Opportunity: $200K NSF grant for AI in edu

By Ashley Cross posted 22 days ago


Request from a community member: 
"We are interested in submitting a proposal for NSF's recent Rapid Response Research call: Next year, we will be implementing an AI literacy curriculum alongside our computer science curriculum in grades K-12. We also plan to have students in grades 6-12 using AI tools (for productivity and for assessment). Of course, relevant faculty PD will be another aim of the coming year. I'm wondering if you know of potential partners--schools with similar plans, researchers, or organizations with existing AI platforms or curriculum who are looking for test sites. If so, I would greatly appreciate an introduction."

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Here's more info about the grant:

The unprecedented speed of advancements in machine learning (ML), generative artificial intelligence (AI), and large language models (LLM) is rapidly transforming formal and informal educational settings and systems. Educators and learners are grappling with unanticipated and rapidly changing AI that impacts both day-to-day K-12 classroom practices and the use of AI in informal (out of school) settings.

In response to these technological changes, the nature of learning, teaching, and assessment is rapidly evolving. Schools are faced with insufficient research-based findings on the use of AI tools and environments for teaching; other educational organizations are equally challenged. There is also a great need to clarify which AI concepts and principles K-12 students should be learning. Finally, it is critical to investigate the ways AI will both promote and impact equitable education and inclusive learning.

As a result, there is a severe urgent need for research on the use of AI, and the teaching of AI, in K-12 classroom and informal settings. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) invites researchers to submit Rapid Response Research (RAPID) proposals for time-sensitive research including, but not limited to:

  • Developing AI tools and environments to advance age-appropriate equitable learning and inclusive teaching;
  • Supporting learning about and interest in AI;
  • Using AI to teach AI; and,
  • Integrating generative AI in education in an ethical, responsible, and effective way.

Proposed projects must include strong data-driven research methods in need of a quick response due to rapidly changing AI. NSF strongly encourages proposals that will sustain and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM education research. Likewise, NSF is seeking proposals that will have an impact on underserved and underrepresented schools and communities.

Requests for RAPID proposals may be for up to $200K and up to one year in duration.