The NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Program

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments. Proposals are due on November 7, 2018, by 5 p.m. local submitter's time.

AISL Program & Solicitation

Learn More With CAISE-NSF Webinars

What’s new: An overview of the 2017-2019 NSF AISL program solicitation

In 2017, a three-year AISL solicitation was released. The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), an NSF-funded resource center supporting the AISL program, worked together with NSF program officers to offer an overview. Watch the webinar recording above, and view the slides.

Additional webinars and presentations:

  • Quick overview of the AISL program: View the slides.
  • Deep dive into all sections of the solicitation, including the six AISL project types: Part 1 (solicitation structure and introductory materials); Part 2 (about EHR and DRL, budgets, through supplementary documents); and Part 3 (budgets continued, merit review, and award conditions).
  • Writing a competitive AISL proposal: Watch the webinar recording and view the slides.
  • Addressing broadening participation within AISL proposals: Watch the webinar recording and view the slides.

Previously Funded AISL Projects

  • Many AISL projects showcase their work in the NSF STEM for All Video Hall Showcase, an annual online event. Visit the archives: 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.
  • Project descriptions of all AISL projects are catalogued on See the list of 2017 and 2016 awards.

Other CAISE Resources

Resources from NSF