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CFP: Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM

by Lyn

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)

Program Solicitation
NSF 15-528

Replaces Document(s):
NSF 14-546

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Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

Office of International and Integrative Activities

Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Directorate for Geosciences

Directorate for Engineering

Directorate for Biological Sciences

Directorate for Education & Human Resources

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time):

March 12, 2015

February 16, 2016

February 15, Annually Thereafter


Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR § 200).

The only significant changes included in this new solicitation are:

Under Eligibility Information/Who May Submit Proposals, the following information was added:

Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

A budgetary limitation was added. The maximum amount now for 5-year awards is $600,000 and the maximum amount for 3-year awards is $400,000.

Under Additional Proposal Preparation and Submission Guidelines, the following new requirement was added:

Proposal Title: The title for the proposal project should begin with the type of award followed by a colon (e.g. Institutional Transformation: or Standard:).

Under PI Eligibility Limit Description an additional sentence was added:

“For Institutional Transformation Research Grant proposals, it is highly recommended that one or more senior members of the administration (e.g. Provost, VP, and/or President) serve as a PI.”

Letters of Collaboration are being requested in this solicitation.


General Information

Program Title:

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)

Synopsis of Program:

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? 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.

CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.

Proposals for awards from minority-serving institutions (e.g. Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions), women’s colleges, and institutions primarily serving persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Spring Funding Competition for Graduate Students, Applications Due April 1

by Lyn

Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies

Awards for Graduate Students, Summer/Fall 2015

This year, we are combining all three of our spring graduate-student awards into a single application process. You can apply for more than one award, but be sure to indicate your choices on the application form and to follow the specific instructions for each award.

 Travel Awards

The Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies is pleased to invite proposals for travel grants of up to $1,000 from graduate students working on STS-related research, that is, research on the intersections of society with science, technology, or medicine. Funds may be used for travel to research sites or for presenting papers at professional conferences. Some preference will be given to students with a Ph.D. minor in STS, but students in all departments are encouraged to apply. These grants fund travel for a variety of purposes, such visits to ethnographic research sites, travel to conduct interviews or engage in collaborative work, and trips to archival collections and specialized libraries. Travel should be completed by the end of the fall 2015 semester, though extensions may be possible with prior approval.

Top-Up Fellowships

The Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies announces a program of top-up fellowships for continuing graduate students with research interests in the field of science and technology studies, broadly construed. Each award totals $4000, distributed in $2000 increments at the start of the 2015-16 and of the 2016-17 academic years. Up to five awards may be offered. These awards are open to graduate students in good standing in any UW-Madison graduate program. Students who accept these awards are expected to attend the Holtz Center brown bag series and other events, and are encouraged to take the introductory graduate seminar, STS 901.

Holtz Center Summer Scholars (for STS minors)

The Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies is pleased to invite applications from UW-Madison doctoral students for research support for the summer of 2015. Applicants may come from any disciplinary background as long as the proposed research includes a strong emphasis on science and technology studies. Awards may support preliminary research in advance of the student’s dissertation, or a phase of the student’s dissertation research. Awards can range between $2,500 and $4,000.

Requirements for Summer Scholars

  • Applicants must be current UW-Madison Ph.D. students entering at least the second year of graduate studies by the fall following the fellowship.
  • Successful applicants must enroll in the STS Ph.D. minor by May 30, 2015 before any award funds are activated. Those who fail to do so will forfeit their awards. They must also commit to completing the STS minor program.
  • Summer Scholars must submit a post-award report of 500 to 1,000 words by Sep. 30, 2015.
  • Recipients of the award are expected to participate fully in the STS community at UW-Madison, including regular attendance at Holtz Center colloquia, workshops and other events.

For all awards, please add the following to the coversheet and submit as a single PDF file:

1) A description of the student’s planned research program, explaining connections to STS topics, literatures and methods, along with a timeline for the period of the fellowship or explanation of the travel to be conducted (not to exceed two single-spaced pages, even if you are applying for more than one award)

2) A current curriculum vitae

3) A current UW unofficial transcript

4) A budget if you are applying for a travel award

5) A brief letter of recommendation from the candidate’s faculty advisor or other faculty member familiar with the student’s record and interests, sent to