Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination awards may focus on one institution or organization, or they may be a partnership between several institutions and/or organizations. PAID projects can focus on all STEM disciplines, several disciplines, or only one discipline, including the social and behavioral sciences. Projects may have an international, national, regional or local scope.
UC ADVANCE PAID, a program sponsored by UC Office of the President and the National Science Foundation (NSF), leverages the ten-campus structure at the University of California to enable campuses to recruit, retain, and advance more women and underrepresented minority women faculty in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).Through innovative data collection and the strengthening of cross-campus networks, the program will establish STEM
Principal Investigators at the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions are conducting a longitudinal study about how disadvantages for women, minorities, and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) faculty in STEM fields accrue over time.
Tools for Change will provide solid economic data to compare the costs of implementing best-practice policies with the costs of a “leaky” pipeline; disseminate knowledge about the kind of challenges faced by women of color in STEM that are different from those faced by white women; build “workshops-in-a-box” that can be used at institutions and meetings across the country; and disseminate survey protocols and trainings already developed by UC’s Faculty Family Friendly Edge and the Center for WorklifeL
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage, and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from under-represented groups.
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force. These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and other topics.
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.