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UHM internal competition guidelines for the NSF INCLUDES limited submission opportunity are described below. Please circulate to faculty investigators.

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 create networked relationships among organizations whose goals include developing talent from all sectors of society to build the STEM workforce. This initiative seeks to improve collaborative efforts aimed at enhancing the preparation, increasing the participation, and ensuring the contributions of individuals from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise: women, persons with disabilities, African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Significant advancement in the inclusion of these groups will result in a new generation of STEM talent and leadership to secure our nation’s future and long-term economic competitiveness.

NSF Program Solicitation


Two-year pilot projects that explore the feasibility of bold, innovative ways for solving a broadening participation challenge in STEM. Successful pilots will deliver models or prototypes, which incorporate data and measurement infrastructures, supporting collective efforts aimed at increasing the active participation of those who have been traditionally underserved and underrepresented in all STEM fields.

Each Launch Pilot will be funded for up to two years, for a maximum of $300,000. Successful pilots will deliver models or prototypes, including measurement/data infrastructures, enabling collective efforts aimed at increasing the active participation of those who have been traditionally underserved and underrepresented in particular STEM fields or across all fields of STEM.

Teams of organizations might come together locally, regionally, nationally, by disciplinary focus, or by other multisector categories. Key to a successful proposal will be the identification of a specific goal and measurable objectives, and an argument that the set of partners being assembled includes all who are needed to successfully address the objective. The plan must articulate its potential for expansion, if funded, as a NSF INCLUDES Alliance (the second of three components of the INCLUDES program).

Limit On Number Of Proposals

UHM may serve as the lead institution on only one (1) Design and Development Launch Pilot preliminary or full proposal, although UHM may serve as a collaborating partner on other proposals.


  1. Cover page. Include the following:
    1. Proposal title
    2. PI name, position title, department, address, phone, and email address
    3. Names of co-PIs, position title, and department (a maximum of 4).
  2. Program Description. (2 pages total). Describe the proposed program by addressing the following:
    1. Personnel ( 1/2 page). Provide a list of project personnel plus each person’s institutional affiliation, and a brief description of that person’s role(s) in the project.
    2. Project Description (1 1/2 pages). The most competitive preliminary proposal project narratives will address the following questions:
      1. Vision: What broadening participation challenge(s) will be addressed and what is the broader vision of the partnership, network, or alliance for effecting change? What innovative strategies will be used? How do those strategies build upon previous efforts? How are the strategies unique from what was done in the past by the participating organizations?
      2. Partnerships: Which institutions are the proposed partners and what is the evidence that the partnership will be able to use social innovation frameworks such as collective impact to achieve the goals of the project? What expertise do the partnering organizations bring to the effort?
      3. Goals and Metrics: What is the preliminary strategic plan to address the broadening participation challenge(s) identified above, including goals and measurable objectives? Which specific objectives will be addressed by the pilot, and why will successfully addressing these objectives position the PIs to launch a successful, expanded NSF INCLUDES Alliance? What types of data will be collected and how will data be used?
      4. Leadership and Communication: How will the collaboration build capacity for leadership among all partnering organizations? How will the network provide for collective leadership among the partnering organizations? How will project activities and outcomes be broadly shared with the communities of interest?
      5. Potential for Expansion, Impact and Scale: How will the pilot project’s activities contribute to next steps for a research agenda and development plan to expand the network of organizations and activities into a broader alliance? What strategies will be used to getting the project to scale? What will be the overall contribution to broadening participation in the nation’s scientific workforce?
  3. 2-page Biosketches for the PI and co-PI’s

Submit the PDF file to by 4:30 PM, Tuesday, January 3, 2017.Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. NSF’s application due dates are as follows:

No LOI required

Preliminary Proposal Due Date (required) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): February 14, 2017 Full Proposal Deadline (if invited to proceed) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): May 16, 2017

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