White House Issues Strategic Plan for STEM Education

On December 4, the White House issued a five-year strategic plan for STEM education, Charting a Course for Success, America’s Strategy for STEM Education. It includes a vision for the future and a call to action for collaboration among STEM stakeholders nationwide.

The plan describes three goals for stakeholders: Goal 1: Build Strong Foundations for STEM Literacy; Goal 2: Increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM; and Goal 3: Prepare the STEM Workforce for the Future.

The plan suggests pathways and objectives for federal agencies to follow in the coordination and development of their STEM programs over the next five years.

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NSF Announces Support of White House Strategic Plan for STEM Education

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is partnering with other federal agencies in support of the White House strategic plan for STEM education. Specifically, the NSF INCLUDES National Network is a program dedicated to transforming education and diversifying the STEM workforce. NSF INCLUDES is one of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas for future NSF investment. In 2019, NSF plans to invest $30 million in each Big Idea.

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U.S. Department of Education Invests over $200 Million in STEM Education

The U.S. Department of Education (U.S. ED) has invested $279 million in STEM discretionary grant funds in Fiscal Year 2018.

The U.S. ED’s efforts to support STEM education through the STEM discretionary grant priority include funding for the following programs:

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NSF and IES Release New Companion Guidelines on Replication and Reproducibility in Education Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) have jointly issued the Companion Guidelines on Replication and Reproducibility in Education Research (2018), a supplement to the 2013 Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development

The 2013 document Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development describes the six genres of NSF- and IES-funded research that generate evidence for strategies and interventions to increase student learning: foundational, early-stage or exploratory, design and development, efficacy, effectiveness, and scale-up.

The 2018 document Companion Guidelines on Replication and Reproducibility in Education Research focuses on the importance of replication and reproducibility of research and provides guidance on steps researchers can take to promote corroboration and build the evidence base.

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NIH Issues Revised Grants Policy Statement for Fiscal Year 2019

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a revised Grants Policy Statement that applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2018.

This revised version does not introduce new policies, but it does incorporate all policy changes or updates made throughout the previous year and includes significant enhancements to improve the user interface, navigation, and search.

Read the full announcement for details: Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. October 2018) for FY 2019

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New WWC Webinar: How Administrators Can Communicate the Need for Evidence-Based Decision Making

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) will host a free webinar on how WWC resources can support the use of high-quality research evidence in decision making.

December 12, 2018
2:00–3:00 p.m. EST
Register here

If you cannot attend the live event, a recording of the webinar will be available online.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

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PI Eligibility on UF Sponsored Programs

Effective immediately, the university will require college- or director-level approval on requests for non-PI eligible individuals to be the Award PI on non-mentored university sponsored programs.

The eligible classes and the process to request eligibility in UFIRST are detailed at https://research.ufl.edu/dsp/proposals/eligibility-to-submit-a-proposal-for-external-funding.html

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Awarded Projects for November 2018

Congratulations to Alice Kaye Emery for her award from the Florida Department of Education; Justin Ortagus for his award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Philip Poekert for his awards from Study Edge; and Patricia Snyder for her subcontract award IES Flow Through from Temple University.

For more details, see the Awarded Projects table.

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Submitted Projects for November 2018

Best wishes to Maya Israel for her subcontract proposal Robin Hood Foundation Flow Through from the Education Development Center; Herman Knopf and Mildred Maldonado-Molina for their subcontract proposal DHHS Flow Through from Florida’s Office of Early Learning; Mark Pacheco for his subcontract proposal Spencer Foundation Flow Through from Vanderbilt University; Philip Poekert for his subcontract proposal DHHS Flow Through from Florida’s Office of Early Learning; Philip Poekert for his subcontract proposal Helios Education Foundation Flow Through from the UF Foundation; Brian Reichow and Patricia Snyder for their proposal to the National Institutes of Health; and Albert Ritzhaupt for his proposal to the National Science Foundation.

For more details, see the Submitted Projects table.

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