NSF’s Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Program Is Accepting Proposals Through Jan. 19:00

Dec. 20, 2022 — The deadline date for the next Broadening Participation in Computing award is January 19, 2023. The Broadening Participation in Computing program (BPC) is intended to significantly increase the number of domestic students receiving post-secondary degrees in the computing disciplines, with an emphasis on students from those groups that participate in computing at rates well below their proportionate representation in higher education. These groups may include women, persons with disabilities, Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

With this solicitation, the BPC program seeks to engage the computing community to develop and implement innovative methods, frameworks, and strategies to improve recruitment and retention of these students through undergraduate and graduate degrees. Projects that target stages of the academic pipeline through faculty ranks are encouraged. All BPC projects must have the potential for widespread, national impact. That is, they should either develop an effective practice that could be widely deployed, or they should deploy existing effective practices to reach larger audiences.

At launch, the BPC program supported three categories of awards. Alliances, Demonstration Projects, and Supplements. Currently, the program is no longer accepting Alliance proposals. The January 19, 2023 deadline is: only: for Demonstration Projects and Supplements.

Alliances: are broad coalitions of academic institutions of higher learning, K-12 schools, government, industry, professional societies, and other not-for-profit organizations that design and carry out comprehensive programs addressing underrepresentation in the computing disciplines. They have a large regional or national scope. Alliances operate across multiple stages of the academic pipeline and address one or several intended groups that are underrepresented. Collectively, Alliances serve as a national resource for achieving the transformation of computing education.

Existing Alliances with documented evidence of national impact on broadening participation in computing may apply for additional funding. An Alliance Extension increases the duration of the Alliance award as well as its scope, introducing additional student groups to be reached, partners, and/or projects with the intended purpose of significant impact to the populations served.

Demonstration Projects (DPs) are more focused than Alliance projects. Typical DPs pilot innovative programs that, once fully developed, could be incorporated into the activities of an existing or new Alliance, or otherwise scaled up for widespread impact. Examples include projects proposed by a single institution or those that focus on a single underrepresented community, a single point in the academic pathway, or a single impediment to full participation in computing. Demonstration projects should contribute knowledge to our understanding of effective teaching and learning of computing for students from groups underrepresented in computing.

Both Alliances and Demonstration Projects have significant evaluation efforts with both formative and summative components. Competitive projects will have a significant impact both in the quality of opportunities afforded to participants and in the number of participants potentially served.

Supplements: to existing CISE research awards are intended to engage more members of the computing research community in significant BPC efforts as part of a project’s BPC plan.

NSF estimates the number of awards to be between 21 to 30. The deadline for Demonstration Projects and Supplements applications is January 19, 2023.

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