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Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE)

 
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    CFDA#

    47.041, 47.049, 47.050, 47.070, 47.074, 47.075, 47.076, 47.078, 47.079, 47.080
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    National Science Foundation (NSF)

    Summary

    The goals of the ADVANCE program are (1) to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers; (2) to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity that involve both men and women in the STEM academic workforce; and (3) to contribute to the research knowledge base on gender equity and the intersection of gender and other identities in STEM academic careers.


    The ADVANCE program contributes to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce because of the focus on equity for STEM academic faculty who are educating, training, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. There are four program tracks. All projects are expected to build on prior ADVANCE work and gender equity research and literature to broaden the implementation of organizational and systemic strategies to foster gender equity in STEM academic careers. All ADVANCE proposals are expected to recognize that gender does not exist in isolation from other characteristics, such as race/ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation, foreign-born and foreign-trained status, faculty appointment type, etc., and should offer strategies to promote gender equity for all faculty:

    • The Institutional Transformation (IT) track is designed to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative systemic change strategies that promote gender equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces within an institution of higher education.
    • The Adaptation track is designed to support the work to adapt, implement, and evaluate evidence-based systemic change strategies that have been shown to promote gender equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. Adaptation projects can either: 1) support the adaptation of evidence-based systemic change strategies to promote equity for STEM faculty within an institution of higher education; or 2) facilitate national or regional STEM disciplinary transformation by adapting evidence-based systemic change strategies to non-profit, non-academic organizations.
    • The Partnership track is designed to support the work to facilitate the broader adaptation of gender equity and systemic change strategies. Partnership projects are expected to result in national or regional transformation in STEM academic workplaces and the academic profession and demonstrate significant reach. Partnership projects can focus on the transformation of institutions and organizations and/or the transformation within one or more STEM disciplines
    • The Catalyst track is designed to broaden the types of IHEs that are able to undertake data collection and institutional self-assessment work to identify systemic gender inequities impacting their STEM faculty so that these can be addressed by the institution.

    Within the ADVANCE program are the ADVANCE Resource and Coordination Network (ARC Network) and the ADVANCE Longitudinal Evaluation (ALE) funding opportunities.

     

    History of Funding

    Recent awards made through this program can be seen here.

    Additional Information

    All ADVANCE proposals should report impacts on gender equity related to one or more of the following objectives:

    • The incorporation of intersectional approaches in ADVANCE equity strategies for STEM faculty in recognition that gender, race, and ethnicity do not exist in isolation from each other and from other categories of social identity;
    • The adaptation and implementation by IHEs and non-academic organizations of evidence-based systemic change strategies that have been shown to enhance equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession; and
    • The empowerment of individual and organizational stakeholders to enhance equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. Stakeholders include but are not limited to STEM faculty, organizations that have STEM faculty members, academic and organization leadership, organizations that have academic leadership members, facilitators and trainers, boards of directors, STEM professional societies, and higher education and organizational staff.

    The Institutional Transformation (IT) track supports the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative systemic change strategies within a single non-profit IHE with the intention that these innovative strategies could be adaptable by other IHEs and organizations. The IT project must include a rigorous research study related to the ADVANCE project that contributes to knowledge about gender equity and systemic change in STEM academics. The study may be based in the methods and theories from the social, behavioral, learning, or economic sciences. Projects that do not propose innovative strategies are more appropriate for the Adaptation track. Only IHEs that are invited to submit a full proposal after review of an IT-Preliminary proposal can submit a full IT proposal.


    The Adaptation track supports the adaptation and implementation of evidence-based organizational change strategies by a single non-profit:

    • Institution of Higher Education (IHE) to address systemic inequities for STEM faculty that includes all the STEM disciplines within the IHE. Prior ADVANCE IT-Catalyst grantees are encouraged to apply for an Adaptation project; OR
    • Non-academic organization to address systemic inequities in STEM academic workplaces for STEM faculty within one or more STEM disciplines. Adaptation projects by non-academic organizations must be designed with national or regional impact and significant reach. Significant reach will be different depending on the systemic inequity issue(s) that are addressed, the population(s) targeted, and the proposed intervention(s). Information on the numbers and the percent of individuals or organizations reached, and the degree of change that is expected from those who participate, should be articulated in the proposal to explain the significance of the reach. For example, an Adaptation project by a STEM professional society to revamp the format of all their regional and national conferences in order to infuse equity and inclusion into the agenda and the pre-conference workshops could have national impact and significant reach within that discipline if a significant percentage of faculty in that discipline are members and attend the conferences and workshops.

    Collaboration Opportunity: Adaptation projects may propose to collaborate with one or more NSF-funded STEM graduate education program(s). Projects that propose a collaboration with an NSF STEM graduate education project may request up to an additional $100,000 over the life of the project. The additional funds are intended to support the alignment of systemic changes between the graduate education project and the ADVANCE project (not direct support to students or faculty). The additional funds could cover the costs of maintaining the partnership such as travel and staff time and for implementing collaborative activities.


    The Partnership track supports projects designed to result in the regional or national diffusion and/or scale-up of evidence based systemic change strategies. Partnership projects are expected to involve two or more partners. Partnership projects must be designed to have a significant reach to individuals and/or organizations with evidence-based systemic change strategies to enhance equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. Individuals and organizations may include, but are not limited to, academic administrators, academic staff in relevant positions (such as human resource officers, institutional research directors, equal opportunity officers, and Title VII and Title IX officers), STEM faculty and leaders, editors and publishers, STEM professional societies, non-profit institutions of higher education, and STEM research funders.


    Collaboration Opportunity: Partnership projects may propose to collaborate with any part of the NSF INCLUDES National Network. Projects that propose a collaboration with the NSF INCLUDES National Network may request up to an additional $250,000 over the life of the Partnership project. The collaboration should be mutually beneficial, such as an avenue to increase the reach of the ADVANCE project and enhance the NSF INCLUDES efforts. The additional funds could be allocated to the costs of maintaining the partnership with the NSF INCLUDES entity such as travel and staff time and for implementing the collaboration activities.


    The Catalyst track supports the design and implementation of an organizational self-assessment to collect and analyze data to identify STEM faculty inequities, pilot equity strategies as appropriate, and develop a five-year equity strategic plan for STEM faculty. Only non-profit IHEs that are not, and have not been, the lead on any type of ADVANCE grant are eligible.


    ADVANCE does not provide fellowships, research grants, or travel grants to individual students, postdocs, or faculty. ADVANCE may fund conferences; Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID); and grant supplements for existing awards.

    Contacts

    Jessie A. Dearo

    Jessie A. Dearo
    4201 Wilson Boulevard
    Arlington, VA 22230
    (703) 292-5350
    (703) 292-9018
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Proposals may only be submitted by the following:


    IT-Preliminary and Institutional Transformation (IT) proposals are accepted from public and private, non-profit, universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US, referred to in this solicitation as non-profit academic institutions.

    • Past or current ADVANCE IT awardees are not eligible.
    • Due to the nature of an institutional change grant, partnerships of multiple academic institutions are not accepted unless the institutions are in the same State system or are multiple campuses of one institution and thus share common governance.

    Adaptation proposals are accepted from either a non-profit non-academic organization, or from a public and private, non-profit, university or two- and four-year college (including a community college) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US, referred to in this solicitation as a non-profit academic institution.

    • Past or current ADVANCE IT awardees are not eligible.
    • Proposals with more than one organization or academic institution should be submitted to the Partnership track.

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

    • Prior ADVANCE support is not necessary to participate.
    • Past or current ADVANCE grant recipients are eligible to participate in Partnership proposals.

    Catalyst proposals are accepted from one non-profit IHE that is not, and has not been, the lead grantee on any type of previous NSF ADVANCE award.

    Deadline Details

    Institutional Transformation (IT): Preliminary proposals are to be submitted by April 22, 2021. Preliminary proposals are to be submitted by the fourth Thursday in April, annually thereafter. Full applications are to be submitted by October 7, 2021. Full applications are to be submitted by the first Thursday in October, annually thereafter.


    Adaptation: Letters of Intent are to be submitted by August 3, 2020. Letters of Intent are to be submitted by the first Monday in August, annually thereafter. Full applications are to be submitted by November 04, 2020. Full proposals are to be submitted by the First Wednesday in November, annually thereafter.


    Partnerships: Letters of Intent are to be submitted by August 3, 2020. Letters of Intent are to be submitted by the first Monday in August, annually thereafter. Full applications are to be submitted by November 04, 2020. Full proposals are to be submitted by the First Wednesday in November, annually thereafter.


    Catalyst: Catalyst proposals are to be submitted by August 7, 2020. Proposals are to be submitted by the first Friday in August, annually thereafter.

    Award Details

    Approximately $15,000,000 will be available for the FY2021 and approximately $14,000,000 will be available for proposals due under the FY2022 competition. Between 18 and 36 awards will be granted over two fiscal years. In each year, NSF expects to make approximately:

    • six Adaptation awards up to $1,000,000 for three-year long projects
    • six Partnership awards up to $1,000,000 for up to five-year long projects
    • four Catalyst awards up to $300K for two years

    NSF anticipates that two to four of the twelve Adaptation and Partnerships projects may qualify for an additional $250,000 for collaborating with a project initiated with NSF funding as described in the project description. Additionally, in FY 2021, the program anticipates making up to two Institutional Transformation awards for up to $3,000,000 for five-years. All award amounts include both direct and indirect costs.

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