NSF Advanced Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

Next due dates are:

  • Draft of 1 page Project Summary to RO -  July 15, 2019.   Download 1 page project summary guidance here.   Mail to research.development@oregonstate.edu
  •  LOI to RO - August 19, 2019 - 5 pm - PT - hard deadline.  please email research.development@oregonstate.edu
  • NSF Proposal deadline -  November 06, 2019

NSF 17-573

NSF Advanced Informal STEM Learning (AISL) is now limited. See below.

Monday, August 19, 2019 LOI Intent deadline 5pm pacific standard time.  research.development@oregonstate.edu

Note the changes:

  • The number of proposals for which an organization may be the lead is limited to three (3); and
  • The number of proposals for which one can be PI/Co-PI is limited to three (3); and
  • The minimum one-year budget amount is $75,000 for an organization in collaborative proposals uploaded as separate submissions from multiple organizations.

Interested - please email research.development@oregonstate.edu

  • Institutional Limit: 3
  • Limit Summary: An institution or organization may serve as lead on no more than three (3) proposals submitted to the November deadline. However, an institution or organization may partner as a subaward on other proposals submitted.

The 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.

In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if more than one proposal is submitted. The finalist will be asked to represent Oregon State University and to submit their proposal to the National Science Foundation-  program Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) by the NSF letter of intent deadline.  Information:  email Research.Development@oregonstate.edu

General guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:

The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.

The AISL program’s priorities are:

  1. Maximizing Strategic Impact
  2. Enhancing Knowledge-Building
  3. Promoting Innovation
  4. Advancing Collaboration
  5. Strengthening Infrastructure and Building Capacity
  6. Broadening Participation

COVER SHEET (1-2 pages)

Solicitation Name and Descriptive Title - identify the AISL project type: Pilots and Feasibility Studies, Research in Service to Practice, Innovations in Development, Broad Implementation, or Conferences, Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-analyses, or Conferences. For Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-analyses, indicate which kind is being proposed. .

  • Please note if this project is a resubmit or is brand new.
  • Project Summary: 3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that provide an overview of the objective of your proposed research, how you plan to do it, and the expected outcome.
  • Key PI/co-PIs: 5 or 6 sentences or bullet points that highlight team expertise as it relates to the project.
  • Budget: Example: The estimated total cost of the project.   


  • Problem statement: Clear and concise statement of what is the problem and how you plan to address it.
  • How you plan to address the AISL program priorities in your project (see above of list of six priorities)
  • Conceptual framework: Conceptual framework describing, for example, how the synthesis of various project components, approaches, and participant expertise are linked together to address the problem of interest. Graphics may be used.
  • Broader Impact/Metrics for Success:
    •    How will you assess the success of the project?
    • The statement on broader impacts should describe the potential of the proposed activity to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes.

Suggested Reviewers: (1 page) Optional – but as you write envision who might be a reviewer of your proposal or the Program Officer.

Reviewer 1: Area of expertise




State why you think this person would be a good reviewer.

Submit electronically as a PDF document to: Research.Development@oregonstate.edu


Date Open: 
Sunday, November 25, 2018
National Science Foundation
Agency Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Limit per Institution: 
Important Notes: 
Projects selected