Program Synopsis

NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields. NSF INCLUDES supports efforts to develop talent from all sectors of society to build the STEM workforce. The initiative aims to improve the preparation, increase the participation, and ensure the contributions of individuals from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise, including women, members of racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and persons with low socio-economic status. Significant advancement of these groups will result in a new generation of promising STEM talent and leadership to secure our nation’s future in science and technology. In FY 2016, NSF seeks proposals for Design and Development Launch Pilots to catalyze the formation of NSF INCLUDES Alliances.

NSF has provided a Dear Colleague letter describing the release of this new solicitation:

Access the full program solicitation at the following URL:

Funding Amount and Duration of Awards

In FY2016, approximately $12.5 million is available to fund 30-40 NSF INCLUDES two-year Design and Development Launch Pilot Projects at levels up to $300,000 each.

Limit on Number of Preliminary Proposals

UHM may submit only one “preliminary proposal” as the lead institution.

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

An individual may serve as a PI on only one (1) Design and Development Launch Pilot proposal. An individual may serve as the Co-PI on up to three (3) Design and Development Launch Pilot proposals. The PI must hold a permanent position at UHM. The PI must have experience in leading distributed teams and organization.

UHM Internal Competition

Pre-proposals for this internal competition should include the following in the order listed below in one PDF file using the filename: Last name_NSF-INCLUDES_pdf

  1. Cover page. Include the following information:
    1. PI name, position title, department, address, email address, phone number
    2. Name(s) and departmental affiliation(s) of Co-PI(s)
    3. Proposed partners
    4. Project title: “Preliminary Proposal NSF INCLUDES: _____________”
  2. Project summary (Limit 2 pages). Provide a summary description including:
    1. The “broadening participation” (BP) challenge to be addressed and rationale
    2. Preliminary plan to address the BP challenge including goals and measurable objectives
    3. Capacity and vision of the lead partner to develop, manage, and lead a collective effort among collaborative
    4. How pilot project objectives and activities will contribute to a successful NSF INCLUDES Alliance.
  3. 2-page Biosketch for each PI and Co-PI(s)

Submit the PDF file to by 4:30 PM, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, iAVCR. NSF’s preliminary proposal due date is April 15, 2016.