NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Solicitation: NSF 21-550

This program makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating financial need, enabling them to enter the STEM workforce or STEM graduate school following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate-level degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines. Grantee institutions are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and managing the S-STEM project at the institution.

The program does not make scholarship awards directly to students; students should contact their institution’s Office of Financial Aid for this and other scholarship opportunities

  • ORD Letter of Intent Deadline - Monday, February 15, 2021
  • Agency Deadline -  April 7, 2021

Anticipated Funding Amount:  $50-70,000,000

Estimated Number of Awards: 60-80

Limit on Number of Proposals per college: An Institution may submit one proposal from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field.

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 per facility.

Information: contact research.development@oregonstate.edu

The general guidance for the preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:

COVER SHEET (1 page)

  • Solicitation Name and Descriptive Title
  • 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.
  • Unique Aspects:  3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that highlight how your research/approach is different/better.
  • Key PI/co-PIs:  5 or 6 sentences or bullet points that highlight team expertise as it relates to the project.
  • Budget:  Example:  The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $ X, with $ Y being requested from the NSF.  NSF funds will be used for: $ A for personnel; $ B for operations, and $ C for broader impacts/subcontracts etc. 
  • Justification for NSF support: One paragraph explaining why this research fits with the RFP and strategic goals of NSF. 


  • Problem statement - Clear and concise statement of 1) research question(s) and how the project will address the research question(s); 2) what technical barriers need to be overcome to perform the research, and 3) how the proposed research can lead to the advancement of research/knowledge in this area.
  • 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.
  • Proposed activities: Describe the project to be undertaken and provide the technical specifications of the research activities and timelines that will be undertaken.
  • Expected results: Describe the outcome you anticipate from the research. (Remember your initial motivation for wanting to do this!)
  • Broader Impact/Metrics for Success: What metrics are the most appropriate for evaluating the success of the proposed project (e.g., peer-reviewed papers, policy-directed efforts, databases, models, development of new resources, etc.)? If successful, who would most likely use the knowledge or tools developed?

Suggested Reviewers: The information will assist the Research Office assemble a review committee if more than the limited number of applications are received.  Include

  • Name
  • Title
  • Contact
  • Area of expertise
  • State why you think this person would be a good reviewer.




Monday, February 15, 2021
Date Open: 
Friday, May 9, 2014
National Science Foundation
Agency Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Limit per Institution: 
1 from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an eligible field
Important Notes: 
S-STEM Solicitation Under Revision check website for updates