Who We Are

Building a national movement to broaden participation in STEM

NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in discoveries and innovations by focusing on diversity, inclusion and broadening participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at scale. NSF INCLUDES is one of the NSF 10 Big Ideas. The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position the United States at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership through pioneering research and enabling activities.

The NSF INCLUDES National Network brings together the power of many to strengthen STEM equity by connecting individuals, alliances, pilot programs, federal agencies, educational institutions, and other entities across the nation working to shift inequitable systems and broaden participation in STEM education and careers. Network members represent K-12, higher education, informal STEM education, and STEM careers and career advancement.

We believe we can build a powerful, sustainable movement that will accelerate the inclusion and advancement of traditionally underrepresented populations in STEM – including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Alaskans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, persons with disabilities, women and girls, and persons from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds. Join the NSF INCLUDES National Network to:

  • Learn about—and share—best practices in broadening participation with other leaders from education, science, industry, nonprofits, professional organizations, and government;
    Strengthen your capacity in areas such as building and maintaining collaborative infrastructure and equitable practices, strategy, measurement, communication, and program sustainability;
  • Build a national community of supportive peers singularly committed to catalyzing STEM education and career opportunities for underserved populations;
  • Prepare to apply for NSF funding to develop pilot programs or alliances that advance STEM equity

The vision of NSF INCLUDES is to catalyze the STEM enterprise to work collaboratively for inclusive change, resulting in a STEM workforce that reflects the population of the Nation. Read the NSF INCLUDES 2020 Report to the Nation.

Are you interested or engaged in broadening participation in STEM efforts? Join the National Network!

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NSF INCLUDES Network Members
NSF INCLUDES Members
NSF INCLUDES Members


Partners in the NSF INCLUDES National Network:

NSF INCLUDES Planning Grant Awardees

Cohort 1 Planning Grants
See details here 

Cohort 2 Planning Grants 

  • Inclusive STEM Workforce Development (PI: Christopher Atchison) 
  • Broadening Participation of Rural K-12 Girls in Mathematics Intensive STEM Fields (PI: Katahdin Cook Whitt) 
  • A Collaboration of Tribal Colleges, Professional Organizations and Four-Year Degree-Granting Universities to Advance Native American Students in STEM (PI: Kathy DeerInWater) 
  • Increasing the Representation of Minorities in Engineering (PI: Steve Efe) 
  • 331 STEM: Energy 3 Universities, in 3 Cities, 1 Vision (PI: Dana Harmon) 
  • Developing a Collaborative Infrastructure for Educating STEM Undergraduate Students who are Neurodiverse Learners (PI: Ronda Jenson) 
  • Coastal, Ocean, and Marine Enterprise Inclusion and Network-building (PI: Samuel Lake) 
  • Partnerships for Innovation (PI: William McCoy) 
  • An NSF CREST Centers Collaboration to Advance Minority Undergraduate Student Researchers in STEM (PI: Gustavo Menezes) 
  • Building Networks and Enhancing Diversity in the K-12 STEM Teaching Workforce (PI: Carol O'Donnell) 
  • A Collaboration of Hispanic Serving Institutions and Organizations to Strengthen Pathways to STEM Graduate Education for Latinx Students (PI: David Ortiz) 
  • Planning for an Inclusive Makerspace Alliance for Rural Students with Disabilities (PI: Gina Oswald) 
  • Developing and Strengthening Partnerships to Better Support Women of Color in Engineering Workforce (PI: Roberta Rincon) 
  • Planning for an Alliance on Social Justice, Science, and the Environment (PI: Stuart Sandin) 
  • Transcending Barriers for Success (PI: Amy Shachter) 
  • Inclusive Biologists Exploring Active Research with Students (PI: Tracey Sulak) 
  • Broadening Participation of Underserved Students in STEM and CTE in the Middle Grades (PI: Benjamin Williams) 
  • Women in a Network of Discovery (PI: Constance Wolfe) 

Other Agencies and Partners

Federal Agencies

  • Department of Education
  • NASA
  • NIH
  • NOAA
  • NSF
  • Department of Defense
  • NIST
  • USGS
  • USPTO

Industry and Foundation Partners

  • STEM Funders Network
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Boeing

Other Stakeholders

  • Faculty and Students
  • Professional Associations
  • Community Organizations
Learn about the importance of broadening participation in STEM