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VCRGE requests internal competition proposals for NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning program

The UW-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education is now accepting proposals for their internal competition for the NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program. UW can only submit three proposals to the program so UW proposals must be submitted to the Graduate School by September 7, 2018.

Project Description

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; and advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments.

The 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
  6. Conferences

Please refer to Program Solicitation for Detailed Project Descriptions

Amount: Anticipated Funding Amount: $33,000,000 to $44,000,000

Duration of Award: Limits for funding requests of AISL proposals are as follows: (1) Pilots and Feasibility projects: up to $300,000 with durations up to two years; (2) Research in Service to Practice projects: from $300,000 to $2,000,000 with durations from two to five years; (3) Innovations in Development projects: $500,000 to $3,000,000 with durations from two to five years; (4) Broad Implementation projects from $1,000,000 to $3,000,000 with durations from three to five years; (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-analyses projects up to $250,000 with durations of up to two years; and (6) Conferences up to $250,000 with durations of up to two years.

Number of Awards: 60 to 85

Pending availability of funds, it is anticipated that about 15-20 Pilots and Feasibility Studies awards, 8-10 Research in Service To Practice awards, 10-15 Innovations in Development awards, 4-6 Broad Implementation awards, 8-10 Literature Reviews, Syntheses, and/or Meta-analyses awards, and 12-18 Conference awards will be made. AISL will also fund 8-10 awards made through the EAGER, RAPID, Research Coordination Networks (RCN) mechanisms and 2-4 each CAREER awards and REU supplements. 


An individual may be included as a PI or Co-PI on no more than 3 proposals.
UW-Madison may submit up to 3 proposals to the AISL program.


The following link contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions:

Internal Competition Application Instructions

To submit your application, follow this link:

Please include the following information:

  • Cover Sheet
  • A project overview of no more than 3 pages using the NSF Program Solicitation as guidance, and include the AISL project type.