ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) - Partnerships

Grants to USA Nonprofits and IHEs to Promote
Gender Equity in the STEM Disciplines

GrantWatch ID#: 176005
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National Science Foundation (NSF)


01/11/17 5:00 PM Submitter's Local Time

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and nonprofit academic institutions to collaborate on projects that increase the representation of women in STEM careers. LOIs are due by December 14. The purpose of this program is to promote equity in STEM field recruitment, retention, and career advancement. Activities should address organizational barriers that prevent women from fully participating and advancing through academic institutions.

Organizational barriers that inhibit equity may exist in areas such as policy, practice, culture, and organizational climate. For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards.

Policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could mean that women and underrepresented minorities are evaluated less favorably, perpetuating their underrepresentation and contributing to a climate that is not inclusive.

The Partnership track will support partnerships of two or more nonprofit academic institutions and/or STEM organizations to increase gender equity in STEM academics. Projects should have national or regional impact and result in systemic change within one STEM discipline, several STEM disciplines, or all STEM disciplines.

There will be approximately 6 Partnership awards.

Up to $1,000,000

Partnership projects are 3- 5 years in duration.

Partnership proposals must include two or more partnering organizations and may include nonprofit academic institutions and/or nonprofit, non-academic organizations.

Partnering STEM organizations can include any entity eligible for NSF support. Partners may include professional societies, industry, nonprofit organizations, publishers, policy and research entities, state systems of higher education, higher education organizations, as well as institutions of higher education.

Prior ADVANCE support is not necessary to participate.

Past or current ADVANCE grant recipients are eligible to participate in Partnership proposals.

The ADVANCE program office held a pre-proposal technical assistance webinar on September 21, 2016 on the ADVANCE Partnership track. The presentation slides can be downloaded here:

A Letter of Intent must be submitted by December 14, 2016, 5:00 PM (submitter’s local time). The full proposal deadline is January 11, 2017, 5:00 PM (submitter’s local time).

All Letters of Intent must be submitted through FastLane.

Full Proposals may be submitted through FastLane or

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

ADVANCE Web Portal:

Sharon Bird, Program Officer
(703) 292-5178

Jessie DeAro, Program Officer
(703) 292-5350

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