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Published April 15, 2024 | Version v1
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Data, Insights, and Solutions to Aid NSF ATE and 2-Year Colleges in Creating and Sustaining "Grant Active" Cultures

  • 1. Research and Evaluation, Impact Allies, Vero Beach, FL
  • 2. Applied Science and Technology, Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL
  • 3. Retired President, Minnesota State System of Colleges and Universities, Saint Paul, MN
  • 4. Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program is effective in assisting two-year college (2YC) institutions of higher education to improve the education of technicians in science and engineering, yet grant proposals from 2YCs to ATE (and NSF as a whole) have declined in number over the past decade. The problem of NSF proposals declining in numbers is multifaceted, though data demonstrates that both 2YCs and NSF can reverse or mitigate the decline in ATE proposals through identified measures; 2YCs can change their grants culture through specific institutional changes, and NSF can aid 2YCs to build their capacity to develop competitive proposals through mentoring and professional development sustainably. This article discusses data, insights, and solutions through the lens of two NSF ATE projects: Project Vision (a mentoring project) and Grant Insights (an applied research project). 


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