ITEST Proposal Development


Are you considering submitting a proposal to ITEST? You have come to the right place!
The resources under each heading below provide valuable information to help you develop a competitive proposal in response to the 2021 ITEST solicitation. Click the plus sign to expand each section and view the ITEST webinars, databriefs, reports and publications. 

Learn about the new requirement for the preparation and submission of proposals in response to both the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) and Discovery Research pre-K—12 (DRK-12) programs. Review the informational webinar on the CADRE website:

Be sure to review the annual solicitation webinars for the most up-to-date information, provided directly from NSF; ITEST Solicitation Overview, and Write a Competitive Proposal.

There are also two blog articles you may find helpful as you begin to develop your proposal; Developing a Competitive ITEST Proposal: Tips from the STELAR Center, and Leveraging Student Strengths in STEM: Tips for ITEST Proposal Writers.  

We suggest you also peruse the other areas of the STELAR website to learn more about your specific area of interest. We encourage you to browse the project profiles to see what projects have already been funded; read ITEST Program Findings to discover what the previously funded ITEST projects have learned from their research and implementation efforts; and search within resources to find instruments and curricular materials used and developed by ITEST projects.

Support available from STELAR:

Online Course - The ITEST Proposal Development Course is hosted by the STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center, resource center for the ITEST Program. This is a self-paced, online course in which novice NSF proposal writers will develop a full NSF proposal for the ITEST program, to be submitted for the next solicitation deadline. View descriptions of course modules or register now!

Proposal Feedback - Once you have a draft of your proposal, the STELAR team is available to review and provide suggestions on your strengthening your submission. We ask that you contact STELAR with your questions as soon as possible to ensure adequate time for response. 

ITEST Proposal Development Course

Get to Know ITEST

Prepare Your Proposal for Submission

Develop a Robust Research Design

Create an Effective Evaluation Strategy

Connect with Partners

Reach Underserved Populations

Develop the Workforce of the Future