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Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM

Nov 8th, 2017 -- dmbsrs

Synopsis. Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are efficacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice, and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?

Successful proposals typically have a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or other factors.

This program offers two modes of support, standard research grants and institutional transformation grants.  The full solicitation is available at NSF 15-528.

Eligibility.  Only one proposal may be submitted by RIT.  There is no limit on the number of proposals under which RIT may be included as a non-lead collaborator or sub-awardee.

Internal Proposals.  Interested applicants should provide a summary of no more than two pages addressing the merit review criteria, including those specific to this program. 


  • Internal proposals should be sent to no later than December 15, 2017.
  • Full proposals are due to NSF by 5 p.m. on February 15, 2018.