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NSF-20-590: Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) – STEM Pathways Implementation-Only (SPIO)

Slots:                                                     Limit to one per organization. The SPIO category is the only category for which USC is eligible.

Internal Deadline:                             Friday, September 11, 2020, noon PT

External Deadline:                            November 20, 2020

Award Information:                         Type: Grant

Anticipated Amount: An estimated amount of $10M will be available for new awards from all LSAMP funding opportunities annually.

Estimated Number of Awards: 13

Who May Serve as PI:                   The Principal Investigator (PI) for should be the President, Chancellor, or Provost of the lead institution and member of the alliance governing board. The alliance governing board is a body of upper-level administrators from each partner institution that oversees the alliance. A full justification is needed for a PI designation at variance with this requirement. Co-principal investigators (Co-PIs) from partner institutions may be designated for the project.


Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is a program in the Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). LSAMP was authorized by Congress and established in 1991 to help diversify the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. The program accomplishes this mission by funding institutions of higher education through a collective plan of action to implement evidence-based strategies for recruitment and retention to STEM degree for students historically underrepresented in these disciplines.


The LSAMP program priorities are to (a) increase individual student engagement, retention and progression to baccalaureate degrees for underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, (b) enable successful transfer of underrepresented minority students from two-year to four-year institutions in STEM programs (c) increase access to high quality STEM mentoring and undergraduate and graduate research experiences, (d) facilitate seamless transition of underrepresented minority students into STEM graduate programs and degree completion and (e) stimulate new research and learning on broadening participation in STEM disciplines.


ALLIANCES: General Requirements

Alliances may consist of different institutional types and are funded to implement comprehensive evidence-based strategies that ultimately result in the graduation of well-prepared, highly-qualified students from historically underrepresented minority groups in STEM disciplines who pursue graduate studies or careers in these fields.


STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Alliances (SPIO)

(For new and reconstituted alliances and alliances in existence for 10 consecutive years or less)

New alliances: Proposals for new alliances should also refer to the section on general alliance requirements. Expectations are placed on institutionalizing, disseminating, and promoting the replication of strategies and collaborative approaches that have been effective in the recruitment and retention of racial/ethnic students historically underrepresented in STEM as well as the successful transition of undergraduate STEM students into graduate STEM programs. Proposals must indicate past institutional successes e.g., efforts at transforming the academic and/or research environment, in producing highly competitive underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines.


Existing Alliances: Proposals for existing or reconstituted alliances should also refer to the section on general alliance requirements. Alliances that have received an initial LSAMP award must adhere to the guidance provided above and address the institutionalization and sustainability of LSAMP-supported activities during the previous project period. Proposals should include a description of the progress that has been made towards sustainability, detailing the components that have been institutionalized, and describing any systemic changes in STEM departments or alliance institutions that have resulted from the NSF LSAMP investment within the project description.


Reconstituted alliances: Reconstituted alliances are projects that have added or replaced partner institutions from the original project. A reconstituted alliance with 50% or more change in institutions is considered a new alliance and eligible for SPIO funding only.


New or reconstituted alliances submitting proposals for this project type should begin the title of the proposal with the following: Louis Stokes New STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Alliance:


Existing alliances submitting proposals for this project type should begin the title of the proposal with the following: Louis Stokes STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Alliance:

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