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On September 13, 2021, NSF released a new solicitation for CISE Core Programs with updated guidance regarding BPC Plans. You can read the solicitation here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21616/nsf21616.htm. BPCnet.org staff are in the process of updating this page to reflect these changes. Some content on this page may be outdated until updates are completed.
Overview of BPC Plans
Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) efforts are important to many NSF Directorates. While the particular requirements differ based on the program, several NSF CISE programs now require an approved BPC plan by the time of award. These programs include: All Medium and Large NSF CISE Core Programs, Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC), Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), and Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions). Below, you can find information about 3 helpful BPC documents relevant to the CISE Directorate. For specific information about the BPC requirements for Expeditions in Computing, refer to this NSF link.
To support BPC efforts at the Project level and Departmental level, we suggest developing the following 3 types of BPC Documents:
3 Types of BPC Documents
|Plan Type||Project BPC Plans||Internal Departmental Documents||Departmental BPC Plans|
|Example||See a Project BPC Plan from Colorado School of Mines.||See an Internal Departmental Document from Colorado School of Mines.||See a Departmental BPC Plan from Colorado School of Mines.|
|Duration||Length of the NSF Grant||Around 1-3 years||Around 1-3 years|
|Guidance from BPCnet||https://bpcnet.org/
|BPCnet does not provide guidance for this internal document.||https://bpcnet.org/
|Submitted where||NSF CISE||Not submitted||BPCnet; BPCnet will verify these plans|
|Page limit||3 pages maximum||No limit||2 pages maximum|
|Eligible for BPCnet Consultancy support||Yes||No||Yes|
|More information||Read more about NSF CISE requirements for Project Plans||None||Watch NSF CISE AD Margaret Martonosi discuss the importance of Departmental BPC Plans|