Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) efforts are important to many NSF Directorates. More specifically, all Medium NSF CISE Core Programs, Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC), and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) project proposals require an approved BPC plan by the time of award.
To support BPC efforts at the Project level and Departmental level, we suggest developing the following 3 types of BPC Documents:
Project BPC Plans
See an example Project BPC Plan from Colorado School of Mines.
- Submitted where: NSF CISE
- Page limit: 1-3 pages
- Describes: The roles of each PI in the BPC activities
- Goal: Help PIs identify and do impactful BPC activities
- More information: Read more about NSF CISE requirements for Project Plans
Internal Departmental Document
See an example Internal Departmental Document from Colorado School of Mines.
- Submitted where: Not submitted
- Page limit: No limit
- Describes: How faculty can get involved and write their own Project BPC Plans
- Goal: Support faculty writing BPC Plans for their NSF proposals
Departmental BPC Plans
See an example Departmental BPC Plan from Colorado School of Mines.
- Submitted where: BPCnet.org
- Page limit: 2 pages
- Describes: Context for BPC activities in the department
- Goal: Organize and coordinate departmental activities
- More information: Watch NSF CISE AD Margaret Martonosi discuss the importance of Departmental BPC Plans