ATE Evaluation Guidance
The National Science Foundation issued the latest solicitation for the Advanced Technological Education program in July 2018. Guidance regarding evaluation is located in Section A (Proposal Preparation Instructions; p. 10 – 11 of the pdf version) and Section B (Budgetary Information; p. 12 of the pdf version).
All ATE proposers and evaluators should carefully read the entire solicitation to make sure their proposals are responsible 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.)
A new solicitation is expected to be released in 2021.
ATE Program Synopsis
With an emphasis on two-year Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), 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 (grades 7-12, IHEs) and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary institution 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 will be faculty driven and that courses and programs credit bearing, although materials developed may also be used for incumbent worker education.
ATE Impacts documents the breadth and depth of the impacts of the projects and centers funded under the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. With an emphasis on two-year colleges, ATE projects and centers focus on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy.