The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..." With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), they are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities.
Institutional Transformation (IT) Awards Synopsis Institutional Transformation Awards support academic institutional transformation to promote the increased participation and advancement of women scientists and engineers in academe. These awards support innovative and comprehensive programs for institution-wide change.
See the table below for a list of universities and colleges that have received funding for institutional transformation.
Cohort 1 (2001)
Cohort 2 (2003)
Cohort 3 (2005)
Cohort 4 (2008)
Cohort 5 (2010)
Cohort 6 (2012)
University of California - Davis
University of Cincinnati Main Campus
University of Virginia Main Campus
Four smaller awards were made in 2006 to support promising projects:
IT-Catalyst awards are designed to support historically resource-challenged institutions in efforts to conduct institutional self-assessment activities, such as data collection and analysis and policy review, in order to identify specific issues in the recruitment, retention and promotion of women scientists and engineers within an institution of higher education.
Delaware State University
New York City College of Technology, CUNY
Rochester Institute of Technology
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
University of Minnesota, Duluth
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Western Washington University