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Grants to USA Two-Year IHEs to Increase Diversity in STEM Fields

IUSE: Innovation in Two-Year College STEM Education (ITYC)


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Funding Source
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for STEM Education (EDU), Division of Undergraduate Education (EDU/DUE)
CFDA Number: 47.076
Funding or PIN Number: NSF 23-584
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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/13/23 5:00 PM Submitter's Local Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA two-year IHEs to increase diversity in STEM fields. Applicants are advised to finalize required registrations in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to advance equity in STEM workplaces by increasing the availability of STEM higher education to diverse populations.

NSF's Directorate for STEM Education (EDU) seeks to address the specific opportunities and challenges evident at two-year institutions of higher education in its effort to accelerate the impact of emerging and evidence-based practices in undergraduate STEM education across the country. This solicitation aligns with the NSF 2022-2026 Strategic Plan and the National Science Board (NSB) Vision 2030 that both call for accessibility and inclusivity across the STEM education landscape in pursuit of a STEM workforce that reflects the diversity of our society. The ITYC program recognizes that two-year institutions of higher education serve diverse student populations and that their faculty, staff, and administrators are uniquely positioned to create innovative solutions for addressing NSF's priority to achieve STEM equity and build a diverse workforce. The NSF also appreciates that two-year colleges are distinct in the national undergraduate STEM education ecosystem and play a pivotal role in providing affordable access to higher education and career-relevant STEM pathways to the workforce.

Through its investments, the ITYC program seeks to promote bold, potentially transformative projects that:

  • Center students in the effort to advance innovation, promote equitable outcomes and broaden participation for all students in STEM education at two-year colleges, and
  • Enhance the capacity of two-year colleges to harness the talent and potential of their diverse student and faculty populations through innovative disciplinary, multi-department, and college-wide projects.

These goals may be achieved through projects in STEM fields that address the experiences, pathways and courses of STEM majors and non-majors at two-year colleges. Project teams are encouraged to leverage the expertise that result from authentic partnerships across disciplines, institutions, and communities and to establish collaborations, as appropriate, with components of the national network of NSF INCLUDES projects.

The ITYC program aims to support potentially transformative projects that will advance innovative evidence-based practices in undergraduate STEM education at two-year colleges that are in line with the program goals. The program features two Tracks:

  1. A Focus on the Academic Experiences of Two-Year College Students and
  2. Leveraging Institutional Strengths and Innovation.

For further information on the program tracks, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The program is open to two-year colleges of higher education (either Associates College or Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges) that are accredited and offer undergraduate educational degree programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctoral Colleges and Universities may partner with a two-year college as a subaward or as the non-lead in a multi-institutional collaborative.

Pre-Application Information
Full Proposal Deadline:
- December 13, 2023
- Second Wednesday in December, Annually Thereafter

NSF requires that organizations registering to use NSF’s electronic systems have a valid and active SAM registration and have a valid UEI. Proposers are advised that entity registration will become active after three to five business days when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) validates the Tax ID Number.

Full Proposals:
- Full Proposals submitted via NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) guidelines apply. The complete text of the PAPPG is available electronically on the NSF website at:
- Full Proposals submitted via NSF Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Application Guide is available on the website and on the NSF website at:

Program Solicitation:

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ITYC Program Overview Webinar Recording:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
15 to 20

Estimated Size of Grant
Track 1 projects have a maximum award of $500,000. Institutions that have not received NSF funding in the past 5 years are eligible for a maximum of $600,000.

Track 2 projects have a maximum award of $500,000. Institutions that have not received NSF funding in the past 5 years are eligible for a maximum of $600,000.

Term of Contract
Track 1 projects are for up to three years. Institutions that have not received NSF funding in the past 5 years are eligible for up to four years.

Track 2 projects are for up to three years. Institutions that have not received NSF funding in the past 5 years are eligible for up to four years.

Contact Information
Program Contacts:
- Kalyn S. Owens, telephone: (703) 292-4615, email:
- Connie K. Della-Piana, telephone: (703) 292-5309, email:
- Michael J. Davis, telephone: (703) 292-7166, email:
- V. Celeste Carter, telephone: (703) 292-4651, email:

For questions related to the use of NSF systems contact:
- NSF Help Desk: 1-800-673-6188
- Help Desk e-mail:

For questions relating to contact Contact Center:
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726

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