Internal Deadline
Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 8/2/2022

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of “Big Ideas,” 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. As such, when responding to this solicitation, even though proposals must be submitted to the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) / Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors.

NSF INCLUDES is a comprehensive, national initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) discovery and innovation, focused on NSF’s commitment to ensuring accessibility and inclusivity in STEM fields, as communicated in the NSF Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2022 - 2026. The vision of NSF INCLUDES is to catalyze the STEM enterprise to work collaboratively for inclusive change, resulting in a STEM workforce that reflects the diversity of the Nation’s population. More specifically, NSF INCLUDES seeks to motivate and accelerate collaborative infrastructure building to advance equity and sustain systemic change to broaden participation in STEM fields at scale. Significant advancement in the inclusion of groups that have historically been excluded from or underserved in STEM will result in a new generation of STEM talent and leadership to secure the Nation’s future and long-term economic competitiveness.  

With this solicitation, NSF offers support for five types of projects that connect and contribute to the National Network: (1) Design and Development Launch Pilots, (2) Collaborative Change Consortia, (3) Alliances, (4) Network Connectors, and (5) Conferences. The NSF INCLUDES National Network is a multifaceted collaboration of agencies, organizations, and individuals working collectively to broaden participation in STEM. The NSF INCLUDES National Network serves as a testbed for designing, implementing, studying, refining, and scaling collaborative change models and is composed of: 

  • NSF INCLUDES funded projects  

  • Other NSF funded projects 

  • Subcommittee on Federal Coordination in STEM Education (FC-STEM) agencies  

  • Scholars engaged in broadening participation research and evaluation, and  

  • Organizations that support the development of talent from all sectors of society to build an inclusive STEM workforce. 

All NSF INCLUDES funded projects must operationalize five design elements of collaborative infrastructure - (1) shared vision, (2) partnerships, (3) goals and metrics, (4) leadership and communication, and (5) expansion, sustainability, and scale - to create systemic change that will lead to the substantially broadened participation of individuals from historically excluded and underserved groups in STEM. 

An organization may serve as a lead organization on only one proposal per project type, not including conferences. 


  • Duke Internal Deadline: August 19, 2022 (Internal deadline only applies to faculty interested in the DDLP, Collaborative Change Consortia, or Network Connectors projects; Alliance internal competition will be held at a later date.)
  • Oct. 25, 2022: Network Connectors; Design and Development Launch Pilots and Collaborative Change Consortia
  • Oct. 24, 2023: Alliances
  • October 31, 2022 - October 30, 2023: Conferences
Eligibility Requirements

An organization may serve as a lead organization on only one proposal per project type, not including conferences. Proposals that exceed the organizational limit will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made.

For Network Connectors, Design and Development Launch Pilots, and Conferences, full proposals must be submitted as a single submission from a lead organization, with other collaborating organizations included as subawardees.

Collaborative Change Consortia and Alliances may submit proposals in one of two ways:

  • a single submission from a lead organization, with other collaborating organizations included as subawardees , OR
  • separate submissions from a lead organization and two collaborating organizations, with any additional collaborating organizations included as subawardees,

See PAPPG Chapter II.D.3 for additional information on collaborative proposals.

An individual may serve as a PI or Co-PI on only one NSF INCLUDES proposal per annual due date , not including conferences. Proposals that exceed the PI or Co-PI limit will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made.

A PI or co-PI of an active NSF INCLUDES Alliance may not be a PI or co-PI on a proposal under this solicitation, if the Alliance would still be active at the start of the new award. This limit does not include conference proposals.

Prior NSF INCLUDES funding is not required to be eligible to submit a proposal for any project type. The inclusion of former or current NSF INCLUDES investigators in proposals is encouraged, but not required.

Amount Description

Estimated Number of Awards: 10 to 15

In any one competition, NSF INCLUDES anticipates funding up to:

  • Two (2) Design and Development Launch Pilots
  • Two (2) Collaborative Change Consortia
  • One (1) Alliance
  • Five (5) Network Connectors
  • Five (5) Conferences

Standard Grant (for one-year Network Connectors and Conferences); Continuing Grant (for multi-year Network Connectors, Design and Development Launch Pilots, and Collaborative Change Consortia); Cooperative Agreement (for Alliances)

Anticipated Funding Amount: $5,500,000 for all project types in each competition year.

Anticipated funding amount, number of awards, and average award size and duration are contingent upon the availability of funds.

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

  • NSF Biosketch of PI
  • 1-page Project Summary that includes a clear and concise description of the project's plans for shared vision; partnerships; shared goals and metrics; leadership and communication; and expansion, sustainability, and scale. Please include this content where appropriate in the three required sections of the Project Summary: OverviewIntellectual Merit, and Broader Impacts.  

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials: