A new Program Description (PD) for the STEM + Computing K-12 Education (STEM+C) program has been posted (18-005Y); see the announcement.
NSF is trying a new approach to requesting and handling proposals, and the STEM+C program is leading the effort. Here is some clarifying guidance on this new process:
- There is no solicitation. You must refer to NSF’s Proposal and Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) for general guidance in structuring your proposals.
- There are no set funding strands, project durations, or funding limits. You must follow the PAPPG guidelines and set project costs and timelines that are reasonable for the nature of the project being proposed.
- There is no submission deadline. You can submit proposals at any time for review; however, if you want to be considered for funding during this current fiscal year (FY18), you should submit a proposal by July 2, 2018 as the fiscal year closes for approving new awards late July.
Although there is no solicitation for guidance, please refer to the STEM+C Program Description that has been posted for guidance and keep in mind the full intent of the STEM+C program:
The STEM+C Program focuses on research and development of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to the integration of computing within STEM teaching and learning for preK-12 students in both formal and informal settings. The STEM+C program supports research on how students learn to think computationally to solve interdisciplinary problems in science and mathematics.
Funding for this program is currently available, so submit your proposal by July 2 if you wish to be considered for funding during the current fiscal year that ends in September.