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Requests for Support for Grant Proposals

CSTA has established a protocol for dealing fairly and quickly with requests from organizations or individuals requesting support for grant proposals. The purpose of this protocol is to ensure that all of the projects for which CSTA provides support are high quality, are consistent with CSTA's mission and goals, and serve CSTA's membership.

CSTA envisions three potential kinds of participation in grant proposals generated by other institutions or individuals. These include:

Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator

Large projects with significant CSTA participation and/or management are most appropriate for CSTA to serve as a PI or co-PI. CSTA has a successful track record of receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and can work with you in all stages of preparing the grant proposal.

For requests for CSTA's involvement as a PI or co-PI on a grant proposal, please send an email to the CSTA Executive Director at l.clayborn@csta-hq.org.

Paid Subcontractor

Projects for which CSTA would provide significant resources for a self-contained portion of a broader project (such as running a workshop) are most appropriate for CSTA to serve as a paid subcontractor of the project.

For requests for CSTA's involvement as a subcontractor on a grant proposal, please send an email to the CSTA Executive Director at l.clayborn@csta-hq.org.

Letters of Support

For projects which do not require CSTA participation but which are of high quality, are consistent with CSTA's mission and goals, and will serve CSTA's membership, it may be appropriate for CSTA to provide a written letter of support.

To request a CSTA letter of support for a grant proposal, please send an email to CSTA's Grants Chair at cstagrants@csta.acm.org at least three weeks before the letter is required. This email should contain the following information:
  • a 2-3 paragraph description of the nature and purpose of the project
  • a description of the audience the project is intended to serve
  • an explanation of how the project will support CSTA's mission
  • an explanation of how the project will benefit CSTA members
  • a statement of any further assistance you are requesting from CSTA in support of the project
Once this email has been received by the Grants Committee Chair, it will be forwarded to the CSTA Executive Committee and the CSTA Executive Director for review.


Criteria for All Requests

The Executive Committee, the Grants Chair, and the Executive Director will conduct their review based upon the following criteria:
  • The overall quality of the project (as described)
  • The extent to which the project is consistent with CSTA's mission
  • The extent to which the project forwards CSTA's goals and objectives
  • The extent to which the project will benefit CSTA members
  • The extent to which the curriculum goals of the project reflect CSTA's curriculum priorities and documents
  • The extent to which the project may or may not be in conflict with proposals that CSTA is submitting to the same or similar grant programs or institutions
  • Institutional membership in CSTA
All requests will be dealt with in a timely manner and the original requestor will be notified of CSTA's decision within two weeks of the request.


Useful Documents

We would strongly recommend that before making any request, you review CSTA's website, including its mission. In addition, the new CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards document is now available:





   

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(problem solving &
computational thinking)

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(computing &
computer science)

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transition)

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