National Science Foundation Announces New TCUP Funding Opportunities

Guidelines for funding through the National Science Foundation’s Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) have been released, effective for all proposals submitted after January 25, 2016.

According to NSF guidelines, TCUP awards are made to “Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions, and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions to promote high quality science (including sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, statistics, and other social and behavioral sciences as well as natural sciences and education disciplines), technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research, and outreach.”

Several new and expanding opportunities are now available to these tribal and native-serving institutions, including:

The PArtnerships for Geoscience Education (PAGE), which “provides support for collaborations that will improve TCUP institutions’ instructional capacity in geosciences;” and
The Partnerships for Documentary Linguistics Education (PADLE), which “provides support for collaborations that will improve TCUP institutions’ instructional capacity in documentary linguistics” including work in “descriptive linguistics, computational methodology, archiving and preservation.”

Additionally, the National Science Foundation announced Phase II of the Pre-engineering Education Collaboratives (PEEC). While Phase I supported development of pre-engineering degree programs within tribal colleges, the focus of Phase II is on research. According to the NSF, it will “support studies or educational research conducted by institutions that have had active PEEC awards.”

Information about these and other TCUP funding strands can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5483