NSF Math and Science Partnership (MSP)

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QEM Network provides technical assistance to minority-serving higher education institutions and schools in preparing competitive proposals to NSF’s Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program. The MSP program is a major research and development effort that supports innovative partnerships to improve K-12 student achievement in mathematics and science. MSP projects are expected to raise the achievement levels of all students and significantly reduce achievement gaps in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) performance of diverse student populations. All STEM fields supported by NSF may be involved in this work, with special encouragement to areas that are gaining increased traction at the K-12 level, such as computer science and engineering, in addition to mathematics and science. MSP projects also serve as models that have a sufficiently strong evidence/research base to improve STEM education outcomes for all students. (See more at MSP program page.)

Description of Most Recent QEM/MSP Workshop:
During FY 2014, the MSP program was combined with the Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) program, to form a new program known as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, including Computing (STEM-C) Partnerships. With NSF support, QEM Network conducted a February 7-8, 2014, STEM-C Partnerships (STEM-CP: MSP) Technical Assistance Workshop for Minority-serving Institutions, at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel in Baltimore, MD. The two-day workshop assisted institutional teams from MSIs in further developing their ideas for MSP and STEM-C Partnerships proposals for the FY 2014 competitions. Each team consisted of a science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) or computer science faculty member, an education faculty member, and a representative from a local/regional school district.

Key topics discussed at the workshops included: overview of the MSP and the two STEM-C Partnership programs solicitations; NSF’s merit review process and preparation of competitive proposals; project design, data management, assessment and evaluation plans; and project sustainability and institutional change. Workshop participants received a resource CD and a workshop packet that they were encouraged to share with colleagues at their institutions. Resource CD topics included information on NSF award guides and MSP/STEM-C program information; common core standards; current issues in STEM; and proposal development and evaluation.


From 2012 to 2014, the QEM Network conducted three workshops to provide technical assistance to minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to increase their participation and competitiveness in NSF's Math and Science Partnership (MSP) and STEM-C Partnerships programs. The workshops assisted participating teams in further developing their ideas for Targeted Partnership or Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance (RETA) MSP proposals and STEM-CP:MSP proposals for the FY 2012-2014 competitions. Each institutional team consisted of a science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) or computer science faculty member, an education faculty member, and an official  representative from a local/regional school district. Prior to the Workshop, teams were required to submit a one-page summary to QEM of their proposed MSP projects. The project summaries were used during the workshop to provide feedback to the teams in small group discussions led by MSP Program Officers, QEM senior staff, and consultants.


Batimore, MD
February 7-8, 2014
Baltimore, MD
October 19-20, 2012
Baltimore, MD
January 20-21, 2012
Baltimore, MD
May 20-21, 2010

NSF Contacts:

Kathleen Bergin, email: kbergin@nsf.gov
Janice Cuny, email: jcuny@nsf.gov
Arlene M. de Strulle, email: adestrul@nsf.gov
Valerie Barr, email:vbarr@nsf.gov
John Haddock, email: jhaddock@nsf.gov
Christopher Hoadley, email: choadley@nsf.gov
Michael Jacobson, email: mjacobso@nsf.gov