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2022/2023 NSF Mid-scale Research Infrastructure (RI) Incubator Program

Research Development
June 29, 2022

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has partnered with the Bill & Melinda gates Foundation, Schmidt Futures, and the Walton Family Foundation to support awards to incubate ideas and/or hold conferences on concepts on the understanding and implementation of STEM education. There are two paths toward funding.

  • Incubation awards are $500,000 for two years total duration.
  • Conference awards are of variable amounts.

Importantly, you must reach out to the program officer prior to submitting a proposal. The goal is to develop concepts for consideration in the larger mid-scale research program that funds between $600K (design) to $100M (implementation).

The Dear Colleague Letter can be found HERE. The deadlines are stated for incubator proposals only:

  • September 1, 2022
  • March 1, 2023

Contact your Research Administrator

Remember to reach out to your Research Administrative professional when you consider pursuit. They can assist with navigating requirements and timelines. To find your RA, visit HERE.

Additional Internal Support

Given the philanthropic partner funders, you may be eligible for support on your proposal from the ASU Foundation Moonshot Accelerator. Once you have approval from an NSF Program Officer to move forward, please email Michelle Govani ( to share a summary of your idea and to learn more about possible support.

Idea summaries should not be more than one page in length and should include:

  • How will your idea identify or fill a need in mid-scale research infrastructure to advance the field of STEM education research?
  • How will you account for equity in the design, stakeholders, and outcomes related to your proposal?
  • Who is on your team, including partners external to ASU? Do you have gaps in your team that you are interested in filling?

Please email Dr. Govani by August 5, 2022, to be eligible for support.