2023 AISL-Funded Projects

The National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program has recently awarded funding to a wide range of projects. The AISL Program funds five types of projects: (1) Synthesis; (2) Conference; (3) Partnership Development and Planning; (4) Integrating Research and Practice; and (5) Research in Support of Wide-reaching Public Engagement with STEM. You can also use our advanced … Read more

Dear Colleague Letter: Supporting Knowledge Mobilization for PreK-12 and Informal STEM Learning and Teaching

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports collaborations and partnerships among education researchers and practitioners to advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for all Americans. Such collaborations address pressing needs in the Nation’s diverse preK-12 schools, including students, teachers, and families, as well as informal learning institutions where professional educators, youth, and their families … Read more

2021 AISL-Funded Projects

In 2021, the National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program awarded funding to a wide range of projects. The titles of these awards with links to their abstracts and the Principal Investigators’ names are listed alphabetically by project type. In 2021 that list includes: Broad Implementation, Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, Conferences, Early-concept Grants for … Read more

2020 AISL-Funded Projects

A rich variety of projects funded in 2020 by the National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program are now cataloged on InformalScience.org. Below, the awards are listed with their Principal Investigators’ names and categorized alphabetically by project type: Broad Implementation, Conferences, Innovations in Development, Pilots and Feasibility Studies, Post-Doctoral Fellowship Awards, Rapid Response … Read more

2020 Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program Solicitation

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program 2020 solicitation 20-607 is here! The AISL program supports new approaches to an evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments. It provides multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences as well as advances … Read more

NSF Awards RAPID funding for COVID-19 related Informal STEM Learning

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning program (AISL) has awarded RAPID funding to projects that are addressing the STEM learning, science communication and public engagement aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.   ​How People Learn Rapidly: COVID-19 as a Crisis of Socioscientific Understanding and Educational Equity.​ Award Number: 2028370; Principal Investigator: Angela Calabrese Barton; Co-Principal Investigator: Leslie Herrenkohl, Elizabeth Davis; Organization: University of … Read more

National Science Foundation-Funded Projects With Online Learning Products & Resources

On March 18, 2020 the National Science Foundation released the blog Seven NSF-supported STEM resources that are perfect for at-home learning. In addition to those projects, NSF has funded a wide range of innovative informal STEM education work across a variety of settings, resulting in online learning opportunities and resources that are informed by research, evaluation and best practices. CAISE has curated … Read more

Supports and resources for your 2019 NSF AISL proposal

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program supports a range of projects within the field of informal science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The current NSF AISL Program Solicitation (#17-573) is a three-year solicitation covering 2017, 2018, and 2019. Proposals for the next round of funding are due on Wednesday, … Read more

NSF Dear Colleague Letter seeks conferences on sustainable urban systems research

On December 18, 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a new Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) seeking conference proposals on “Concepts for Advancing Sustainable Urban Systems Research Networks.” The submission deadline is March 22, 2019 by 5:00 p.m., submitter’s local time. Informal STEM education and science communication professionals might consider contributing to or participating in a … Read more

Timely reminders for your upcoming NSF AISL submission

The Wednesday, Nov. 7 deadline for proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program is drawing near. Here are a few reminders of things to check before hitting “submit”: Most importantly, check the current version of NSF’s Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG; NSF 18-1). For example, Project Descriptions … Read more