Math and Science Partnership (NSF-MSP)
Research Office Letter of Intent submission deadline: Monday, May 24, 2010
The Incentive Funds Program in the Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Math and Science Partnership (NSF-MSP) program.
Information: Debbie Delmore at email@example.com or 541-737-8390
The NSF-MSP program limits to one (1) the number of proposals that may be submitted as LEAD partner by Oregon State University per Partnership category – Targeted, Institute, MSP-Start or Phase II.
This means that an eligible institution may be the submitting agency on a Targeted Partnership proposal, an Institute Partnership proposal, an MSP-Start Partnership proposal and a Phase II Partnership proposal.
There are no limits on the number of RETA proposals submitted by an organization.
In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if more than one proposal per Partnership category is submitted. The finalists will be asked to represent Oregon State University and to submit their proposals to the NSF-MSP program.
NSF Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer’s local time):
July 8, 2010
Institute Partnerships, MSP-Start Partnerships, Phase II Partnerships, RETA Projects
October 14, 2010
The Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program is a major research and development effort that supports innovative partnerships to improve K-12 student achievement in mathematics and science. MSP projects are expected to raise the achievement levels of all students and significantly reduce achievement gaps in the mathematics and science performance of diverse student populations. In order to improve the mathematics and science achievement of the Nation’s students, MSP projects contribute to what is known in mathematics and science education and serve as models that have a sufficiently strong evidence/research base to improve the mathematics and science education outcomes for all students. NSF’s MSP program coordinates its effort with programs of the U.S. Department of Education in the expectation that effective innovations in mathematics and science education will be disseminated into wider practice.
Through this solicitation, NSF seeks to support five types of awards:
- Targeted Partnerships focus on studying and solving teaching and learning issues within a specific grade range or at a critical juncture in education, and/or within a specific disciplinary focus in mathematics or the sciences;
- Institute Partnerships – Teacher Institutes for the 21st Century focus on meeting national needs for teacher leaders/master teachers who have deep knowledge of disciplinary content for teaching and are fully prepared to be school- or district-based intellectual leaders in mathematics or the sciences;
- MSP-Start Partnerships are for awardees new to the MSP program, especially from minority-serving institutions, community colleges and primarily undergraduate institutions, to support the necessary data analysis, project design, evaluation and team building activities needed to develop a full MSP Targeted or Institute Partnership;
- Phase II Partnerships are for prior MSP Partnership awardees to continue implementation on specific innovative areas of their work where evidence of the potential for significant positive impact is clearly documented. The intent is that there will be focused efforts to carry out the necessary research to advance knowledge and understanding in the specific area(s); and
- Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (RETA) projects (a) study the relationships among MSP activities and student learning using theoretically informed, methodologically rigorous methods; (b) develop and validate instruments of teacher or student knowledge that MSPs and others can use to assess the impact of their work, or (c) provide technical assistance to MSP projects to help them rigorously evaluate their work.
Guidance for preparation of Letter of Intent to the Research Office:
- Title of Project
- Type of Project (Targeted, Institute, MSP-Start, or Phase II)
- PI/Co-PI and Department
- Lead organization (presumably OSU)
- Names of core and supporting organizational partners
- Disciplinary focus of proposal
- Grade range focus (if appropriate)
- Describe the proposed project in sufficient detail to demonstrative the concept both meets the criteria of the MSP program, but also is likely to be funded by NSF.
- Letters of Intent are limited to three (3) pages.
- Brief budget being requested.
- Be submitted electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to: firstname.lastname@example.org