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Limited Submission Notice: NSF INCLUDES


National Science Foundation (NSF)


The vision of NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) catalyzes the STEM enterprise to work collaboratively for inclusive change, resulting in a STEM workforce that reflects the diversity of the nation’s population. NSF INCLUDES seeks to broaden participation in STEM fields through a National Network that inspires and accelerates collaborative efforts aimed at increasing the active participation of those who have been historically excluded and/or underserved in STEM. NSF INCLUDES is distinguished by its focus on collaborative infrastructure building to achieve systemic impacts and results at scale.

Proposals must align with the program’s four (4)  key principles, described in the solicitation: (1) broadening participation in STEM, (2) enabling sustainable change in systems, (3) scaling up outcomes in ways that advance equity, and (4) building collaborative infrastructure. These key principles should be integrated throughout proposals and should align with the proposed activities.

Please see the program solicitation here for full details.


NSF INCLUDES anticipates funding 10-15 Awards, with a TOTAL program budget of $5,500,000. NSF INCLUDES anticipates funding up to:

  • Two (2) Design and Development Launch Pilots
  • Two (2) Collaborative Change Consortia
  • One (1) Alliance
  • Five (5) Network Connectors
  • Five (5) Conferences

Limited Submission Requirements and Timeline:

One (1) application per institution is permitted.

Only proposals approved by the Division of Research and Economic Development may be submitted to this program. For such approval, Principal Investigators must first submit a white paper (max: 2 pages) to by July 21, 2023.

White papers will be evaluated based on the below and should:

  • Indicate project type and describe the work to be undertaken, including goal(s), objectives, and expected significance of the proposed activities
  • Describe broadening participation challenge(s) being addressed
  • Briefly describe the actions that will enable sustainable change
  • Provide a brief overview of the methods for building collaborative infrastructure
  • Articulate the Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts of proposed activities

If selected to submit a full proposal, investigators must ensure that proposals meet all requirements stated in the RFP, in the announcement, and in the implementing laws and regulations related to this grant program.

Key Submission Dates:

  • 7/21/2023 – White paper due to preaward@boisestate.eduWe encourage you to cc your Dean for visibility as well.
  • 8/4/2022 – Internal Awardee (and Non-awarded Internal Applicants) Notified.
  • 10/16/2023 – Full proposal due to PreAward in the Office of Sponsored Programs.
  • 10/23/2023 – Full proposal due to NSF.

Important Notes:

  • Investigators planning to submit a proposal are strongly encouraged to submit a one-page description of their proposal idea to at least three months prior to proposal submission.
  • All NSF INCLUDES funded projects must operationalize five design elements of collaborative infrastructure – (1) shared vision, (2) partnerships, (3) goals and metrics, (4) leadership and communication, and (5) expansion, sustainability, and scale – to create systemic change that will lead to the substantially broadened participation of individuals from historically excluded and under-served groups in STEM.
  • An individual may serve as a PI or Co-PI on only one NSF INCLUDES proposal per annual due date , not including conferences. Proposals that exceed the PI or Co-PI limit will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made. A PI or co-PI of an active NSF INCLUDES Alliance may not be a PI or co-PI on a proposal under this solicitation, if the Alliance would still be active at the start of the new award. This limit does not include conference proposals.


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