Oregon State University

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)

NSF 14-546

The Research Office, Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation (NSF) – Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) 2014 program.

Research Office Letter of Intent submission deadline: Monday, April 21, 2014

In this solicitation, significant changes have been made to the long-standing Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) program. To better reflect the program's new focus, we have decided to change its title to Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM). Whereas EESE was centered on graduate education, this new solicitation is directed towards research that addresses the formation of ethical STEM students, faculty, and researchers at all levels, through a variety of means beyond conventional classroom instruction.

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify factors that are effacacious in the formation of ethical STEM researchers in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes ethical STEM research and practice? Which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?' Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations (e.g. Engineers without Borders) that stress social responsibility and humanitarian goals, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Do certain labs have a ‘culture of academic integrity'? What practices contribute to the establishment and maintenance of ethical cultures and how can these practices be transferred, extended to, and integrated into other research and learning settings?

Successful proposals will include a comparative dimension, either between or within institutional settings that differ along these or other factors.

CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.

Limit Summary: An organization may submit only one proposal as the lead 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 is submitted. The finalist will be asked to represent Oregon State University and to submit their proposal to the NSF – CCE STEM program by the NSF deadline of June 17, 2014.

Information:  Mary Phillips, Director, Office for Research Development at mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu

Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:

  • Title of Project
  • Program Title
  • PI/Co-PI, include Department and College
  • Research project description
  • Detailed budget being requested from NSF (limit one page)
  • Standard NSF style biosketch for PI (limit two pages, single-spaced, 12 pt. font)
  • Letters of intent are limited to six pages (including budget and biosketch, single-spaced, 12 pt. font)
  • Submit electronically as a PDF document to: debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Contact Info

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