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Geoscience Education: The goals of the Geoscience Education (GeoEd) Program are to:-improve the quality of geoscience education at all educational levels; -increase the number and competency of Earth and Space Science teachers at K-12 levels; -demonstrate the relevance of the geosciences by identifying and promoting traditional and non-traditional career opportunities in the field; -increase the number of students enrolling in geoscience courses and degree programs at all educational levels; -increase the number of students drawn from groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in geoscience courses and degree programs; and -increase the publics understanding of geoscience-related issues. The GeoEd Program considers proposals submitted under one of the two tracks described in this solicitation.Track 1 Pilot Projects: Proposals should describe a plan to initiate or pilot innovative geoscience education activities. Track 1 projects should integrate research and education. Proposals for projects that will make use of current geoscience research results and/or methods are sought, as are proposals that will promote the geosciences and geoscience careers as highly relevant to modern society. Projects that are informed by the results of current education-related research or will conduct new educational research within a geoscience education venue will be considered under this solicitation. Awards are intended to provide start-up or proof-of-concept funding to enable projects to reach a level of maturity that will allow them to compete for longer-term funding from other sources or become self-sustaining. All proposed projects should have strong evaluation and dissemination plans.Projects designed to recruit and retain students during the critical transition from high-school to college are highly appropriate for consideration by the GeoEd Program.Track 2 Integrative Collaborations: Proposals should describe a plan to integrate geoscience research and education activities into existing Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), and/or Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) projects. Track 2 proposals must provide documentation of collaboration between the proposed GeoEd project and the associated LSAMP, AGEP, and/or CREST project(s).The LSAMP program supports sustained and comprehensive projects designed to increase the number of students from populations underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) that earn doctoral degrees.The specific objectives of the AGEP program are to (1) develop and implement innovative models for recruiting, mentoring, and retaining minority students in STEM doctoral programs; and (2) develop effective strategies for identifying and supporting underrepresented minorities who want to pursue academic careers.The CREST program provides substantial support for research at minority-serving institutions across the United States. The main goal of CREST and its awardees is to build the research competitiveness of minority-serving institutions while increasing the recruitment and retention of individuals from diverse backgrounds in STEM fields.