July STELAR Update - Special Issue

Special Issue: Bring your ITEST proposal to the finish line!

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August 11 is the deadline for submitting your ITEST proposal—by now you know that. But do you know that STELAR has resources available to help you cross the submission finish line?

Here are some specific tools and tips that you may find useful as you complete the final push to submission.

Proposal Timeline

Check the high-level timeline suggested by STELAR as part of our self-guided proposal development course. Are the first drafts of your Project Description and Budget finished? Will the final drafts be completed by July 31? Read on for additional tips and assistance!

Final Q&A Session

Need help with your final push before submitting?

On July 21, STELAR will host NSF Program Officers for a final ITEST Q&A Session to help support your proposal development! Register for this “office hours” style webinar and get answers to your questions. Register for Q&A

Proposal Components

Double check STELAR’s ITEST Proposal Quick Reference Guide.

This documents is a checklist/summary of all the elements to include in your proposal—including suggested page lengths for each section. Check your draft against this resource now to see if there are any elements you still need to include.

Quick Reference Guide

Strengthen Your Proposal

Did you review the Solicitation Specific Review Criterial?

Looking at the required elements of your proposal, have you addressed each of the “Solicitation Specific Review Criteria” in your Project Description? This criteria is detailed in section II.B3 of the solicitation, and is in addition to the NSF Merit Review Criteria, Here’s some information on how to meet that requirement.

Solicitation Specific Criteria Tips

Additional Resources and Information

For additional tips, perspectives, and resources be sure to visit the updated Proposal Development page on the STELAR website:


July 20: DRK-12 Solicitation Webinar

August 3: NSF 2023 INCLUDES Network Convening


August 11: Rapidly Accelerating Research on Artificial Intelligence in K-12 Education in Formal and Informal Settings (NSF 23-097)

August 15: 97th Annual NARST Conference


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