University of Southern California


NSF-21-550: NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

Slots:                                        1 per school, an institution may submit one proposal (either as a single institution or as subawardee or a member of an Inter-institutional Consortia project) from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an S-STEM eligible discipline.

Internal Deadline:                      Each school should coordinate their own deadlines and submission process.

LOI:                                          N/A

External Deadline:                      April 7, 2021

Award Type:                              Grant

Estimated Number of Awards:    Approximately 60 – 70 new S-STEM Awards

Anticipated Amount                    Approximately $80 – $115 million annually to support all new S-STEM Awards.


Who May Serve as PI:                    Please see solicitation for specific eligibility per track. There are three tracks (1, 2, 3) for this call.

Purpose:                                   The main goal of the S-STEM program is to enable low-income, talented domestic students to pursue successful careers in promising STEM fields. Ultimately, the S-STEM program wants to increase the number of low-income students who graduate and contribute to the American innovation economy with their STEM knowledge. Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to adapt, implement, and study effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM.


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