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Advanced Technological Education (ATE)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and Agencies to
Improve Secondary and Undergraduate Technician Education

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline Date:

10/01/20 5:00 PM Submitter's Local Time - For ATE Center proposals, the deadline is for Micro- and Nano-Technologies and Agricultural Technologies only.

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Grants to USA nonprofits, for-profits, IHEs, and state and local governments to improve science and engineering technician education at the secondary school and undergraduate levels. Partnerships with other entities are encouraged, as well as proposals from institutions serving minority and other underserved populations.

The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program promotes improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and the secondary school levels. Proposals to the program may aim to affect specialized technology courses or core science, mathematics, and technology courses that serve as immediate prerequisites or co-requisites for specialized technology courses/programs. The curricular focus and the activities of all projects should demonstrably contribute to the ATE program's central goals: producing more qualified science and engineering technicians to meet workforce demands, and improving the technical skills and the general science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) preparation of these technicians and the educators who prepare them. To this end, it is expected that courses developed or updated will be credit-bearing courses, although materials may also support incumbent worker education.

The ATE program focuses on IHEs that award two-year degrees in advanced technology fields and expects these IHEs and their faculty to have significant leadership roles on all projects. Effective technological education programs should involve partnerships in which two-year IHEs work with four-year IHEs, secondary schools, business, industry, economic development agencies, and government. The partnerships and collaborations should respond to employers' hiring needs for highly-skilled technicians with the ability to learn and embrace change. Projects that focus on secondary school teachers and students must demonstrate a clear pathway to a two-year technician education program.

Fields of technology supported by the ATE program include, but are not limited to, advanced manufacturing technologies, agricultural and bio-technologies, energy and environmental technologies, engineering https://www.grantwatch.com/contact-us.phptechnologies, information technologies, micro- and nano-technologies, security technologies, geospahttps://www.grantwatch.com/contact-us.phptial technologies, and applied research on technician education that informs all supported areas. The ATE program is interested in projects addressing issues in rural technician education and projects that broaden the diversity of the entry-level technical workforce including strategies to recruit veterans into technician education programs.

Activities may have either a national or a regional focus, but not a purely local one as results and outcomes should be applicable to a broad community. Projects must, however, have an institutional impact and make a case that graduates with these skills will have a measurable impact on the local workforce. All projects must be guided by a coherent vision of technological education--a vision that recognizes technicians as life-long learners together with the needs of the modern workplace, including employability skills, and the articulation of educational programs at different levels.

Program Tracks: The ATE program supports proposals in four major tracks: Projects, Small Projects New to ATE, Centers, and Targeted Research on Technician Education.

ATE Projects: ATE Projects focus on one or a few of the focus areas described below. Multifaceted projects that cut across some of these areas are encouraged.
- Program Development and Improvement
- Curriculum and Educational Materials Development
- Professional Development for Educators
- Leadership Capacity Building for Faculty
- Teacher Preparation
- Business and Entrepreneurial Skills Development for Students
- ATE Coordination Networks
- Adaptation and Implementation (A&I)
- Instrumentation Acquisition

Small Projects New to ATE: This track seeks to increase the incentives and opportunities for community colleges that have little or no previous experience with the ATE program to undertake projects to improve science and engineering technician education programs or teacher preparation programs that focus on technological education.

ATE Centers: The ATE program recognizes the need to develop an integrated approach to technician education that will define and disseminate the critical knowledge and skills required to support the advanced technology industries in the US. To facilitate this integrated approach, the ATE program will support up to ten centers.
- Resource Centers
- Center Planning Grant

Targeted Research on Technician Education: The goals of this track are: 1) to simulate and support applied research on technician education in established and emerging advanced technology fields in STEM, and 2) to build the partnership capacity between 2-year and 4-year IHEs with industry input to design and conduct research and development projects.

Conferences and Meetings: The ATE program supports a small number of conferences, meetings, and special projects that lead to a better understanding of issues in advanced technological education.

For more details on each of these tracks, see the RFP document: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18571/nsf18571.pdf#page=5

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174409

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$66,000,000

Number of Grants:

45 to 75 - Projects: Approximately 25-30 new awards, Adaptation and Implementation: approximately 10-15 awards, Instrumental Acquisition: approximately 4 awards; Small projects for institutions new to the ATE program: approximately 12-20 awards; Centers: 1-3 awards; Targeted Research on Technician Education: up to 5 new awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Projects: ranging from $75,000 to $200,000 per year
- Small projects for institutions new to the ATE program: up to $300,000 (each)
- Centers: Funding will be $7.5 million spread over five years; Resource centers: funding will be $1.65 million; Planning Grants for Centers: up to $70,000 (each)
- Targeted Research on Technician Education: ranging from $150,000 total for up to two years to $800,000 total for up to three years

Term of Contract:

- Projects: up to three years
- Small projects for institutions new to the ATE program: over two to three years
- Centers: over five years; Resource centers: over three years
- Targeted Research on Technician Education: up to three years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Except where a program solicitation establishes more restrictive eligibility criteria, organizations in the following categories may submit proposals:

- Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the U.S., acting on behalf of their faculty members.

- Non-profit, Non-academic Organizations - Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations located in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities.

- For-profit Organizations - U.S. commercial organizations, especially small businesses with strong capabilities in scientific or engineering research or education. An unsolicited proposal from a commercial organization may be funded when the project is of special concern from a national point of view, special resources are available for the work, or the proposed project is especially meritorious. NSF is interested in supporting projects that couple industrial research resources and perspectives with those of IHEs; therefore, it especially welcomes proposals for cooperative projects involving both IHEs and the private commercial sector.

- State and Local Governments - State educational offices or organizations and local school districts may submit proposals intended to broaden the impact, accelerate the pace, and increase the effectiveness of improvements in science, mathematics and engineering education in both K-12 and post-secondary levels.

For more eligibility information,including ineligible applicants, see the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg19_1/pappg_1.jsp#IE

NSF project funds may not be used for:
- Replacement equipment or instrumentation that does not significantly improve instructional capability;
- Teaching aids (e.g., films, slides, projectors, "drill and practice" software);
- Vehicles, trailers, laboratory furnishings, or general utility items such as office equipment (including word-processing equipment), benches, tables, desks, chairs, storage cases, and routine supplies;
- Maintenance equipment and maintenance or service contracts;
- The modification, construction, or furnishing of laboratories or other buildings;
- The installation of equipment or instrumentation (as distinct from the on-site assembly of multi-component instruments--which is an allowable charge).

The ATE program does not support projects that focus on students who will become health, veterinary, or medical technicians.

Pre-Application Information:

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

- October 15, 2018
- October 03, 2019
- October 01, 2020

Proposal Deadline Area of Technology (for ATE Center Proposals):

- October 2018 (for funding in 2019) Environmental Technologies, New Emerging Area of Technology, Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Biotechnology
- October 2019 (for funding in 2020) Micro- and Nano-Technologies, Agricultural Technologies
- October 2020 (for funding in 2021) Engineering Technologies, Security Technologies
- October 2021 (for funding in 2022) Energy Technologies, Information Technologies

For Proposals Submitted Via FastLane: To prepare and submit a proposal via FastLane, see detailed technical instructions available in Supporting Documents below.

For Proposals Submitted Via Grants.gov: Before using Grants.gov for the first time, each organization must register to create an institutional profile. Once registered, the applicant's organization can then apply for any federal grant on the Grants.gov website. Comprehensive information about using Grants.gov is available on the Grants.gov Applicant Resources webpage: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants.html.

View the program solicitation online: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18571/nsf18571.htm

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=307174

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

V. Celeste Carter, Lead Program Director, DUE, W11126, telephone: (703) 292-4651, email: vccarter@nsf.gov

Pushpa Ramakrishna, telephone: (703) 292-2943, e-mail: pusramak@nsf.gov

Thomas B. Higgins, Program Director, W11137, telephone: (703) 292-2937, email: thhiggin@nsf.gov

For questions about specific areas of technology or disciplines proposers are encouraged to contact a Program Officer: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18571/nsf18571.pdf#page=17

CFDA Number:

47.076

Funding or Pin Number:

NSF 18-571

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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