Limited funding opportunity – NSF Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM

November 26, 2018 by School of Medicine Webmaster

The VP for Research has announced the internal process for selecting the UVA candidate for ­­­­the Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM; NSF 18-532) limited submission funding opportunity. UVA may submit one proposal.

This program accepts proposals for innovative research projects to foster ethical STEM research in all of the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports, including within interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and international contexts. CCE STEM research projects will use basic research to produce knowledge about what constitutes responsible or irresponsible, just or unjust scientific practices and sociotechnical systems, and how to best instill students with this knowledge.

Projects can include qualitative and/or quantitative approaches. Proposals should specify plans to deliver findings to appropriate research and educational communities and assist them to implement projects or programs based on the findings. CCE STEM awardees must share their findings with others via the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science (Award #1355547) and at the biennial PI meetings held at NSF. PIs are responsible for covering the expenses of participating in these PI meetings throughout the tenure of their award and should indicate this in their budget.

Award Size:  The anticipated funding amount each year is $3,150,000 – subject to the availability of funds – for an estimated 6-8 Standard Grants. The maximum award duration is 5 years. The maximum amount for 5-year awards is $600,000 and the maximum amount for 3-year awards is $400,000. The average award is $275,000.

Additional Information:

Instructions for submitting the Letter of Intent:

To apply, click on View Letter of Intent . You will login to the system using NetBadge. If the PI is submitting the Letter of Intent, the PI’s name and email will already be filled in. If you are submitting the proposal on behalf of the PI, please fill in the PI’s name and email address (use the PI’s UVA ID, not an email alias). Enter the proposal title, the list of participating faculty (name and Department), and a short (no more than 1 paragraph) description of the planned proposal. This information will be used to help develop the internal review panel, if necessary. An individual may only submit one Letter of Intent. If you need to submit LOIs on behalf of multiple applicants, please email for assistance. Letters of Intent must be received by 5 PM December 19, 2018.

Faculty submitting LOIs will be contacted regarding an internal competition, if necessary. Should a competition be required, the internal application will be due on or around January 10, 2019 and must include the following:

  1. 3-page proposal narrative (references do not count toward the space limit) that tracks proposal guidelines;
  2. 2-page PI CV;
  3. One-page budget summary;
  4. Endorsement letter from department chair.

Limited Submission Alerts, Process, and Review

To sign up for direct email alerts for all limited submission opportunities, send an email to with the word subscribe as the only word in the Subject heading (do not use capital letters or other punctuation in the Subject heading).

More information on the limited submission review process can be found here:, and in the documents found therein. To summarize, reviewers for individual limited submission opportunities are drawn from a standing committee of tenured faculty members who are nominated by the Schools and appointed by the VPR. Ad hoc committee members may also be invited to serve on specific panels based on their subject expertise and/or their experience with a particular sponsor or program. The internal review committee provides critical reviews of internal pre-proposals and makes recommendations for the pre-proposals that should go forward for external submission. The VPR office follows the best practice of many foundations and agencies and does not disclose the names of individual reviewers who contribute to a specific review panel. The limited submission team notifies individual internal applicants of their pre-proposal review results via email. The limited submission team notifies the Department, School, and Office of Sponsored Programs of the proposal(s) that will go forward for external submission via email.

Sponsor deadline:  February 22, 2019


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