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CISE Broadening Participation in Computing Webinar

About the series

NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is providing information on the Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) program solicitation NSF 21-571 via a webinar on May 4, 2021 starting at 2:00 pm ET.

The BPC Program aims to significantly increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents receiving post-secondary degrees in the computing disciplines, and to encourage participation of other underrepresented groups in the discipline. These groups may include women, persons with disabilities, Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. The BPC program will support three categories of awards:

  • Alliances are broad coalitions of academic institutions of higher learning, K-12 schools, government, industry, professional societies, and other not-for-profit organizations that design and carry out comprehensive programs addressing underrepresentation in the computing disciplines. Existing Alliances with documented evidence of national impact on broadening participation in computing may apply for an Alliance Extension to increase the duration, scope, student groups to be reached, partners, and/or projects.
  • Demonstration Projects (DPs) will pilot innovative programs that, once fully developed, could be incorporated into the activities of an existing or new Alliance, or otherwise scaled up for widespread impact.
  • Supplements  to existing CISE research awards are intended to engage more members of the computing research community in significant BPC efforts as part of a project’s BPC plan.

The webinar will include a briefing on the BPC program and key solicitation requirements followed by a question-and-answer session. Prior to the webinar, you can submit questions to cise-bpc@nsf.gov.

Register in advance for this webinar, which will take place via Zoom:


After registering, a confirmation email will be sent containing information about how to join the webinar. Participants will be able to join in a listen-only mode and interact through the Q&A function.

Contact: Allyson Kennedy aykenned@nsf.gov


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