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:
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:
For further information on the program tracks, see https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2023/nsf23584/nsf23584.pdf#page=4.
Estimated Total Program Funding: