National Science Foundation Grant Workshop Introduction to the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program
Discussion leaders Darrell Abney, Maysville Community and Technical College Vince DiNoto, Jefferson Community and Technical College Mark Hundley, KCTCS System Office
Outline Reasons to Participate in Grants Introduction to NSF Website and to FastLane Overview of NSF ATE Solicitation Review of NSF Grant Writing Guidelines Proposal Development Strategies Budget Development Practice
National Science Foundation and FastLane http://www.nsf.gov/ https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/index.jsp
NSF Solicitation Overview Goal of the ATE program - Improve Technological Education “With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.” ATE Deadlines Preliminary Proposal– Always in April Full Proposal – Always in October October 21, 2010 Type of proposal submission Preliminary proposals Encourage/not encourage Full proposals
NSF Solicitation Overview (cont) Project areas ($25 to $300 K per year for 3 years):
Proposal Development Strategies Looking for an idea Personal areas of interest Opportunity to apply a new method or technology Need for professional development School or community need Collaboration with a colleague Review other NSF ATE grant awards
Proposal Development Strategies (cont) Flesh out the idea Read some literature Speak with NSF program officers. Speak with Principal Investigators for similar projects Write a 1- or 2-page summary Answer the questions: What do I want to do and what is needed to carry out this work? Determine Goals of the Proposal Develop some Objectives Write a short (3-5pp) concept paper or abstract to sharpen your idea. Discuss with other colleagues. Find a devil’s advocate.
Proposal Development Strategies (cont) Budget development and budget narrative Consider the scope of the project and answer the question: What resources are needed? How do I decide what is needed? NSF budget format. Personnel Fringe Equipment Travel Participant Support Stipends, Travel, Subsistence, Other Other Materials, Supplies, Dissemination, Consultant Services, Computer Services, Subawards, Other (Including Evaluation) Indirect Costs
Proposal Development Strategies (cont) Budget narrative and project abstract are the two most important documents in any proposal.
Practice/Discussion Practice problem: You are an IT faculty member. At your college, you notice that teaching technology is not penetrating into the classroom beyond email and PowerPoint. This appears to be true at area secondary schools as well. Some businesses have also remarked about the need for more complex technological skills. Outline a program abstract and sketch a budget that would address this. Stay within a two-year, $200,000 maximum award framework.