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Great Opportunities for UofM Faculty

CRISTAL is not an active organization at this time. These webpages are legacy pages and will no longer be updated with major reorganizations, external links or additions. 

College of Arts and Sciences Travel Enrichment Fund 

Travel Enrichment funds have been designated for the use of CAS faculty for attending a conference as a presenter or to conduct research. Applications for anything other than these two purposes will not be accepted. Participation in internships, study abroad programs, summer schools, seminars and workshops are not eligible for funding. Deadlines are July 15, Oct. 15, and March 15 of each year. For more information, visit the CAS website.   


Fulbright Scholars Program

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals. Approximately 310,000 "Fulbrighters" have participated in the Program since its inception in 1946. For more information on the Fulbright Scholars Program please visit:  Opportunities in STEM

The University of Memphis Study Abroad Office can also help assist faculty with Fulbright questions. Please see https://www.memphis.edu/abroad/faculty/


Grant Information

Are you looking for a grant to fund research?  Grant information is sent out to CRISTAL Membership via email newsletters, as well as posted on this page. The grants listed below are normally given out yearly.  Please be watching for updates for the most up-to-date postings or check the NSF site directly.

Grant Writing Tips

Avoid some common pitfalls in grant writing. The article below (Ten Errors Proposal Teams Should Avoid) is very helpful: stemgrants.com

Upcoming NSF Grants

Looking for an upcoming NSF grant?  This site has the most up-to-date listing of upcoming grants by month: Active Funding Opportunities

Typical NSF Grants that are usually available include:

NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) (Typically due in early November)

Invests in research and development of innovative and field-advancing out-of-school STEM learning and emerging STEM learning environments to:

  • Expand access to the highest quality STEM resources
  • Contribute new research that advances informal learning
  • Engage the public in novel, real-time and simulated experiences with scientific phenomena, and
  • Advance STEM engagement through exhibits, programs, and other experiences at science centers, museums, zoos, etc.
  • Web site: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
  • Awards range from 1-5 years up to 1.5 million

NSF Math Science Partnership (MSP) (Typically due in early September)

  • Designed to improve K-12 student achievement in mathematics and science
  • Areas: K-12 STEM Teacher Preparation

NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) (Typically due in mid-November)

ITEST seeks:

  • To develop, implement and evaluate interventions that encourage K-12 students to develop interest in and to prepare for careers in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce
  • To produce research findings that build knowledge about approaches, models, and interventions, and
  • To equip teachers with the resources to ensure students consider choosing STEM and ICT careers
  • Web site: Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
  • Awards are for up to 3 years for up to $1.2 million

NSF Discovery Research K-12 (DRK12) (Typically due in mid-October)

  • Seeks to enhance the learning and teaching STEM by preK-12 students, teachers, administrators, and parents
  • Emphasis on research projects focused on innovative resources, models and tools
  • Web site: Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12)
  • Awards range from 2-4 years and from $450,000 to $4,000,000

NSF Research on Education and Learning (REAL) (Letter of Intent-usually due October, Grant-usually due January)

  • Represents the substantive foci of three previous EHR programs: Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE), Research in Disabilities Education (RDE), and Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE). 
  • Emphasis placed on the accumulation of robust evidence to inform efforts to
    • (a) understand,
    • (b) build theory to explain, and (
    • c) suggest interventions (and innovations) to address persistent challenges in STEM interest, education, learning, and participation.

Other Grants