Friday, February 19, 2010


In this year’s budget, Congress has allocated $21.02 million dollars to NSF’s ADVANCE program, which seeks to even the playing field for women in science and engineering. Institutions apply for ADVANCE grants, which they then use towards programs encouraging women to study STEM disciplines and then enter those fields as researchers. This year’s funding for ADVANCE is $230,000 more than last year, which will allow the Institutional Transformation (IT) portion of the program to benefit a wider range of institutions, including undergraduate colleges, women’s colleges, and community colleges, and will allow the NSF to evaluate the efficacy of the program. ADVANCE Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) will fund case studies on gender in academia, which will help guide the ADVANCE in the future.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit the NSF.

1 comment:

Susan Erich said...

Just in case anyone should look back and read this post, note the link to NSF is incorrect. It takes you to, not to

Also the goal of the ADVANCE program is not to help women "juggle career with pregnancy, motherhood, and other responsibilities". The goal of the ADVANCE program is to "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". You can read more at