September Announcements

Alan T. Waterman Awardee Lecture: Natalie S. King, Ph.D.: “Show them who you are – uninterrupted: Radical possibilities for fostering identity and community in STEM Education”

Please join the U.S. National Science Foundation on September 28th, 2023, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm ET for a lecture by Dr. Natalie S. King of Georgia State University, a 2023 Alan T. Waterman awardee. During this lecture, Dr. King emphasizes the advancement of Black girls in STEM education and the role of curricula and teacher diversity in promoting equity. Dr. King promotes inclusion in science education through evidence-based STEM education initiatives. Dr. King is a University of Florida alum and was nominated by Dr. Thomasenia Adams for the Waterman award. To register in advance for this lecture please visit here. Please submit any accessibility accommodations to ccurran@nsf.gov 10 days in advance.

  • Thursday, September 28, 2023

          1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET


Alan T. Waterman Award Call for Nominations

The Alan T. Waterman award recognizes determined young researchers who specialize in science and engineering fields supported by NSF. The annual Waterman award for early career engineers and scientist is the nation’s highest honor. Awardee(s) will receive a grant of $1,000,000 over the course of five years for research centering science and engineering disciplines. NSF supports disciplines within biological sciences, computer and information science and engineering, engineering, geoscience, and STEM education. For more information regarding nominations, please visit the link here.

Nominations for the 2024 Alan T. Waterman Award will be accepted from July 17-September 15, 2023, through the NSF Awards portal (https://honorary-awards.nsf.gov/site)


Research Promotion Initiative

The University of Florida’s Research Promotion Initiative is a competitive award designed to help connect UF’s research to a broad audience. To enter your research for consideration, please submit your peer reviewed journal articles, books, literary essays, or scholarly monographs to UF’s Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing by using this link. UF will award $1,000 to authors of selected works for promotion that can be used on research related activities. If you have any questions, please contact UF public relations specialist, Blake Trauschke at btrauschke@ufl.edu.


The Florida Research Data Center is now open!

The Florida Research Data Center (FLRDC), located on UF’s East Campus, fosters a secure environment where researchers can analyze data collected the by the U.S Census Bureau, and federal statistic agencies. Researchers from universities, government agencies, and private institutions will all be able to access information provided through the FLRDC. In order to access this information, researchers are asked to draft a proposal to be submitted to their desired federal agency. Researchers are strongly encouraged to consult with a FLRDC administrator about the content of their research proposal. For more information, please visit the website link FLRDC or the PowerPoint link FLRDC_PPT.


FastLane September 29th Deadlines

  1. Friday September 29, 2023, is the last day to submit proposal file updates and budget revisions on FastLane. For more information, please visit the FastLane System Decommissioning
  2. Friday September 29, 2023, is the last day to access FastLane submitted and in progress letters of intent, proposals, and supplemental funding requests in FastLane. Please refer to this link for instructions to access and download FastLane letters of intent, proposals and supplemental funding request.
  3. Friday September 29, 2023, is the last day to access the FastLane homepage using the fastlane.nsf.gov  

Research.gov and Grants.gov October 20th Deadlines

  1. Friday October 20, 2023, is the last day to upload the NSF fillable PDF format for the biographical sketch and current and pending support.

For information on the about NSF proposal submissions via Grants.gov please visit the Grants.gov Proposal Processing in Research.gov informational page.


New NCSER Commissioner

The Institute of Educational Sciences is excited it announce that Dr. Nathan Jones will be the new NCSER Commissioner. Dr. Jones is an associate professor in the Special Education program at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Congratulations Dr. Jones!

Newly Funded Awards – August 2023

Principal Investigator: Zandra de Araujo – Lastinger Center for Learning

Co-PI: Philip Poekert – Lastinger Center for Learning

Funding Agency: Helios Education Foundation

Project Title: Math Exploration and Summit Series

Project Period: 8/1/2023 – 2/1/2025

Award Amount: $300,000


Principal Investigator: Mary Bratsch-Hines – Lastinger Center for Learning

Co-PI: N/A

Funding Agency: Take Stock in Children

Project Title Take Stock in Children 2023-24

Project Period: 9/1/2023 – 8/31/2024

Award Amount: $85,000


Principal Investigator: Philip Poekert – Lastinger Center for Learning

Co-PI: Zandra de Araujo – Lastinger Center for Learning

Funding Agency: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Project Title: Gates Mathematics Advocacy Grant

Project Period: 7/30/2023 – 12/31/2024

Award Amount: $425,000


Principal Investigator: Paige Pullen – Lastinger Center for Learning

Co-PI: N/A

Funding Agency: Palm Beach County School Board

Project Title: Palm Beach Accelerating Literacy Momentum (PALM)

Project Period: 7/31/2023 – 6/30/2024

Award Amount: $540,000


Principal Investigator: Paige Pullen – Lastinger Center

Co-PI: N/A

Funding Agency: Lee County Public School Board

Project Title: Lee County ALO 2023-24

Project Period: 8/1/2023 – 6/30/2024

Award Amount: $795,000


Principal Investigator: Patricia Snyder – AZCEECS/SESPECS

Co-PI: Crystal Bishop – AZCEECS

Funding Agency: School District of Manatee County

Project Title: Manatee County – Accelerating Literacy Outcomes

Project Period: 7/1/2023 – 6/30/2024

Award Amount: $329,000


Principal Investigator: Patricia Snyder – AZCEECS/SESPECS

Co-PI: Crystal Bishop – AZCEECS

Funding Agency: Florida Department of Health Children’s Medical Services

Project Title:  Florida Embedded Intervention and Practices with Caregivers: Early Steps Professional Development Project (FL-EPIC ESPD) – Supplement 23-26

Project Period: 7/1/2023 – 6/30/2026

Award Amount: $2,136,000


Principal Investigator: Ross van Boven – P.K. Yonge

Co-PI: N/A

Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education (Subcontract – U.S. Department of Education Flow through)

Project Title: Title II, Part A: Supporting Effective Instruction

Project Period: 7/1/2023 – 6/30/2024

Award Amount: $78,698

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Submitted Proposals – August 2023

Principal Investigator: Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko – School of Teaching and Learning

Co-PIs: Kara Dawson – School of Teaching and Learning, Benjamin Lok – Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Proposal Title: Developing and Testing Innovations [DTI]: Neurodiverse Children Training Conversational Agents for Improved AI and Cybersecurity Literacy

Period: 1/1/2024 – 12/31/2026

Requested Amount: $1,295,313


Principal Investigator: Zandra de Araujo – Lastinger Center for Learning

Co-PIs: Christopher Engledowl – Lastinger Center for Learning

Funding Agency: U. S. Department of Education/OESE

Proposal Title: Building Positive Algebra Experiences (B-PAX) Through Engagement with the Math Matrix

Period: 7/1/2024 – 6/30/2029

Requested Amount: $4,000,000


Principal Investigator: Catherine Cavanaugh – Lastinger Center for Learning

Co-PIs: N/A

Funding Agency: Florida’s Division of Early Learning (Subcontract – DHHS Flow Though)

Proposal Title: Early Childhood Educator Stipends – SR101 Supplemental funds

Period: 6/30/2022 – 6/20/2023

Requested Amount: $209,179


Principal Investigator: Dwight Irvin – AZCEECS/SESPECS

Co-PIs: N/A

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Proposal Title: SCC-IRG Track 1 Enhancing Parent-child Interactions in the Community (EPIC): Improving Language Outcomes for Infant-Toddlers with Language Lags

Period: 1/1/2024 – 12/31/2026

Requested Amount: $2,499,900


Principal Investigator: Maya Israel – School of Teaching and Learning

Co-PIs: Donald Miller – Dean’s Area

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Proposal Title: Collaborative Research: The role of Art + Computing teacher professional development in expanding middle school girls’ Computer Science Career Pathways

Period: 3/1/2024 – 2/28/2027

Requested Amount: $749,181


Principal Investigator: Walter Leite – SHDOSE

Co-PIs: N/A

Funding Agency: Accelerate Learning

Proposal Title: Quasi-experimental analysis of effects of STEMscopes Science 5th grade curriculum on school science passing rates

Period: 9/1/2023 – 1/31/2024

Requested Amount: $30,000


Principal Investigator: Wei Li – SHDOSE

Co-PIs: N/A

Funding Agency: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (Subcontract – NSF Flow Through)

Proposal Title: Methods and Tools for Designing and Analyzing Multilevel Cost-Effectiveness Studies Based on Monte Carlo Intervals of the Incremental Cost-Effectiveness Ratio

Period: 9/1/2024 – 8/31/2027

Requested Amount: $69,987


Principal Investigator: Kathrin Maki – SESPECS

Co-PIs: N/A

Funding Agency: Texas A & M University College Station (Subcontract – NSF Flow Through)

Proposal Title: The Science of Multidisciplinary Team Decisions (SciMDT)

Period: 8/1/2024 – 7/31/2026

Requested Amount: $221,165


Principal Investigator: Justin Ortagus – SHDOSE

Co-PIs: Lindsay Lynch – SHDOSE

Funding Agency: South Florida State College (Subcontract – NSF Flow Through)

Proposal Title: HSI Pilot Project: Amplifying Community College Experiences in STEM

Settings (ACCESS) at a Rural, Hispanic-Serving Institution

Period: 8/15/2024 – 8/14/2026

Requested Amount: $139,641


Principal Investigator: Yiqin Pan – SHDOSE

Co-PIs: N/A

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Proposal Title: Applying Machine Learning Techniques for the Prevention and Detection of Item Preknowledge in Computerized Adaptive Testing

Period: 4/1/2024 – 3/31/2025

Requested Amount: $128,556


Principal Investigator:  Paige Pullen – Lastinger Center for Learning

Co-PIs: Philip Poekert – Lastinger Center for Learning

Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education

Proposal Title: FDOE Literacy Matrix and Coaching 2024-25

Period: 9/1/2023 – 8/31/2024

Requested Amount: $1,000,000


Principal Investigator: Paige Pullen – Lastinger Center for Learning

Co-PIs: N/A

Funding Agency: Lake Wales Charter Polk Avenue Elementary

Proposal Title: Polk Avenue Elementary Small Group Literacy Instruction

Period: 9/1/2023 – 6/30/2024

Requested Amount: $116,500


Principal Investigator: Paige Pullen – Lastinger Center for Learning

Co-PIs: N/A

Funding Agency: School Board of Sarasota County

Proposal Title: Sarasota County Schools – Literacy Coach Endorsement

Period: 9/1/2023 – 6/30/2024

Requested Amount: $60,000

Nominations for 2024 Alan T. Waterman Award Now Open

The Alan T. Waterman Award is the highest honor awarded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). In 1975, Congress established the award in honor of the agency’s first director and to recognize outstanding young researchers in any field of science or engineering supported by the NSF. In addition to a medal, each awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over five years for scientific research or advanced study at the institution of the recipient’s choice. Self-nominations are not accepted. If you believe you qualify and would like to be nominated, reach out to your school director and copy Ana Puig. The nominations portal for the Alan T. Waterman award closes Friday, September 15, 2023.

Conducting Implementation Research in Impact Studies of Education Interventions Webinar

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) will hold a 90-minute webinar in which Carolyn Hill from the MDRC will offer an overview of IES’s recently released guide for researchers, Conducting Implementation Research in Impact Studies of Education Interventions. She will be joined by a panel of researchers who will describe their experiences conducting implementation research as part of high-quality impact studies of educational interventions. The webinar will also include an audience Q&A. Registration is free.

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2023
    2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

    Online

2023 Annual Undergraduate Research Expo

UF’s Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students (CURBS) and UF Student Government will be hosting the 2023 Undergraduate Research Expo, which serves to familiarize undergraduates with the variety of research conducted at UF and provide them with the opportunity to network with research faculty members. Faculty, graduate students, and research groups from all disciplines are welcome. To learn more about the expo and register to participate, click here. The registration deadline is Friday, September 1, 2023.

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023
    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET

    Reitz Union Grand Ballroom

The 74 Interview with IES Director Mark Schneider

The 74’s Kevin Mahnken recently interviewed the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Director, Mark Schneider, regarding Schneider’s vision for a new role for federal research endeavors. Schneider aims for IES to lead advancements in technologies and treatments that can positively impact student performance. Further discussion topics include education-related legislation, the importance of access and the need to improve national databases, and building a research foundation that can yield revolutionary educational tools on the level of COVID vaccines and ChatGPT. The interview can be read in full here.

2023 NCES STATS-DC Data Conference

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) will be hosting the 2023 NCES STATS-DC Data Conference, in person, from Wednesday, August 9, 2023, through Friday, August 11, 2023, in Bethesda, MD. The theme of the 2023 conference is “Managing the Data Highway.” The conference is free and open to the public. Online pre-registration closes on Friday, July 21, 2023, after which date registration will be held onsite at the meeting. More information and online registration can be found here.

Writing/Designing Winning NSF Proposals Workshop

The University of North Florida is hosting a live online workshop sponsored by the Grant Training Center. This workshop will provide information to support a successful grant proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF). The content will cover what to look for in a funding opportunity, how to compose each proposal component, mistakes to avoid, and more. The workshop registration is now available. The fee of $395 is not due at the time of registration.

– Tuesday, June 13, 2023

10:30 AM – 6:00 PM EDT

NSF Regional Workshop

Dr. Margaret Martonosi, National Science Foundation (NSF) Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), will lead a proposal-writing workshop focused on faculty, post-docs, and administrators in all disciplines conducting research in computer science, information science, engineering, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, statistics, mathematics, and technology policy. Dr. Martonosi and representatives from the CISE team will provide a limited number of 1:1 consultations reviewing specific proposal ideas. If interested in attending, RSVP by Friday, June 2, 2023 at 5:00 PM. Parking for the workshop is free, and lunch will be provided.

– Monday, June 12, 2023

11:30 AM – 4:30 PM EDT

Straughn Center

2142 Shealy Drive

Gainesville, FL 32608

UF’s Research Promotion Initiative

UF’s Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing (SCM) encourages submissions from all areas on campus to their Research Promotion Initiative. The competitive award is designed to help researchers connect with a broad audience. SCM awards selected authors $1,000 for use on research-related activities including travel, books, and supplies. Additional resources provided by SCM can be found here. Questions can be directed to Blake Trauschke, UF public relations specialist, at btrauschke@ufl.edu.