University of Southern California


NSF-17-522: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)

Slots:                                                      One                 
LOI:                                                        Not required
Internal Deadline:                            Contact the Office of Research if interested.
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: February 14, 2017, 5pm PST

Full Proposal Deadline:                 May 16, 2017, 5pm PST
Award Information:                       

Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 24
Anticipated Amount: UP to $300,000 per award.

Cost Sharing:                                 Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

Submission Process:                    PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:

Who May Serve as PI:                  

The PI must hold a permanent position at the lead institution. The PI must have experience in leading distributed teams and organizations. Collaboration for impact in STEM relevant activities is desirable but not required.

Additional Information:

A preliminary proposal is required for NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots. All proposers must submit a preliminary proposal that outlines the major goals of the project including the components described below.


NSF INCLUDES aims to mobilize communities concerned with both broadening participation and STEM opportunities to bring renewed focus and effective collaboration to optimizing diversity possibilities across and within STEM fields at scale. This initiative will leverage investments from NSF programs and projects focused on broadening participation and build on lessons learned, promising practices, and proven mechanisms for achieving success.

NSF INCLUDES will fund new models, networks, partnerships, technical capabilities, and research that lead to measurable progress in diversity and inclusion in STEM and have the ability to expand to the national level. The multi-year strategies of NSF INCLUDES are to:

  1. Develop a multi-year plan for a NSF INCLUDES National Network (NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots, Alliances, and a National Backbone organization[10]) by supporting partnerships and networks that may be local/regional, discipline specific or crosscutting multi-stakeholder efforts.
  2. Support stakeholders, including those from specific STEM disciplines, as they identify and develop a set of shared goals and objectives, which are essential for success in achieving inclusion in high-quality opportunities that foster learning, involvement, engagement and workforce participation in STEM.
  3. Support research-informed activities to synthesize and build the research base to define and measure broadening participation efforts, foster the spread and adaptation of proven effective practices, and increase the knowledge base around new and innovative strategies to engage underserved populations in STEM.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.