The NSF’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning. The purpose of this program is to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments for public and professional audiences. The NSF’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning program seeks to provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences, advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants. An estimated $20 million-$27 million will be available in FY 2014 and FY 2015 to support new awards through the program.
Approximately 31 to 46 awards will be made in FY 2014, and a similar number of awards will be made in FY 2015, pending the availability of funding for the NSF’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning. Due dates: January 14, 2014, and November 14, 2014.
The NSF’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning program supports five types of projects: (1) Pathways, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, and (5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops.