Vice President for Research
Proposal Services & Faculty Support
August Funding Focus #1
Internal Deadline - September 7, 2018
Institutional Limit - 3

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.

The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or MetaAnalyses, and (6) Conferences.

Auburn may submit up to three (3) applications as lead institution. However, Auburn may partner as a subaward on other proposals submitted.


The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine seeks to help bridge the gap between the knowledge and practice of community resilience. We seek approaches that will advance information exchange between resilience researchers and those that seek to implement policies and practices to enhance the resilience and well-being of their communities. Specifically, we are interested in projects that:

  1. Increase understanding of how community attributes and systems (e.g., social, health, economic, and/or environmental) interact and influence a community’s capacity to adapt and thrive, and
  2. Provide actionable information and strategies that can be used to implement policies and practices that enhance community resilience.

Projects should address multiple stressors and focus on linkages among the various attributes and systems that characterize the U.S. Gulf of Mexico region. Projects should directly involve and benefit residents of the Gulf coast who are affected by stressors associated with climate change, severe weather, or chronic impacts of environmental degradation.

Proposal Services & Faculty Support