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Research on Learning and Education (ROLE)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

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Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


This program seeks to capitalize on important developments in a variety of fields related to human learning and to education. It will support research along a four-quadrant continuum that includes 1) brain research as a foundation for research on human learning; 2) fundamental research on behavioral, cognitive, affective and social aspects of human learning; 3) research on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in formal and informal educational settings; and 4) research on STEM learning in complex educational systems. ROLE seeks gains at the intersections of these areas, where issues arising from research and educational practice can be reconciled, and hypotheses generated in one area may be tested and refined in others. The ROLE Program aims to advance the knowledge base in and across these multidisciplinary areas.

Program contacts

James Dietz
Associate Program Director
jdietz@nsf.gov (703) 292-5156
Janice M. Earle
Senior Program Director
jearle@nsf.gov (703) 292-5097
Larry E. Suter
Statistician Program Director
lsuter@nsf.gov (703) 292-5144
Elizabeth VanderPutten
Program Director
evanderp@nsf.gov (703) 292-5147
Lee L. Zia
Program Director
lzia@nsf.gov (703) 292-5140 EDU/OAD

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