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Sent on behalf of Velma Kameoka, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research:

Dear Manoa Deans and Directors:

UHM internal competition guidelines for the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub (INCLUDES) (NSF 17-591) limited submission opportunity are described below.

Please circulate to faculty investigators.

Access the full program solicitation at the following URL:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1

An organization may serve as the lead institution on only one NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub proposal, although it may serve as a collaborating partner on other proposals.

Competitive proposals will include diverse teams of organizations with complementary areas of expertise and with justified roles for each partner. Partnering organizations may include academic institutions, professional organizations, businesses, industry groups, government organizations, non-profit companies, community-based organizations, informal science education organizations, and science- or industry-focused organizations. Proposers should indicate support from the upper levels of organizational leadership by including letters of collaboration in the supplementary document section.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 2

An individual may serve as a PI or Co-PI on only two (2) NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub proposals.

This solicitation is for a NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub only. In previous NSF INCLUDES solicitations, the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub was referred to as a national backbone organization. NSF anticipates releasing separate solicitations that will offer opportunities for additional NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots and NSF INCLUDES Alliances with due dates in FY2018.


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.

To facilitate the Network’s operation, the program is soliciting proposals for a NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub that will drive and support the work of the NSF INCLUDES National Network over the life-cycle of the initiative by:

  1. promoting the NSF INCLUDES guiding vision and strategy
  2. developing a collaborative infrastructure to support the activities of the various entities partnering in the NSF INCLUDES National Network
  3. fostering progress among Network partners toward shared models, measurement practices, and evaluation criteria
  4. communicating the discoveries of and generating enthusiasm for the NSF INCLUDES National Network; and
  5. advancing the expansion and scale of the NSF INCLUDES National Network by connecting expertise from multiple sectors and other private and public funders

The three critical functions of the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub are summarized below:

  1. Communication and Networking: From the beginning the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub should direct efforts toward building the Network infrastructure by facilitating continuous communication and information updates, designing community activities, and fostering collaboration across all elements of the Network.
  2. Network Assistance and Reinforcement: As NSF INCLUDES Alliances and other organizations join the NSF INCLUDES National Network, the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub should focus attention on assistance and reinforcement activities including technical assistance, conducting research, and facilitating shared measurement and data analysis across the Network.
  3. Visibility and Expansion: The NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub should provide resources for efforts to focus on expansion and sustainability within the National Network, increase NSF INCLUDES visibility and communicate impact, while also serving as a repository for funding opportunities, research and knowledge generated by the NSF INCLUDES National Network and stakeholders.

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_INCLUDES_HUB_pdf

1. Cover page (Limit 1 page). Include the following:

  1. Proposal title: NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub: [Project Title]
  2. PI: name, position title, department, address, phone, and email address
  3. Co-PIs/Collaborators: names, position title, and department.

2. Project description. (Total limit 3 1/2 pages). Provide a summary description addressing the specific information detailed in the full solicitation (see url above) including:

  1. Project summary (Limit 1/2 page max). Provide an overview of the proposed NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub and separately address the Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts.
  2. Project description (Limit 3 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-PIs

Submit the PDF file to by 4:30 PM, Friday, October, 13th, 2017.Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, AVCR.

NSF’s application due dates are as follows:
No LOI required
Full Proposal Deadline (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): November 27, 2017

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