Resources For NSF AISL Proposals

October 18th, 2014

The next National Science Foundation Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) proposal deadline is November 14, 2014.

In a session at October’s 2014 Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) annual conference, Program Directors from AISL presented guidelines and tips for submitting competitive proposals to the program. The slides from that presentation are available on The presentation includes an overview and context of AISL, the types of projects that AISL funds, the different components of AISL proposals (such as the project description, narrative, rationale, design, dissemination plan, and evaluation and external review plan), as well as information about other NSF funding opportunities. These include the Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR) Core Research program, with a deadline of February 3, 2015 and the Integrative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers, or ITEST, program, with a deadline of November 6, 2014. Also in the presentation is information about the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development.

When preparing your proposal, be sure to read the solicitation thoroughly multiple times. Proposers should also read the NSF Grant Proposal Guidelines. Proposals should be prepared well enough in advance of the November 14 deadline to allow time to catch and correct any technical errors that might result in missing the deadline or in noncompliance with the Guidelines (compliance can be checked in the NSF Fastlane system). Questions about submitting your proposal can be submitted to