NSF Scholarships in STEM Network (S-STEM-Net)

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO). Only one submission is allowed as a single institution, a subawardee, or a member of a collaborative research project. As such, even if partnering with another institution, you must apply via CU Boulder’s internal competition.

Program Summary

Through this solicitation, NSF seeks to foster a network of S-STEM stakeholders and further develop the infrastructure needed to generate and disseminate new knowledge, successful practices and effective design principles arising from NSF S-STEM projects nationwide. The ultimate vision of the legislation governing the S-STEM parent program[1] (and of the current S-STEM-Net solicitation) is that all Americans, regardless of economic status, should be able to contribute to the American innovation economy if they so desire.

To support collaboration within the S-STEM network, NSF will fund several S-STEM Research Hubs (S-STEM-Hub). The S-STEM Network (S-STEM-Net) will collaborate to create synergies and sustain a robust national ecosystem consisting of multi-sector partners supporting domestic low-income STEM students in achieving their career goals, while also ensuring access, inclusion, and adaptability to changing learning needs. The Hubs will investigate evolving barriers to the success of this student population. It will also disseminate the context and circumstances by which interventions and practices that support graduation of domestic low-income students (both undergraduate and graduate) pursuing careers in STEM are successful.

The target audience for this dissemination effort is the community of higher education institutions, faculty, scholars, researchers and evaluators, local and regional organizations, industry, and other nonprofit, federal, state, and local agencies concerned with the success of domestic low-income STEM students in the United States.


  • CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST February 5, 2024
  • Sponsor Deadline: 5:00pm MST March 27, 2024

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Application Type:
    • CU Boulder as lead applicant
    • Subawardee
    • Member of collaborative research project
  • Project Summary (2 pages maximum): Please include: 1) the lead organization’s experience with the S-STEM program, support of domestic low-income students in STEM, and/or management of services similar to those proposed; 2) evaluation details given the NSF requirement that evaluation must be conducted by an independent experienced evaluator who is external to the project and to the institution; and 3) a list of all institutional collaborations.
  • Curriculum Vitae of Lead PI
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/6935/home


An individual may only serve as PI or Co-PI of one S-STEM-Hub proposal.

Limited Submission Guidelines

An organization may submit at most one S-STEM-Hub proposal (as a single institution, a subawardee, or a member of a collaborative research project).

Award Information

Up to 5 awards

Average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.