NSF ITEST Proposal Writing Workshop: Developing a Strong ITEST Proposal


STELAR hosted this one-day workshop on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL), which was designed for people who have not been previously funded through the National Science Foundation's ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) Program.

The National Science Foundation's ITEST program supports the research and development of innovative models for engaging K-12 students in authentic experiences that build their capacity to participate in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. ITEST projects must include students and may include teachers. The ITEST program solicitation (NSF 14-512) is in the process of revision and will be released within the next year. The workshop familiarized participants with the goals of the ITEST program and the NSF proposal preparation process including:

  1. -          What makes a compelling concept for NSF
  2. -          Key components of a competitive/fundable proposal
  3. -          The elements of writing a successful proposal
  4. -          Understanding the proposal review process
  5. -          Support provided by the ITEST Community of Practice

Videos of the presentations are available via the Links on the right sidebar.


Developing a Strong ITEST Proposal
Where applicable, presentation materials have been made available.

10:00-10:30am       Registration

10:30-11:30am       Opening Plenary & Event Overview
- Developing Strong NSF Proposals for the ITEST and Cyberlearning Programs

11:30-11:45am       Welcome from Dr. Brian L. Johnson, 7th President, Tuskegee University

11:45-12:30pm       National Science Foundation Proposal Development: Overview Plenary
- Introduction to the National Science Foundation [Bob Russell, National Science Foundation]

12:30-2:00pm    Collaboration & Networking Lunch
- NSF Criteria: Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts [Bob Russell, National Science Foundation]

2:30-3:30pm           ITEST Projects in Action
- AMAYS: Acquainting Metro Atlanta Youth With STEM [Brendan Calandra, AMAYS; Maggie Renken, AMAYS]
- Innovative Flight Simulation Experiences for Students and Teachers [Dr. M. Javed Khan, Dr. Chadia Affane Aji, Dr. Marcia Rossi, Tuskegee University]
- Memphis Virtual STEM Academy at East High School [Dr. Alfred Hall, University of Memphis]

3:30-4:45pm           What Makes for a Competitive ITEST Proposal
- Proposal Elements and Guidelines for Submission [Bob Russell, National Science Foundation]
- ITEST Research and Evaluation [Carrie Parker, STELAR]

See Related Documents for presentation slides, and the Link section for the video recordings of the event.  Please note that some of the recordings may involve a lag between the audio and video tracks.

Examples of funded ITEST projects and other web resources can be found on the STELAR website.  This workshop was sponsored by the NSF STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR), the resource center for the ITEST program.