General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:
- V. Celeste Carter, Lead Program Director, telephone: (703) 292-4651, email:
- Pushpa Ramakrishna, telephone: (703) 292-2943, email:

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