2017 Program Solicitation
The National Science Foundation issued a new solicitation for the Advanced Technological Education program in June 2017. New evaluation guidance is located in Section B – Budgetary Information (p. 11 in the pdf version).
All ATE proposers and evaluators should carefully read the entire solicitation to make sure their proposals are responsive to the solicitation. EvaluATE recommends searching an electronic version of the solicitation for “eval” to locate all discussions of project evaluation. (Note that “evaluation” is also used frequently in the solicitation to refer to the proposal review process.)
Program Synopsis (from ATE program website)
With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways; and other activities. The program invites research proposals that advance the knowledge base related to technician education. It is expected that projects be faculty driven and that courses and programs are credit bearing although materials developed may also be used for incumbent worker education.