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ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (NSF 20-554)

Sponsor: NSF
Internal Deadline: 02/27/2024
Institutional Submission Limit: 1
Sponsor Deadline: 04/25/2024
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The NSF ADVANCE program seeks to enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and to mitigate the systemic factors that create inequities in the academic profession and workplaces. Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate. All NSF ADVANCE proposals are expected to use intersectional approaches in the design of systemic change strategies in recognition that gender, race and ethnicity do not exist in isolation from each other and from other categories of social identity.

The solicitation includes four funding tracks: Institutional Transformation (IT), Adaptation, Partnership, and Catalyst.

USC may submit only one proposal to the IT-Preliminary, Adaptation, OR Catalyst awards, and may submit only one proposal to the Partnership award.

Track NOTES:
   1)     Institutional Transformation track A Preliminary Proposal is REQUIRED by April 25, 2024. Only IHEs encouraged by NSF after review of an IT-Preliminary proposal should submit a full IT proposal – IT proposals are accepted before and after the target date (First Thursday in October, Annually)
   2)    Adaptation and Partnership tracks ONLY A letter of intent IS REQUIRED by August 5, 2024. Submitting a letter of intent automatically allows you to submit a full proposal. Work on the full proposal should have started well before the letter of intent deadline. Full Proposal deadline: First Wednesday in November, Annually
   3)    Catalyst Track Catalyst proposals are accepted before and after the target date. Please contact the program office before submitting a proposal to discuss timing for submission. Target date: First Friday in August, Annually

Submission Process

Limited submissions MUST be coordinated with the Office of the Vice President for Research.

If interested in applying for this opportunity, email a two-page project abstract, include at top the program track to which you are applying, the project title, PI, and list of key collaborators, as well as a 2-3 page CV/biosketch for the PI (SCiENcv preferred) by 5pm on the INTERNAL DEADLINE above to Julie Morris at

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