The National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant program emphasizes two-year community and technical colleges focused on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields.The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary institution school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways; and other activities.
- Projects: $300,000 to $400,000 typically spread over two to three years.
- Small projects for institutions new to the ATE program: up to $300,000 typically spread over three years.
- Centers: up to $7.5 million spread over five years
- Resource Centers: $1.65 million spread over three years.
- Targeted Research on Technician Education: Ranging from $150,000 total for up to two years to $800,000 total for up to three years.