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Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI)

Name of Funder

National Science Foundation

Grant Program

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI)

Geographic Area Targeted


Search Process Keywords

STEM Education

Advancing Undergraduate Students

Workforce Development Evidence-Based Practices

Link to Funding Announcement

Application Due Date

September 30, 2022

Grant Award Range

Up to $3,000,000

Expected Number of Awards


Eligible Applicants

Nonprofit Institutions

Overview of Funding

Project activities and interventions supported by the HSI program are expected to be evidence-based and generate new knowledge in line with the HSI program goals specified in the Synopsis and Introduction sections. The HSI program recognizes that putting existing research-based practices into place may be the most important solution for improving undergraduate STEM1 education and broadening participation in STEM at the proposing HSI(s). Consequently, conceptual replication2 or adaptation studies are encouraged. Such replication/adaptation efforts will help propagate and evaluate the effectiveness of evidence-based STEM broadening participation interventions, and teaching and learning approaches in new environments. The HSI program is also interested in the successful advancement of undergraduates at HSIs through critical transitions, including the transfer of students from two-year to four-year institutions and the transition from secondary education to undergraduate education of students enrolled in a STEM undergraduate degree-seeking program.

The HSI program accepts proposals for three types (tracks) of projects.

Track 1: Planning or Pilot Projects (PPP) provide up to three years of support to Principal Investigators at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs), including community colleges or institutions new to NSF, for either a planning project or a pilot project as described below.

  1. Planning projects are designed to undertake an undergraduate STEM education institution-wide assessment and catalyze the necessary collaborations/ partnerships in order to inform the development of an HSI proposal for the IEP or ITP track.

  2. Pilot projects are designed to achieve a short-term well-defined goal to enhance the quality and availability of undergraduate STEM education degree programs and certifications and/or to address undergraduate broadening participation challenges in STEM. NSF anticipates that many Pilot project awardees will also use the results from their project to lay the foundation for a future IEP or ITP proposal.

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