NSF Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES): Coordination Hub

The following is a limited submission opportunity with only one proposal per organization allowed. If you are interested please email me a single PDF by September 12, 2017 with the following pre-proposal requirements:

1.      A two-page summary that must include your project:

a.      goals
b.      objectives
c.       methods, and
d.      a short statement of competitiveness (i.e., what you think will discriminate your proposal from the competition, including anything you have done to pre-position yourself/your team for this funding opportunity)

2.      A pro forma budget, including any cost-sharing and facilities requirements and how you plan to meet them; use template: https://www.umass.edu/research/form/pro-forma-budget-template

3.      A short-form CV for the PI and each senior staff person


Program Description:

NSF envisions the Coordination Hub as a team working together and cooperatively with NSF to manage the larger NSF INCLUDES National Network of current and future NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots, NSF INCLUDES Alliances, NSF-funded broadening participation projects, other NSF-funded projects, scholars engaged in broadening participation research, and other organizations. A competitive Coordination Hub proposal will include diverse teams of organizations and individuals with complementary areas of expertise and with justified roles for each partner. Partnering organizations may include academic institutions, professional

organizations, businesses, industry groups, government organizations, non-profit companies, community-based organizations, informal science education organizations, and science- or industry-focused organizations. Because NSF would like many voices at the table, rather than a single entity such as a center, the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub should bring together multiple partners with expertise in broadening participation, collaborative change, and complex organizational management to manage ideas and resources necessary to facilitate the broader NSF INCLUDES vision.

The NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub is a team with expertise across the various functions needed to support the NSF INCLUDES National Network. These functions are outlined below in three categories:

Communication and Networking Functions: From the beginning the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub should direct efforts toward building the infrastructure for the NSF INCLUDES National Network. The Hub should plan to undertake the following activities:

  • facilitate continuous communication and information updates for and with the NSF INCLUDES National
  • Network and the broader STEM community, including technical and communication infrastructure;
  • design and launch community-building and collaboration activities (virtual and face-to-face) by convening
  • networks and stakeholders; and
  • provide an administrative infrastructure, including staff, to coordinate the activities of the NSF INCLUDES
  • Coordination Hub and the network.

Network Assistance and Reinforcement Functions: As NSF INCLUDES Alliances and other organizations join the NSF INCLUDES National Network, the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub should focus attention on assistance and reinforcement activities including the following:

  • provide technical assistance for the NSF INCLUDES Alliances and other NSF INCLUDES National Network
  • partners;
  • conduct research and write reports in support of the NSF INCLUDES National Network; and
  • facilitate shared measurement and data analysis across the NSF INCLUDES National Network.

Visibility and Expansion Functions: The NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub should provide resources for efforts to:

  • focus on expansion and create sustainability within the National Network;
  • increase NSF INCLUDES visibility and communicate impact; and
  • serve as a repository for funding opportunities, research and knowledge generated by the NSF INCLUDES
  • National Network and stakeholders, evaluation, evaluation strategies and syntheses.