NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary 

NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations by focusing on broadening participation in these fields at scale. The vision of NSF INCLUDES is to catalyze the STEM enterprise to collaboratively work for inclusive change, which will result in a STEM workforce that reflects the population of the Nation. The initiative is developing a National Network composed of NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots, NSF INCLUDES Alliances, an NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub, NSF-funded broadening participation projects, other relevant NSF-funded projects, scholars engaged in broadening participation research, and other organizations that support the development of talent from all sectors of society to build an inclusive STEM workforce.

This solicitation offers opportunities for NSF INCLUDES Alliances. NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots and Coordination Hubs have already been launched through previous solicitations. The critical functions of each NSF INCLUDES Alliance are to:

  1. Develop a vision and strategy (e.g., problem statement and theory of change) for broadening participation in STEM along with relevant metrics of success and key milestones/goals to be achieved during the project’s lifecycle;
  2. Contribute to the knowledge base on broadening participation in STEM through broadening participation and implementation research, sharing project evaluations, data, new scientific findings/discoveries, and promising practices;
  3. Develop multi-stakeholder partnerships and build infrastructure among them to decrease social distance and achieve progress on common goals targeted by the Alliance;
  4. Establish a "backbone" or support organization that provides a framework for communication and networking, network assistance and reinforcement, visibility and expansion of the Alliance and its partners, that will collaborate with the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub;
  5. Advance a logic model or other heuristic that identifies Alliance outcomes that reflect implementation of change at scale and progress toward developing an inclusive STEM enterprise.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST January 22, 2019

Sponsor Application Deadline: 3:00pm MST April 2, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Description (2-3 pages): Please include the following: clear statement of work, how the project will address intellectual merit and broader impacts, objectives and significance of the proposed activity, suitability of methods, qualifications of investigators and participating organizations, effect of the effort on collaborative infrastructure for broadening participation. Please describe the vision for affecting change, partnerships, goals and metrics, leadership and communication, and potential for expansion, sustainability, and scale.
  • PI Biosketch
  • Budget Overview (up to 1 page): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit: https://colorado.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/6305


All NSF INCLUDES Alliance proposals must be built upon a foundation developed by one or more NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilot project(s). The integration of the Design and Development Launch Pilot's broadening participation goals and collaborative change strategies must be clearly evident in the Alliance proposal. Partnerships based on more than one Launch Pilot are especially encouraged. Additionally:

  • At least one Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator from an NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilot must be included as a PI/Co-PI on the Alliance proposal.
  • While the NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilot PI's organization does not have to be the lead organization for the Alliance proposal, nor does the individual have to be the lead PI, the choice of lead institution or PI should be fully explained in the proposal.
  • Design and Development Launch Pilots may be a part of more than one Alliance proposal. However, they may be the lead institution on only one Alliance proposal.
  • In instances where a group of two or more of the same Design and Development Launch Pilots come together to submit an Alliance proposal, they are limited to one Alliance proposal submission representing that group.

An individual may serve as a PI or Co-PI on only two (2) NSF INCLUDES Alliance proposals. Projects are limited to one Principal Investigator and a maximum of four co-Principal Investigators.

Limited Submission Guidelines

An organization may serve as the lead institution on only one Alliance proposal. Organizations that serve as the lead institution on an Alliance proposal may still participate in other Alliance proposals as a collaborating institution.

Award Information

Number of Awards: 1 to 3

Award Amount: Awards will range from $1,000,000 to $2,500,000 per year for five years.

Award Duration: 5 years