ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers: Institutional Transformation (IT)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grant amount: Up to US $3,000,000

Next deadline: Apr 10, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Jan 16, 2020 (Full proposal), Apr 14, 2021 (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: College / University

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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The ADVANCE program is designed to address gender equity through the identification and elimination of organizational barriers that impede the full participation and advancement of women in academic institutions. Proposals should identify key barriers to gender equity, recognizing that these may exist in multiple forms (e.g., in policy, practice, culture, and climate) and design or adapt strategies to address these barriers. Because the experiences of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) academic careers may be influenced by many characteristics in addition to gender, all ADVANCE proposals are expected to take this into account in proposal design, research, evaluation, and data (see additional review criteria). These characteristics might include race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability status, foreign-born and foreign-trained status, and faculty appointment type, and/or other characteristics relevant to the systemic gender equity issues to be addressed in the ADVANCE proposal.

ADVANCE projects require multidisciplinary teams with a range of expertise to conceptualize, implement, and evaluate the project. The team of principal investigators is expected to be representative of the theoretical, methodological and contextual expertise necessary based on the proposed project activities, research, and evaluation.

ADVANCE proposals may include financial support for students and postdoctoral scholars who are doing work on the ADVANCE project implementation or on the ADVANCE research. However, ADVANCE proposals cannot include programming or financial support for STEM students or postdoctoral scholars not directly working to implement the ADVANCE project.

Institutional Transformation (IT) Track

Five-year, innovative, institution-wide projects with a comprehensive plan to foster gender equity for STEM faculty, inclusive of all STEM disciplines.

Project Scope

IT awards support innovative, comprehensive strategies for systemic change in a single non-profit academic institution. Two-year institutions, predominantly undergraduate institutions, master’s level institutions, and Minority-Serving Institutions are particularly encouraged to apply for an IT award. The proposed issues that will be addressed should be based on institutional data and analysis that show a differential impact by gender on faculty outcomes such as but not limited to: hiring, tenure, promotion, salary, leadership participation, service work, job satisfaction, work-life balance, and research and teaching productivity. All STEM faculty types (e.g., ranked faculty, adjunct faculty, basic research faculty) should be included in the project. IT projects are expected to include all departments and schools with STEM fields. To the extent possible and to extent relevant to the proposal, data should be disaggregated by the multiple characteristics to be addressed by the project (race, ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation, foreign-born and foreign-trained status, faculty appointment type, etc.), in addition to gender. The IT project must include a rigorous research study related to the ADVANCE project that contributes to knowledge about gender equity in STEM academics. The study may be based in the methods and theories from the social, behavioral, learning, or economic sciences. 

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