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Opporutunity Alert

Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Program: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Key Dates:

  • October 3, 2018, 4pm: Synopsis to be considered as a DePaul applicant
  • October 5, 2018: Internal notification to DePaul applicants
  • November 7, 2018: Selected applications due to NSF

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments. DePaul is eligible to submit up to 3 proposals to the AISL competition.

The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences, as more fully detailed in the program announcement linked below.

Please send a single-spaced synopsis of your proposed project not to exceed one-page, a list of planned Project Team and their institutional affiliations and which AISL program you plan to apply to by email to the attention of Dr. Hamer at, with the subject line: NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) no later than 4 pm on October 3rd. Late submissions will not be considered.

Funding level of AISL proposals vary by project type. For more information please see the AISL guidelines linked below.