ADVANCE Initiative

2006-2011 NSF ADVANCE PAID Grant

The first ADVANCE grant was proposed in January of 2008 and was funded with a start date of September 1, 2008. The original end date was August 31, 2011, and the grant was extended for one year to August 31, 2012. This first grant was aimed at catalyzing change in the gender diversity of the faculty. The initiatives were grounded in innovative and transformative best practices at Michigan Tech and at other university-recipients of ADVANCE grants.


2014-2015 Preparatory Lean Activities


2016 NSF ADVANCE IT proposal [not funded]

A proposal for an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant, “Continuous Improvement AMP-UP Processes to Transform Climate in STEM,” was submitted in January 2016. The proposal was not funded but preparatory activities included the development of what is now the Advance Matrix Process for University Programs or AMP-UP.

AMP-UP is a campus transforming process that was developed in accord with the call for proposals for an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant. According to the NSF ADVANCE website, an Institutional Transformation grant “is meant to produce large-scale comprehensive change and serve as a locus for research on gender equity and institutional transformation for academic STEM.” The Michigan Tech IT proposal detailed a research process affecting data-driven transformational climate change toward equity and inclusiveness in faculty career development.