Education and Human Resources

To provide leadership and ensure the vitality of the Nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education enterprise.

The Education and Human Resources (EHR) component of the National Science Foundation sponsors programs that support the development of models and strategies

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for providing all students with access to high-quality STEM education, and research about those models and strategies.

In addition EHR supports scholarships and fellowships for STEM students.

The portfolio of EHR programs in STEM education comprises efforts spanning pre-K to 12, undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral levels, as well as informal education and life-long learning.

Long-term goals include: supporting infrastructure and institutional capacity building that will enable development of high-quality educational experiences for all students; ensuring that our educational pathways yield an adequately educated and diverse corps of individuals for the highly technical workplace, the professional STEM community, and society; developing a cadre of professionally educated and well-trained teachers and faculty; and providing the research necessary to inform and improve educational practice.

Many EHR programs are conducted in partnership with NSF?s other directorates.

Programs include research and development support for improving STEM learning and learning environments, including learning technologies, both in formal and informal learning settings; STEM workforce development, including the development of teachers; and broadening participation.

EHR programs are subject to continuous improvements based on program reviews, evaluation, dissemination of best practices, and educational research.

Agency - National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation is an independent Federal agency created to promote the progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare and to secure the national defense. The NSF annually funds approximately 20 percent of basic, Federally-supported college and university research.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Green River College $ 1,497,591   2022-10-012028-09-30
San Jose/evergreen Community College District $ 749,844   2022-06-012028-05-31
Clark Atlanta University, Inc. $ 1,980,550   2022-06-012028-05-31
Northern Arizona University $ 1,493,224   2022-06-012028-05-31
Stevens Institute Of Technology (inc) $ 1,499,955   2022-06-012028-05-31
The University Of Akron $ 1,499,239   2022-05-012028-04-30
University Of Montana $ 1,692,873   2022-04-152028-03-31
Montana Technological University $ 1,091,396   2022-04-152028-03-31
Salish Kootenai College, Inc. $ 1,621,334   2022-04-152028-03-31
Feather River Community College District $ 750,000   2022-04-152028-03-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2015: In Fiscal Year 2015, 4,243 proposals were received, and 831 awards made. Fiscal Year 2016: In Fiscal Year 2016, approximately 4,250 proposals are expected to be received, and about 845 awards will be made. Fiscal Year 2017: In Fiscal Year 2017, approximately 4,450 proposals are expected to be received, and about 890 awards will be made.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds may be used for costs necessary to conduct research, educational activities or studies, including salaries and expenses, permanent equipment, expendable materials and supplies, travel, publication costs, and other direct and indirect costs.

Some programs provide funds for undergraduate scholarships managed by the awardee institution.

Primary responsibility for general supervision of all grant activities rests with the grantee institution.

Funds may not be used for purposes other than those specified in the award.

Graduate fellowships provide for stipends and allowances to be paid to the awardee through his/her institution; a fixed cost-of-education allowance is paid directly to the institution.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Except where a program solicitation establishes more restrictive eligibility criteria, individuals and organizations in the following categories may submit proposals: Universities and colleges; Non-profit, non-academic organizations; For-profit organizations; State and local governments; and unaffiliated individuals.

See the NSF Grant Proposal Guide Chapter I.E.

for a full description of eligibility requirements: http:// summ.jsp?:ods key=gpg.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Not applicable.


Proposals must be signed electronically by an official authorized to commit the institution or organization in business and financial affairs and who can commit the organization to certain proposal certifications. Applicants for fellowship support must show evidence of ability such as academic records, letters of recommendation, graduate record examination scores, and grade point average. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination may be required.

Environmental impact information may be required for this program.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. By electronic submission via FastLane or of a formal proposal, and in some programs, a preliminary proposal, describing the planned project and the proposed amount of the grant. For guidelines, see specific funding opportunities and the Grant Proposal Guide: summ.jsp?ods key=gpg.

Award Procedures

NSF staff members review and evaluate all proposals based on a set of criteria established by the National Science Board and, if applicable, solicitation-specific review criteria. In most cases reviews are undertaken with the advice of scientists, engineers, educators and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the fields covered by the proposals. External reviewers, who are conversant with the fields covered by the applications, review and evaluate all graduate fellowship applications. NSF makes awards on a competitive basis. Notification of an award is transmitted electronically to the submitting organization by a NSF Grants and Agreements Officer in the Division of Grants and Agreements.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended, 42 U.S.C 1861 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

After scientific, technical and programmatic review and consideration of appropriate factors, the NSF Program Officer recommends to the cognizant Division Director whether the proposal should be declined or recommended for award. NSF is striving to be able to tell applicants whether their proposals have been declined or recommended for funding within six months. The time interval begins on the deadline or target date, or receipt date, whichever is later. The interval ends when the Division Director accepts the Program Officer's recommendation.


The principal investigator may request, in writing, within 90 days of a declination or return, that reconsider its action in declining or returning any proposal or application.


A renewal proposal competes with all other proposals and must be developed fully as though the proposer is applying for the first time. Renewal proposals must be submitted at least six months before additional funding is required or consistent with an established deadline, target date or submission window. Principal investigators are encouraged to discuss renewal proposals with the NSF Program Officer prior to submission.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. Mandatory cost sharing will only be required for NSF programs when explicitly authorized by the NSF Director, the National Science Board, or legislation. In those rare instances, cost sharing requirements will be clearly identified in the program solicitation. Inclusion of voluntary, committed cost sharing is prohibited. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Award durations of up to 5 years. Method of awarding assistance: Standard or continuing grant, fellowship, or cooperative agreement. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Unless otherwise specified in the award, Annual Project Reports should be submitted at least 90 days prior to the end of the current budget period.

Within 90 days following the expiration of the award, a Final Project Report and a Project Outcomes Report for the General Public must be submitted.

Grantees are required to report the status of funds received from NSF on a quarterly basis through the submission of a Federal Financial Report (FFR).

Information about reporting requirements is contained in the Award and Administration Guide: summ.jsp?ods key-aag.

No performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of,' 2 CFR 200. Subpart F ? Audit Requirements, a non-Federal entity that expends $750,000 or more during the non-Federal entity?s fiscal year in Federal awards must have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. A non-Federal entity that expends less than $750,000 during the non-Federal entity?s fiscal a year in Federal is exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Records, supporting documents, statistical records, and other records pertinent to a grant must be retained by the grantee for a period of 3 years from submission of the Final Project Report. Special record keeping requirements apply to fellowships.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 15 $886,330,000; FY 16 est $878,970,000; and FY 17 est $898,870,000 - 1) FY 2015 Obligations are the FY 2015 NSF Appropriations Actual 2) FY 2016 Obligations estimates are the FY 2016 NSF Current Plan 3) FY 2017 Obligations estimates are the FY 2017 NSF Congressional Request.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range Low $10,000 Range High $6,326,803 Average $260,496.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

NSF Website:; 48 CFR Chapter 25; 45 CFR Chapter VI; Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide: ( summ.jsp?ods key=papp), which incorporates the Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) and Award & Administration Guide (AAG).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Amanda Edelman 4201 Wilson Blvd.,Stafford I - Ste 805, Arlington, Virginia 22230 Email: Phone: 7032927306 Fax: 7032929179

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals received by NSF are assigned to the appropriate NSF program where they will be reviewed if they meet NSF proposals preparation requirements. All proposals are carefully reviewed by a scientist, engineer, or educator serving as an NSF Program Officer, and usually by three to ten other persons outside NSF who are experts in the particular fields represented by the proposal. These reviewers are selected by Program Officers charged with the oversight of the review process. Proposers are invited to suggest names of persons they believe are especially well qualified to review the proposal and/or persons they would prefer not review the proposal. These suggestions may serve as one source in the reviewer selection process at the Program Officer?s discretion. Submission of such names, however, is optional. Care is taken to ensure that reviewers have no conflicts of interest with the proposal. All NSF proposals are evaluated through use of the two National Science Board (NSB)-approved merit review criteria: intellectual merit and the broader impacts of the proposed effort. In some instances, however, NSF will employ additional criteria as required to highlight the specific objectives of certain programs and activities. The two NSB-approved merit review criteria are listed below. The criteria include considerations that help define them. These considerations are suggestions and not all will apply to any given proposal. While proposers must address both merit review criteria, reviewers will be asked to address only those considerations that are relevant to the proposals being considered and for which the reviewer is qualified to make judgments. Relevant questions are: (1) What is the intellectual merit of the proposed activity?; (2) How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields?; (3) How well qualified is the proposer (individual or team) to conduct the project? (If appropriate, the reviewer will comment on the quality of the prior work.); (4) To what extend does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts; (5) How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity?; (6) Is the sufficient access to resources?; (7) What are the broader impacts of the proposed activity?; (8) How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and learning?; (9) How well does the proposed activity broaden the participation of underrepresented groups (e.g., gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)?; (10) To what extent will it enhance the infrastructure for research and education, such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships?; (11) Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding?, and (12) What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to society? NSF staff will give careful consideration to the following in making funding decisions: Integration of Research and Education ? One of the principal strategies in support of NSF?s goals is to foster integration of research and education through the programs, projects, and activities it supports at academic and research institutions. These institutions provide abundant opportunities where individuals may concurrently assume responsibilities as researchers, educators, and students and where all can engage in joint efforts that infuse education with the excitement of discovery and enrich research through the diversity of learning perspectives. Integrating Diversity into NSF Programs, Projects, and Activities ? Broadening opportunities and enabling the participation of all citizens ? women and men, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities ? is essential to health and vitality of science and engineering. NSF is committed to this principle of diversity and deems it central to the programs, projects, and activities it considers and supports.

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