Institutional Transformation awards are expected to include
innovative and systemic organizational approaches to transform
institutions of higher education in ways that will increase the
participation and advancement of women in STEM academic
careers. These awards support comprehensive programs for
institution-wide change. Additionally, IT projects must
include studies designed to investigate theory-driven models and
innovations aimed at increasing the participation and advancement
of women in the academic STEM disciplines.
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.