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Broadening Participation in Computing

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005
Administered by:

National Science Foundation, Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management, Headquarters
(see all US Federal Agencies)

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  • Original Grant - Mar 1, 2005
Applications Due:

Jun 14, 2005
also, recurring dates for full proposal submissions: First Wednesday in April, in 2006 and 2007. Letters of Intent are required for BPC Supplement Requests ONLY. See full announcement for details.

total funding: $14,000,000
max award: $3,000,000
min award: $10,000
cost sharing, matching: No
number of awards: 20
type of funding: Grant

The Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) program aims to significantly increase the number of students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents receiving post secondary degrees in the computing disciplines. Initially, its emphasis will be on students from communities with longstanding underrepresentation in computing: women, persons with disabilities, and minorities. Included minorities are African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. The BPC program seeks to engage the computing community in developing and implementing innovative methods to improve recruitment and retention of these students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Because the lack of role models in the professoriate can be a barrier to participation, the BPC program also aims to develop effective strategies for identifying
and supporting members of the targeted groups who want to pursue academic careers in computing. While these efforts focus on underrepresented groups, it is expected that the resulting types of interventions will improve research and education opportunities for all students in computing. There are three components to the BPC program: Alliances. Broad Alliances of institutions and organizations will design and carry out comprehensive programs that address underrepresentation in the computing disciplines. Alliances will join academic institutions of higher learning with secondary schools, government, industry, professional societies, and other not-for-profit organizations. Together, the participants will (1) develop and implement interventions that support students, (2) create sustainable changes in culture and practices at the institutional, departmental, and organizational levels, and (3)
serve as models and repositories for effective practices to broaden participation. The emphasis will be on activities that have significant impact both in the quality of opportunities afforded to students and in the number of students potentially served. While the focus is on implementations, Alliances may include complementary research that informs the design of those implementations by increasing our understanding of longstanding underrepresentation. The leveraging of existing efforts both across and within the targeted communities is strongly encouraged. Demonstration Projects. Demonstration Projects (DPs) are smaller in scope and narrower in focus than Alliance projects. Typically DPs will be pilots of programs that, once fully developed, could be incorporated into the activities of an Alliance. Projects might, for example, focus on a specific underrepresented community, a specific
point in the academic pipeline, or on a specific impediment to full participation in computing. As in the case of Alliances, complementary, well-defined research aimed at informing the development of the project can be included. Supplements. Supplements to existing CISE grants will be made in order to engage more members of the computing research community in significant BPC efforts. These supplements will increase target community participation in specific research areas.

Who can apply:


Eligible functional categories:
Funding Sources:

Computer and Information Science and Engineering

More Information:

NSF Publication 05-562

If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact: NSF Webmaster

Address Info:

National Science Foundation

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