National Science Foundation
ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and
Letter of Intent due Oct. 3, 2011
The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement
of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the
development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. ADVANCE focuses on ensuring that women faculty
with earned STEM degrees consider academia as a viable and attractive career option. This program does not support
projects to increase or retain the number of women entering into or persisting in STEM doctoral degree programs.
Thus, efforts to impact the STEM pipeline are not considered appropriate for the ADVANCE Program. Creative strategies
to realize the ADVANCE program goal are sought from women and men. Members of underrepresented minority
groups and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Proposals that address the participation
and advancement of academic STEM women from underrepresented minority groups and women with disabilities are
particularly encouraged. Further, given the increasing emphasis on international collaborations in many STEM disciplines,
and the importance of international recognition to career advancement, proposal components that systemically
enhance and provide access to international collaborations are encouraged.