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  • Innovative Technology Experiences for Students andTeachers (ITEST)



    National Science Foundation

    Directorate for Education & Human Resources Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings

    Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

    November 13, 2015

    August 10, 2016

    Second Wednesday in August, Annually Thereafter

    Annually until Revised


    Revisions to this solicitation:

    Clarification of expectations for research plansClarification of expectations for project evaluationAddition of Solicitation Specific Review Criteria related to broadening participation goalsAddition of a funding track for an ITEST Resource Center which is a one time call for the date of November 13, 2015.

    Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & AwardPolicies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.


    General Information

    Program Title:

    Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

    Synopsis of Program:

    ITEST is a program that promotes PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the science,technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT)workforce of the future. To achieve this objective, ITEST supports the development, implementation, and selectivespread of innovative strategies for engaging students in experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEMand ICT careers; (2) motivate students to pursue the education necessary to participate in those careers; and/or(3) provide students with technology-rich experiences that develop their knowledge of related content and skills(including critical thinking skills) needed for entering the STEM workforce. ITEST projects may adopt aninterdisciplinary focus on multiple STEM domains, focus on a single domain, or focus on one or more sub-disciplines within a domain. ITEST projects must involve students, and may also include teachers. The ITESTprogram is especially interested in broadening participation of students from traditionally underrepresented groupsin STEM fields and related education and workforce domains. Projects that actively engage business and industrypartners to better ensure that PreK-12 experiences foster the knowledge and skill-sets needed for emergingSTEM-related occupations are strongly encouraged. ITEST supports two project types: Strategies projects andSPrEaD (Successful Project Expansion and Dissemination) projects. Strategies projects support the design,implementation, and testing of innovative educational experiences that support the objectives of the ITESTprogram. SPrEaD projects support the wider and broader testing and dissemination of promising strategies togenerate evidence and greater understanding of contextual factors that operate to enhance, moderate, or constrainanticipated project impacts. All ITEST projects may include activities designed to inform judgments regarding thefeasibility of implementing strategies in typical learning environments associated with formal classrooms, out-of-school settings, or combinations of such environments. The ITEST program also invites proposals for an ITESTResource Center to provide technical assistance to projects and provide assistance with the outreach activities ofthe ITEST program.


    This document has been archived and replaced by NSF 17-565.

  • Cognizant Program Officer(s):

    Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points ofcontact.

    Address questions to, telephone: (703) 292-8628, email:

    Julia V. Clark, telephone: (703) 292-5119, email:

    Catherine Eberbach, telephone: (703) 292-4960, email:

    Michael Ford, telephone: (703) 292-5153, email:

    David L. Haury, telephone: (703) 292-5102, email:

    Margret Hjalmarson, telephone: (703) 292-4313, email:

    Julie I. Johnson, telephone: (703) 292-8624, email:

    Rebecca Kruse, telephone: (703) 292-4211, email:

    Julio E. Lopez-Ferrao, telephone: (703) 292-5183, email:

    Celestine H. Pea, telephone: (703) 292-5186, email:

    Joseph Reed, telephone: (703) 292-5187, email:

    Robert Russell, telephone: (703) 292-2995, email:

    Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):

    47.076 --- Education and Human Resources

    Award Information

    Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

    Estimated Number of Awards: 20 to 30

    Approximately 15-20 Strategies awards with durations up to three years and total budgets up to $1,200,000 each will be made,depending on availability of funds; and approximately 5-10 SPrEaD awards with durations of three to five years and total budgetsup to $2,000,000 each will be made. One Resource Center with a budget of up to $3,500,000 will be supported for a duration of 3years.

    Anticipated Funding Amount: $35,000,000

    NSF anticipates having approximately $35,000,000 available for the FY16 competition and approximately $35,000,000 each yearthereafter.

    Eligibility Information

    Who May Submit Proposals:

    The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in theGrant Proposal Guide, Chapter I, Section E.

    Who May Serve as PI:

    There are no restrictions or limits.

    Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

    There are no restrictions or limits.

    Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:

    An individual may serve as the Principal Investigator (PI) for no more than one ITEST proposal during any givenfunding period under this solicitation. In the event that a person submits more that one proposal as PI, only theproposal received first will be considered.

    Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

    A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

    Letters of Intent: Not required

    Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required

    Full Proposals:

    Full Proposals submitted via FastLane: NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, Part I: GrantProposal Guide (GPG) Guidelines apply. The complete text of the GPG is available electronically on the NSFwebsite at: Proposals submitted via NSF Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and



  • Submission of NSF Applications via Guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Application Guide isavailable on the website and on the NSF website at:

    B. Budgetary Information

    Cost Sharing Requirements:

    Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

    Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations:

    Not Applicable

    Other Budgetary Limitations:

    Other budgetary limitations apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

    C. Due Dates

    Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

    November 13, 2015

    August 10, 2016

    Second Wednesday in August, Annually Thereafter

    Annually until Revised

    Proposal Review Information Criteria

    Merit Review Criteria:

    National Science Board approved criteria. Additional merit review considerations apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation forfurther information.

    Award Administration Information

    Award Conditions:

    Standard NSF award conditions apply.

    Reporting Requirements:

    Standard NSF reporting requirements apply.


    Summary of Program Requirements

    I. Introduction

    II. Program Description

    III. Award Information

    IV. Eligibility Information

    V. Proposal Preparation and Submission InstructionsA. Proposal Preparation InstructionsB. Budgetary InformationC. Due DatesD. FastLane/ Requirements

    VI. NSF Proposal Processing and Review ProceduresA. Merit Review Principles and CriteriaB. Review and Selection Process

    VII. Award Administration InformationA. Notification of the AwardB. Award ConditionsC. Reporting Requirements

    VIII . Agency Contacts

    IX. Other Information



    The Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program supports projects that will advanceunderstanding of how to foster increased levels of interest and readiness among students for occupations in science, technology,engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and related fields such as information and communications technologies (ICT). Throughfunds provided by revenue from the federal H1-B visa program, the ITEST program seeks to enrich the forma