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NSF INCLUDES is one of the NSF 10 Big Ideas. The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position the United States at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership through pioneering research and enabling activities. For the United States to remain the world leader in STEM innovation and discovery, it must identify and develop talent from all sectors to become STEM professionals.


  • invest in developing, strengthening, and sustaining the NSF INCLUDES National Network
  • support a variety of projects, including Design and Development Launch Pilots (FY 2016 and FY 2017), Alliances (FY 2018 and FY 2019), a Coordination Hub (FY 2018), and Planning Grants (planned for FY 2020 and FY 2021), to build collaborative infrastructure and form the foundation for the NSF INCLUDES National Network
  • leverage allied efforts with NSF-funded projects and other organizations (e.g., K-12 school districts, colleges and universities, professional organizations, government agencies, foundations, businesses and industries)
  • achieve significant impact on increasing diversity and inclusion in STEM education and workforce development at a National scale

NSF INCLUDES is NSF’s response to the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering’s (CEOSE) 2011-2012 Biennial Report to Congress, which recommended that “NSF implement a bold new initiative focused on broadening participation of underrepresented groups in STEM, similar in concept and scale to NSF’s centers, that emphasizes institutional transformation and system change; collects and makes accessible longitudinal data; defines clear benchmarks for success; supports the translation, replication, and expansion of successful broadening participation efforts; and provides significant financial support to individuals who represent the very broadening participation that we seek."

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