The National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program seeks to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. Creative strategies to realize this goal are sought from both men and women, and proposals addressing the participation and advancement of women from underrepresented minority groups are encouraged. The first deadline for proposals in the 2005-06 ADVANCE projects awards is the Leadership Awards, which support the efforts of individuals, small groups, or organizations in developing national and/or discipline-specific leadership in enabling the full participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. Five to 10 Leadership awards will be granted at a total of up to $300,000 over a three-year period. The deadline to apply for these awards is July 15, 2005. A second awards program, the Institutional Transformation Awards, supports academic institutional transformation to promote the increased participation and advancement of women scientists and engineers at academic institutions. The Institutional Transformation award is funded up to $750,000 over five years, and up to 10 awardees will be chosen. The deadline for proposals is July 22, 2005. NSF will also have ADVANCE awards for Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination Awards (PAID). These awards support the analysis, adaptation, dissemination, and use of existing innovative materials and practices that have been demonstrated to be effective in increasing representation and participation of women in academic science and engineering careers. PAID awardees will receive up to $500,000 for a period of up to three years, and NSF will grant five to 10 of these awards. The deadline to submit a full proposal for the PAID awards is Jan. 27, 2006. Members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

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