Through the BPINNOVATE Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the Science of Science program (PD 19-125Y) encourages research on broadening participation in entrepreneurship and innovation.
NSF invites scholars to partner across disciplines and with supporting organizations, entrepreneurs, and investors to form research collaborations to investigate the challenges and systemic barriers faced by science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) entrepreneurs from minority populations and Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) jurisdictions and the best practices for overcoming these barriers.
The desired outcome of this DCL is to broaden awareness and gain insight into best practices that promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the science and engineering workforce and within innovation ecosystems across the nation. NSF encourages the development of tools and datasets that can be widely shared with the community.
This DCL is supported by five allied programs from five NSF Directorates and Offices, reflecting the broad support and timeliness of the BPINNOVATE effort. This is not a new competition nor a new program. Principal investigators should submit proposals to the Science of Science program via program description (PD) PD 19-125Y in accordance with the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures (PAPPG).
Proposals should contain the acronym "BPINNOVATE" at the beginning of the title, to indicate that they are being submitted pursuant to this DCL. Proposals should be submitted by February 9, 2021.