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Retrospective and Looking Forward: NSF Broadening Participation in Computing

In July of 2017, National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) began a pilot effort for broadening participation in computing (BPC) that was announced via a Dear Colleague Letter. This effort builds on CISE's long history of support for BPC.

This year, CISE plans to scale up the pilot and require BPC plans by the time of award of Medium and Large proposals submitted to CISE's core research programs in its Computer and Network Systems (CNS)Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), and Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) divisions and the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC), as well as the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) programs. Specifically, the pilot calls on each Medium and Large core, SaTC, and CPS project to have an approved BPC plan by the time of award. Per the solicitations, "CISE will work with each PI team following merit review and prior to making an award to ensure that plans are meaningful and include concrete metrics for success..."

Read more at the CISE BPC website.

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