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NSF ADVANCE Program

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From the NSF ADVANCE website:

The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce.  ADVANCE focuses on ensuring that women faculty with earned STEM degrees consider academia as a viable and attractive career option.  This program does not support projects to increase or retain the number of women entering into or persisting in STEM doctoral degree programs.  Thus, efforts to impact the STEM pipeline are not considered appropriate for the ADVANCE Program. 

Creative strategies to realize the ADVANCE program goal are sought from women and men. Members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Proposals that address the participation and advancement of academic STEM women from underrepresented minority groups and women with disabilities are particularly encouraged.  Further, given the increasing emphasis on international collaborations in many STEM disciplines, and the importance of international recognition to career advancement, proposal components that systemically enhance and provide access to international collaborations are encouraged.  (http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5383)