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NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Limited Submission

Jul 25th, 2017 -- dmbsrs

Update: Proposals have been reviewed and further proposals are not being accepted.

Synopsis. The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; 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 engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments. Further information is available at the program page and in the solicitation, NSF 17-573.

The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.

Institutional Limit.  An institution or organization may serve as lead on no more than three (3) proposals submitted to the November deadline. However, an institution or organization may partner as a subaward on other proposals submitted.

Investigator Limit. An individual may be included as a PI or Co-PI on no more than three (3) proposals submitted to the November deadline.

Internal Proposals.  Provide a concept paper of no more than two pages addressing the following:

  1. Project information, including project title; names and affiliations of collaborating personnel; projected total budget.
  2. Identify which of the six project types you wish to pursue and why it is relevant for your research.
  3. Provide a brief rationale for the project with respect to applicable program priorities (choose 1 or more): strategic impact, knowledge-building, innovation, collaborations, infrastructure and capacity building, and broadening participation (see Section 2 of NSF 17-573). Be sure to address the relevance of informal STEM learning and learning environments to the project.  Articulate clear rationales describing why a project is primarily informal and how it adds value to the informal STEM learning community.
  4. A concise description of how you plan to engage both public and professional audiences.
  5. Brief description of benefits to RIT.

Please provide responses to Maria Cortes at


RIT Internal Proposal Deadline: August 24, 2017

Full Proposal Deadline: November 6, 2017