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NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) - NSF 20-526

A well-educated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a significant contributor to maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of participating groups, including but not limited to partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of STEM faculty and institutional, educational, and social science researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and business, industry, local community organizations, national labs, or other federal or state government organizations, if appropriate.

Scholars must be low-income, academically talented students with unmet financial need who are enrolled in an associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree program, with a major in an S-STEM eligible discipline.
National Science Foundation (NSF)
UNLV is limited to ONE proposal from each college/school that awards degrees in an S-STEM eligible discipline.
S-STEM Eligible Degree Programs

  • Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Master of Arts and Master of Science
  • Doctoral
S-STEM Eligible Disciplines

  • Biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields)
  • Physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science)
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Computer and information sciences
  • Geosciences
  • Engineering
  • Technology fields associated with the disciplines above (e.g. biotechnology, chemical
  • technology, engineering technology, information technology
OSP Required Notice of Intent Due: 06/10/2020, 12:00 Noon
Submit NOI via the Limited Submission Portal
No late submissions will be considered. Information needed: Lead and Co-PI information, project title, one pg abstract and three potential internal reviewer names.

Sponsor Full Proposal Due: 03/31/2021
Award Amount :
  • Awards to support Track 1 (Institutional Capacity Building) projects may not exceed $650,000 for 5 years.
  • Awards to support Track 2 (Design and Development: Single Institution) projects may not exceed $1.0 million for 5 years.
  • Awards to support Track 3 (Design and Development: Multi-Institutional Consortia) projects may not exceed $5.0 million for 5 years. The level of funding requested should be based on the focus, scope, and size of the effort.
Questions? Contact Althea Sheets, Funding Opportunities Manager,, 702-895-1880