NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant

ADVANCE at WSU

Grant Opportunities and Programs


Grant opportunities are available in 4 current programs:

  • External Mentors provides career-development opportunities for STEM faculty of all ranks to work with a noted expert in their discipline in a manner that would help address barriers to involvement of women in STEM disciplines.
  • PRO-NET program has three programs. The first is centered on proactively recruiting qualified women and underrepresented minorities, the second is to establish a network of established women, senior-faculty, that will serve as recruitment “ambassadors” for WSU, and the third is to increase the awareness of issues affecting STEM women faculty, and that often affect other faculty as well.
  • Social Science Research Grants enables faculty to generate publishable research on factors affecting the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in STEM disciplines.
  • Transitions program provides assistance during work/life transition periods to ease stressors and to support faculty in maintaining the excellence of their work.

Other assistance through the 4 major initiatives of ADVANCE at WSU:


1) Work/Life Support Initiative

  • Transitions program provides assistance during work/life transition periods to ease stressors and to support faculty in maintaining the excellence of their work.
  • Dual-Career Partnership program provides career assistance for dual-career couples in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This program is operated in collaboration with the University of Idaho.
  • Infant Care Placeholder program provides assistance in locating quality infant care.
  • SelectPlus Family Program provides access to a national network of caregivers to meet a variety of needs—from babysitting to eldercare and more.


2) Preparing and Recruiting a Diverse Faculty Initiative


3) Leadership Training Initiative

  • Expansion of existing Department Chairs Training program addresses climate and leadership barriers to recruitment, retention, and advancement of an excellent, diverse faculty.
  • External Mentor program provides career-development opportunities for STEM faculty of all ranks to work with a noted expert in their discipline in a manner that would help address barriers to involvement of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines.
  • Emerging Leaders Training program provides training opportunity for emerging leaders.
  • ADVANCEing Institutional Transformation Workshop (held August 26-27, 2010 and October 16, 2012) for all WSU academic deans, chairs, and directors, as well as invited University of Idaho STEM department deans, chairs, and directors, to learn about best practices for recruitment, retention, and advancement of an excellent, diverse faculty.

4) Institutionalizing Transformation Initiative

  • WSU ADVANCE EXCELinSE (Excellence in Science and Engineering) Center centralizes ADVANCE at WSU programs and activities; organizes, monitors, and assesses institutional progress; oversees the faculty-friendly policy review and proposal process; and disseminates results and best practices to the broader academic community.
ADVANCE Research program provides 1) the dissemination and evaluation of WSU Social Science Research Grants, 2) the collection of National Science Foundation indicator data, and 3) the development and dissemination of ADVANCE grant-related social science research (e.g., Collaborative on the Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) survey dissemination, data collection and analysis, and results dissemination; WSU chair's interviews).
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