Skip to main content

Limited Submission Notice: 2024 National Science Foundation 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.

NSF INCLUDES has five project types. This Limited Submission is for the Design and Development Launch Pilots, Collaborative Change Consortia, and Network Connectors project types only. Proposals must align with the four (4) NSF INCLUDES 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.

For more information, view the full NSF INCLUDES (NSF 22-622) solicitation.


  • Design and Development Launch Pilot – up to $300,000 per year for up to two (2) years.
  • Collaborative Change Consortia – up to $1,000,000 per year for up to five (5) years.
  • Network Connector – up to $250,000 per year for up to two (2) years.

Limited Submission Requirements and Timeline:

One (1) application per institution is permitted per project type, not including conferences.

Only proposals approved by the Division of Research and Economic Development may be submitted to this program. For such approval, PIs must first submit a one- to two-page white paper to by 4 pm on June 14, 2024.

Your white paper should include:

  • The project type (e.g. Design and Development Launch Pilot, Collaborative Change Consortia, Network Connector)
  • A project summary, which includes (1) the broadening participation challenge(s) being addressed, (2) the goal and objectives, (3) how collaborative infrastructure will be built, (4) the potential impact of the project (i.e., benefits, outcomes), and plans to connect and contribute to the INCLUDES National Network.
  • List of organizations you will collaborate with and/or will be part of a consortium to fulfill the goals of the project type.

White papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Clearly defines the broadening participation challenge to be addressed
  • Demonstrates how collaborative infrastructure will be built
  • Clear goal, objectives and outcomes of the project.
  • Strong sustainability plan for the program with institutional leadership support
  • Robust plan to connect and contribute to the INCLUDES National Network.

Key Submission Dates:

  • June 14 , 2024 by 4 pm – White papers due to (we encourage you to cc your Dean for visibility as well)
  • June 26, 2024 – Anticipated date applicants will be notified of approval
  • October 15, 2024 – All final proposal documents due to OSP
  • October 22, 2024 – Full proposal due to NSF

Important Note on Sponsor Requirements:

  • Investigators planning to submit a proposal are strongly encouraged to submit a one-page description of their proposal idea to at least two (2) months prior to proposal submission so that an NSF INCLUDES program director can provide feedback on alignment of the idea with NSF INCLUDES’ goals.
  • An individual may serve as a PI or Co-PI on only one NSF INCLUDES proposal per annual due date, not including conferences.
  • 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.

NOTE: Please send all inquiries and submissions for Limited Submission opportunities to