Division Of Undergraduate Education
The Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) serves as the focal point for
NSF's agency-wide effort in undergraduate education. The programs and
leadership efforts of DUE aim to strengthen and ensure the vitality of
undergraduate education in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology
(SME&T;) for all students, including:
- science, mathematics, or engineering majors;
- students in science and engineering technology programs;
- future teachers at the elementary and secondary school levels; and
- non-science majors seeking scientific and technical literacy.
Division Of Graduate Education
(formerly Graduate Education and
The programs of the Division of Graduate Education (DGE) promote the early
career development of scientists and engineers by offering support at critical
junctures of their careers. This approach is designed to help assure a steady
flow of diverse, high-ability students through the educational and research
training systems by providing fellowships and traineeships.
Experimental Program To Stimulate Competitive Research
Experimental Program To Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) basic premise is that academic research activity underpins a state's overall
Research and Development (R&D;) competitiveness. Its goal, therefore, is to bring
participant states' science and engineering research endeavors at academic institutions
to nationally competitive levels. This improvement is designed to increase these states'
science and engineering research capability and hence their overall R&D;
Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education
The programs in the Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education (ESIE) are
designed to improve the educational experiences of all students in school settings--
pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade--and to increase and improve the opportunities
for all individuals to explore science, mathematics, and technology
beyond the school setting.
Division of Human Resource Development
The programs of the Division of Human Resource Development (HRD) reflect the Foundation's commitment to
developing the resources of the scientific and technical community as a whole. This division has primary responsibility for
broadening participation of underrepresented groups in science, engineering, and mathematics (SEM). The division
operates and coordinates a range of programs that focus on increasing the presence of minorities, women and girls, and
persons with disabilities in science and engineering.
Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication
The Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication (REC) was formed in 1992 to
integrate and support three activities, each of which is essential to the EHR directorate
as a whole. The Division contributes to the broad field of educational research and
improvement by funding projects through grants, contracts, and cooperative
agreements (see REC Programs Guide). It also provides conceptual and technical
assistance to various EHR programs and principal investigators, through project and
program evaluation, dissemination and implementation of knowledge and effective
practices, and the utilization of technology in education. REC awards are often funded
by two or more programs, reflecting the fact that a project meets more than one set of
guidelines and priorities.