The opportunities listed below are relevant to VSE faculty.  Because these are limited-submission programs, there will be internal competitions at Mason to determine who can go forward with a proposal.  I'm sending these announcement now (and not part of my weekly news) since there are tight deadlines for the internal competitions.

The internal review deadlines are:

For more information on these programs and on the internal competitions, see the message and links below.


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Subject: Limited Submission Opportunities - August 25 2017
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:29:24 +0000
From: Rebekah K Hersch <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: Rebekah K Hersch <[log in to unmask]>
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Dear Colleagues,


The new limited submission opportunities are noted below and listed on the Research Development webpage. I have also included brief summaries of each opportunity in the attachment.


Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science Supplements and Sites

National Science Foundation

Due: October 10, 2017

Total Budget Maximum:

Site: $600,000 (up to 3 years)

Supplements: $10,000 per teacher/community college faculty (up to 1 year)

GMU Internal Deadline: September 8, 2017

3 Site proposals may be submitted per competition by a U.S. academic institution. No more than 2 may have an engineering focus and 1 may have a computer and/or information science focus.


Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Programs

National Science Foundation

Due: October 25, 2017

Total Budget: $300,000-$500,000 (up to 3 years)

GMU Internal Deadline: September 8, 2017

Two applications are permitted


CISE Research Infrastructure (CRI)

National Science Foundation

Due: Preliminary Proposals: November 2, 2017


Institutional Infrastructure (II) awards (Generally $250K-$750K - though could be $1M)

Community Infrastructure (CI) awards ($500K-$1M)

GMU Internal Deadline: September 15, 2017

3 Institutional Infrastructure (II); No limit on Community Infrastructure (CI)

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

National Science Foundation/Directorate of Education & Human Resources

Due: November 6, 2017

The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences. Limits for funding requests of AISL proposals are as follows: (1) Pilots and Feasibility projects: up to $300,000 with durations up to two years; (2) Research in Service to Practice projects: from $300,000 to $2,000,000 with durations from two to five years; (3) Innovations in Development projects: $500,000 to $3,000,000 with durations from two to five years; (4) Broad Implementation projects from $1,000,000 to $3,000,000 with durations from three to five years; (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-analyses projects up to $250,000 with durations of up to two years; and (6) Conferences up to $250,000 with durations of up to two years.

GMU Internal Deadline: September 15, 2017

May submit up to 3 applications as Lead


Information about how to apply for these opportunities or participate in the internal review process for applicable opportunities can be found on the Research Development Limited Submission webpage 


Specific information about the deadlines and what is required for each of these opportunities can be found at


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Best regards,




Rebekah K. Hersch, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Research Development

Office of Research Development, Integrity, and Assurance

George Mason University