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The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program. V. Celeste Carter Division of Undergraduate Education National Science Foundation [email protected] June 9, 2010. NSF web site ( ). Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE). NSF-wide Education Themes.

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The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program

V. Celeste Carter

Division of Undergraduate Education

National Science Foundation

[email protected]

June 9, 2010

NSF-wide Education Themes

Broadening participation

in the S&E workforce


teacher preparation


research and education

Stimulating students through

Inquiry-based learning

Reaching a broader public

through informal education

education and human resources ehr themes
Education and Human Resources (EHR) Themes
  • Broadening Participation to Improve Workforce Development
  • Enriching the Education of STEM Teachers
  • Furthering Public Understanding of Science and Advancing STEM Literacy
  • Promoting Cyber-enabled Learning Strategies to Enhance STEM Education
  • Promoting Learning Through Research and Evaluation
Selected Programs in DUE

FY2009 FY2010 FY2011

(Actual) (Estimate) (Requested)

ATE $52 $64 $64

TUES/CCLI $66 $63 $61

STEP $29 $30 $30

S-STEM $75-100 /year from H1B visa fees

NOYCE $115 $55 $55

MSP $86 $58 $58

*(in Million)

ATE Program
  • With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the ATE program promotes improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school level and the educators who prepare them, focusing on technicians for high-technology fields that drive the nation’s economy.
  • ATE started with the Science and Advanced Technology Act of 1992 (SATA).
ate program tracks
ATE Program Tracks
  • Projects which focus on:
    • Program Development, Implementation and Improvement;
    • Professional Development for Educators;
    • Curriculum and Educational Materials Development;
    • Teacher Preparation;
    • Small Grants for Institutions New to the ATE Program;
    • Business and Entrepreneurial skills for students in technician education programs;
    • Leadership Capacity Building for faculty.
  • Centers of Excellence – National, Regional, Resource:
  • Targeted Research on Technician Education
  • New ATE solicitation: NSF 10-539
    • Preliminary Proposals: April 22, 2010 (optional)
    • Formal Proposals: October 21, 2010
  • $64 million FY 2010
  • Resources
    • ATE Centers:
    • Evalua|t|eCenter:
    • ATE Central:
    • Educating Biotechnicians:
education and industry
Education and Industry
  • Partnerships
  • Internships
  • Industry input driving curriculum
    • Hire adjunct faculty from industry
    • Skill standards
  • Industry Advisory Board
  • Career pathways
  • Economic Development/WIB involvement (both state and local)
writing a proposal getting started
Writing a Proposal: Getting Started
  • Start EARLY
  • Get acquainted with FASTLANE
  • Read the Program Solicitation and follow the guidelines
    • Learn about the recent DUE awards using the NSF Award Search tool
    • Become an NSF reviewer
    • Contact (e-mail is best) a program officer to discuss your idea. This may cause you to refine your idea and may prevent you from applying to the wrong program
    • Program Officers in DUE: Check the solicitations for names and contact information