UHM internal competition guidelines for the NSF – ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers-Adaptation track limited submission opportunity are described below. Please circulate to faculty investigators.

Program Synopsis

The ADVANCE program is centrally focused on funding projects to support systemic change for gender equity in STEM academic careers. Barriers to gender equity may not be identical for all groups of women faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.  All ADVANCE proposals are expected to address intersectionality and should offer strategies to promote gender equity for all faculty. Intersectionality is a concept found in the social sciences which recognizes that gender does not exist in isolation from other characteristics, such as race/ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation, foreign-born and foreign-trained status, faculty appointment type, etc.

Adaptation Track

Three-year projects to adapt and implement proven organizational and systemic change strategies to foster gender equity for STEM faculty. The Adaptation track supports the adaptation and implementation of proven organizational change strategies within a non-profit two-year or four-year academic institution. Adaptation awards may also be made to a STEM organization to implement systemic change strategies focused across all STEM disciplines, several STEM disciplines, or within one STEM discipline.

ADVANCE projects require multidisciplinary teams with a range of expertise to conceptualize, implement, and evaluate the project. The team of principal investigators is expected to be representative of the theoretical, methodological and contextual expertise necessary based on the proposed project activities, research, and evaluation.

ADVANCE proposals may include financial support for students and postdoctoral scholars who are doing work on the ADVANCE project implementation or on the ADVANCE research. However, ADVANCE proposals cannot include programming or financial support for STEM students or postdoctoral scholars not directly working to implement the ADVANCE project.

Access the full program solicitation at the following URL:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization

Non-profit academic institutions are allowed to submit (one) proposal in the competition to the Adaptation track.

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_ADVANCE_ADAPTATION_2017_pdf

  1. Cover page. Include the following information
    1. Proposal title
    2. PI name, position title, department, address, email address, phone number
    3. Name(s) and departmental affiliation(s) of Co-I(s) and collaborators
  2. Project summary (Limit 2 pages)
    1. Provide a summary description addressing the specific information detailed in the “Project description preparation guidance for full proposals-Adaptation” (see url above) including; Institutional or Disciplinary Context; Data, and Problem Analysis; Activities Description; Communication Strategy; Project Evaluation; Organizational Commitment and Sustainability; Project Management, Data Management; and a description of any planned Supplementary Documents.
  3. 2-page Biosketch for each PI and Co-PI(s)
    1. Submit the PDF file to ovcr@hawaii.edu by 4:30 PM, Monday, June 12th, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Dr. Kameoka, AVCR.

NSF’s Due Dates

  • Letter of Intent Due Date (required, due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): August 9, 2017
  • Preliminary Proposal (not required for Adaptation Track)
  • Full Proposal Deadline (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): September 13, 2017