Broadening Participation in STEM

BP Acronym Glossary

Please note that this acronym list has a broadening participation in STEM emphasis. This is not an intensive list of all acronyms used by NSF, rather a helpful guide for those interested in BP in STEM. 

  • AANAPISI: Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution 
  • AccessINCLUDES: Linking the knowledge and results of NSF disability-related projects and projects within the NSF INCLUDES National Network  
  • AIE-STEM: Access to Innovative Education: STEM Opportunities for Students with Learning Disabilities
  • ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions  
  • AGEP: Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate 
  • AI: Artificial Intelligence  
  • ARIS: Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society  
  • ASPIRE Alliance: The National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty  
  • ATC: Advanced Technology Center  

  • BI: Broader Impacts  
  • BIIS: Budget Internet Information System  
  • BIO: Directorate for Biological Sciences  
  • BP: Broadening Participation  
  • BPCnet: Broadening Participation in Computing Resource Portal  

  • CEOSE: Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering  
  • CISE: Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering  
  • CLB: Career-Life Balance Supplements 
  • COVID-19: Coronavirus Disease of 2019  
  • CREST: Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology  

  • DCL: Dear Colleague Letter  
  • DIVE: Diversity and Inclusion Video Exhibition  
  • DO-IT: Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology Center  
     

  • EAGER: Early-Concept Grant for Exploratory Research  
  • EDSIN: Environmental Data Science Inclusion Network  
  • EDU: Directorate for STEM Education  
  • ENG: Directorate for Engineering  
  • EPSCoR: Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research  
  • ExpandQISE: Expanding Capacity in Quantum Information Science and Engineering 

  • FASED: Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities

  • GEO: Directorate for Geosciences  
  • GEO GOLD: Geoscience Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity  
  • GPRA: Government Performance and Results Modernization Act  
  • GRANTED: Growing Research Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity
     

  • HAAEs: High African American Enrollment  
  • HAIEs: High American Indian Enrollment  
  • HBCU: Historically Black Colleges and Universities  
  • HBCU-EiR: Historically Black Colleges and Universities — Excellence in Research program  
  • HBCU-UP: Historically Black Colleges and Universities — Undergraduate Program  
  • HHE: High Hispanic Enrollment   
  • HSI: Hispanic-Serving Institution  

  • IHE: Institutions of Higher Education  
  • IPA: Intergovernmental Personnel  
  • Act IT: Information Technology
  • IUSE GEOPaths: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience

  • JCORE: White House National Science and Technology Council’s Joint Committee on the Research Environment

  • LDP: Leadership Development Program  
  • LEAPS-MPS: Launching Early Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences 
  • LGBTQIA2+: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Two Spririt 
  • LTER: Long-Term Ecological Research Network  
     

  • MR: Merit Review  
  • MRI: Major Research Instrumentation  
  • MSI: Minority-Serving Institution  
  • MPS: Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate 
  • MPS-Ascend: Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 
  • MPS-Ascend EM: MPS Ascend External Mentoring 
  • MPS-GRSV: Mathematical and Physical Sciences Graduate Research Supplement for Veterans 
  • MPS-High: Mathematical and Physical Sciences High School Student Research Assistantships 
     

  • NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration  
  • NASEM: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine  |
  • NASNTI: Native American Serving Non Tribal Institutions 
  • NCSES: National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics  
  • NEON: National Ecological Observatory Network  
  • NIH: National Institutes of Health  
  • NSB: National Science Board  
  • NSF: National Science Foundation  
  • NSF INCLUDES: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science  

  • OECR: Office of Equity and Civil Rights
  • OIA: Office of Integrative Activities  
  • OLPA: Office of Legislative and Public Affairs  
  • OSTP: Office of Science and Technology Policy  
     

  • PAESMEM: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring  
  • PAARE: Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education 
  • PIs: Principal Investigators  
  • PBI: Predominantly Black Institutions 
  • PREC: Partnerships in Research and Education in Chemistry 
  • PREM: Partnerships in Research and Education in Materials 
  • PREP: Partnerships in Research and Education in Physics 
  • PWD: Persons with Disabilities 
  • PWI: Predominantly White Institutions 

  • RAPID: Rapid Response Research Grant  
  • RARE: Re-entry to Active Research 
  • RET: Research Experience for (High School) Teachers 
  • REU: Research Experiences for Undergraduates  
  • RII: Research Infrastructure Improvement  
  • ROA: Research Opportunity Awards 
  • RUI: Research at Undergraduate Institutions 
     

  • S&E: Science and Engineering  
  • SBE: Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences  
  • SEAPD-STEM: Southeast Alliance for Persons with Disabilities in STEM  
  • STCs: Science and Technology Centers  
  • STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics  
     

  • TCUs: Tribal Colleges and Universities  
  • TCUP: Tribal Colleges and Universities Program 
  • TIP: Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships

  • URG: Underrepresented Groups  
  • URM: Underrepresented Minorities

  • VSEES: Visiting Scientists, Engineers, and Educators  
     

  • WaYS: Wabanaki Youth Science Program  
  • WHI-HBCU: White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities  
  • WMPD Report: Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in S&E Report