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  • 1. National Science Foundation Grant Workshop
    Introduction to the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program
  • 2. Discussion leaders
    Darrell Abney, Maysville Community and Technical College
    Vince DiNoto, Jefferson Community and Technical College
    Mark Hundley, KCTCS System Office
  • 3. 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
  • 4. National Science Foundation and FastLane
  • 5. Reasons to Participate
    • Increased resources for students
    • 6. Classroom equipment
    • 7. Specialized professional development
    • 8. Networking – professional opportunities
  • 9.
  • 10. 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
  • 11. NSF Solicitation Overview (cont)
    Project areas ($25 to $300 K per year for 3 years):
    • Program Development and Improvement
    • 12. Professional Development for Educators
    • 13. Leadership Capacity Development for Faculty
    • 14. Curriculum and Educational Materials Development
    • 15. Business and Entrepreneurial Skills for Students
    • 16. Teacher Preparation
    • 17. ATE Centers that provide models and leadership:
    – National Centers of Excellence: $5 million over four years
    – Regional Centers of Excellence: $3 million over four years
    – Resource Centers: $1.5 million over four years
  • 18. NSF Solicitation Overview (cont)
    • Small Grants for Institutions New to ATE
    • 19. Maximum $200,000 over 3 years .
    • 20. Can not have received an ATE award in preceding 10 years.
    • 21. Improving STEM programs or teacher preparation programs that focus on technological education.
    • 22. ATE is particularly interested in projects addressing issues in rural technician education.
    • 23. Build on prior ATE work - - - adapt, tweak.
  • 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
  • 24. 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.
  • 25. 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.
    Participant Support
    Stipends, Travel, Subsistence, Other
    Materials, Supplies, Dissemination, Consultant Services, Computer Services, Subawards, Other (Including Evaluation)
    Indirect Costs
  • 26. Proposal Development Strategies (cont)
    Budget narrative and project abstract are the two most important documents in any proposal.
  • 27. 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.