NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) Application Now Available

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NationalScienceFoundationThe National Science Foundation accepts proposals for innovative research projects to foster ethical STEM research in all of the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports, including within interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and international contexts. CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.

Proposed research should seek to provide answers to the following: What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice? Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why? Do certain labs have a culture of academic integrity? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, or integrated into other research and learning settings?

Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or membership in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility or humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade.

Successful proposals will include a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along the factors suggested or other factors, or Institutional Transformation (IT) awards, where the comparison is over time– before and after an intervention. For IT, investigators are expected to gather and report baseline data in the first annual report. (See the reporting section of this solicitation for additional reporting requirements for both types of awards).

Award Amount: The anticipated funding amount each year is $3,050,000 for an estimated 6-8 Standard Grants. The maximum award duration is 5 years. Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.
Cost Sharing Requirements: Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.
Eligibility: NSF expects project teams to include persons with appropriate expertise. This might include expertise in the domain or domains of science or engineering on which the project focuses, in ethics, values, evaluation, and pedagogy.
Limitation: One per University
IU Internal Deadline: 11/12/2014
NSF Proposal Deadline: 2/17/2015

Limited Submission

For consideration as an institutional nominee, submit the following documents electronically to limited submission by November 12, 2014 for internal coordination.

  • 1-2 page Project Narrative (limitation does not include references)
  • A Letter of Nomination from Chair or Dean
  • Abbreviated CV for the PI (not to exceed 3 pages)

IUPUI applicants must copy Etta Ward on submissions. Although not required, it is recommended that you contact Donna Carter indicating your interest in this program to help expedite the review process.