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In September of 2021, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) announced an updated Core Programs solicitation (NSF 21-616) with new guidelines for submitting Project Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Plans, as summarized below.
All Medium project proposals must include a Project BPC Plan as supplementary documentation at the time of submission. There are now two types of Project BPC Plans that Principal Investigators (PIs) can submit: Standalone Project BPC Plans and Connected Project BPC Plans.
For PIs at institutions with Departmental BPC Plans that have been verified by BPCnet.org, the Connected Project BPC Plan submitted to NSF should include the following:
- A 1-page description of the specific roles of each PI and co-PI, their preparation, and what activities they focus on from the Verified Departmental BPC Plan
- A 2-page Verified Departmental BPC Plan
- Points above repeat per institution
For PIs at institutions without Verified Departmental BPC Plans, the Standalone Project BPC Plan submitted to NSF should include the following:
- A 3-page document that describes the specific roles of each PI and co-PI, their preparation, the activities in which they will engage, and their plan for measurement.
- This 3-page document is NOT repeated per institution, so it must include all PIs on the project.
Below is a decision flowchart from BPCnet.org that PIs can use to decide which Project BPC Plan to submit to NSF.
BPCnet.org has been updating content and resources on the portal since the announced changes. Although some pages are still undergoing development, PIs and departments should use BPCnet.org to find the newest Project BPC Plan templates and associated checklists.
- PIs at an institution with an associated Verified Departmental BPC Plan should visit the Connected Project BPC Plan page for more information.
- PIs at an institution without an associated Verified Departmental BPC Plan should visit the Standalone Project BPC Plan page for more information.
- Departments looking to update or create a Departmental BPC Plan should visit the Departmental BPC Plan page for more information. Of importance, Departmental BPC Plans must now meet NSF’s formatting standards outlined in the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide, so be sure to visit BPCnet.org about updating any existing Verified Departmental BPC Plans.
- BPCnet.org has an updated FAQ that integrates questions and responses from the official FAQ from NSF, as well as additional FAQs found exclusively on BPCnet.org.
Short on time? BPCnet.org contributors Dr. Colleen Lewis and Dr. Luther Tychonievich recorded three short videos about the changes from NSF.
- Overview of BPC Plan Updates (September 2021)
- Creating or Updating Your Project BPC Plan (September 2021)
- Creating or Updating Your Departmental BPC Plan (September 2021)
Still lost? BPCnet.org offers a free consultancy service. Click here to schedule an appointment with a BPC Plan consultant who can help you select the right BPC Plan option for your context, help you think about your activities, or provide feedback on your BPC Plan prior to submission.
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