Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Deadline: Feb. 22 (planning proposals); April 27 (small scale and large scale proposals)
Purpose: CE21 aims to build a computer savvy 21st century workforce that positions the country to demonstrate a
leadership role in the global economy. Innovations in computing and information technology (IT) drive the United
States' economy and contribute to national security, NSF says. Projected job growth in IT is very strong, but student
interest in computing has declined dramatically over the last decade.
The CE21 program seeks to reverse this troubling trend by engaging larger numbers of students, teachers, and educators
in computing education and learning at earlier stages in the education pipeline. While interventions in primary
education are within scope, the CE21 program focuses special attention on activities targeted at the middle and high
school levels and in early undergraduate education.
The goals of the CE21 program are to increase: (1) the number and diversity of K-14 students and teachers who develop
and practice computational competencies in a variety of contexts; and (2) the number and diversity of early postsecondary
students who are engaged and have the background in computing necessary to successfully pursue degrees in computing-
related and computationally-intensive fields of study.
Funding: $25 million for 30 awards ranging from $200,000 to $10 million each (awards will be made for small scale,
large scale and planning efforts)
Insider's Tip: The CE21 program encourages proposals that align with the success of the NSF-initiated CS 10K Project.
The effort aims to increase the effectiveness of computing education in high school through the introduction of an
entirely new curriculum and the preparation of 10,000 high school teachers prepared to teach the new curriculum in
10,000 schools by 2015. For more on CS 10K, please visit
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