NSF ADVANCE- Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science & Engineering Careers.

The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE also has as its goal to seminally contribute to and inform the general knowledge base on gender equity in the academic STEM disciplines.  An Initial pre-proposal requirement to ORSP at UM is due March 25 2013.  For the NSF program guidelines, go to: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12584/nsf12584.htm.

Institutional Transformation (IT) Projects

Institutional Transformation awards are expected to include innovative and systemic organizational approaches to transform institutions of higher education in ways that will increase the participation and advancement of women in STEM academic careers. These awards support comprehensive programs for institution-wide change. Additionally, IT projects must include a supplementary 5-page research study designed to investigate theory-driven models and innovations related to the participation and advancement of women in the academic STEM disciplines. It is expected that the research study will inform institutional transformation, or other relevant areas of academic investigation. Research that investigates novel aspects of the proposal is especially encouraged.

Institutional Transformation Catalyst (IT-Catalyst) Projects

IT-Catalyst awards are designed to support historically resource-challenged institutions in their efforts to conduct institutional self-assessment activities (i.e., data collection, data analysis, policy review) in order to identify specific issues in the recruitment, retention and promotion of women faculty in STEM disciplines. This area of work is considered fundamental for all institutions of higher education that plan to undertake institutional transformation.


UM and NSF Key Dates for 2013 Funding Opportunity for IT and IT-Catalyst Proposals:

Fri., Feb. 11, 2013:      Notify ORSP of intent to develop a UM pre-proposal as Lead PI

Mon., March 25:         Initial pre-proposals due to vcrsp@olemiss.edu

Fri., April 12:               ORSP will announce which pre-proposals to move forward

April 15 – July 21:       PI will write/develop full proposal, with help from proposal team

Wed, July 31:               Full proposal and budget due to ORSP (Program Dev. Specialist)

Aug. 1 – Nov. 5:           ORSP review and PI improvements to proposal, as needed 

Fri., Oct. 4:                  Letter of Intent due to ORSP

Tues., Nov. 5:             Final pre-proposal due to ORSP (Program Development Specialist)

Tues., Nov. 12:            Full proposal deadline to the NSF



6 awards of various sizes for 5-year Institutional Transformation (IT) projects

6 awards of $200,000 each for 2-year IT-Catalyst projects

Cost Sharing: Prohibited.



  • UM may submit only one proposal
  • There are no limits for participation as a partner institution.
  • Investigators may participate in multiple proposals, but may only be the Lead PI in one.


Full Solicitation: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12584/nsf12584.htm


Online Discussion Group via Wiggio:

Researchers looking to form internal collaborations may consider joining the online Wiggio discussion group: “UM NSF ADVANCE”. Login to (or sign-up for) Wiggio at http://umnsfadvance.wiggio.com (password “olemiss”).


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