National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program
The goal of the NSF ADVANCE Program is to increase the participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce through the increased representation and advancement of women in academic scientific and engineering careers. To meet this goal, the NSF ADVANCE Program provides opportunities for both individuals and organizations:, including Fellows Awards, Institutional Transformation Awards and Leadership Awards. Through ADVANCE awards, NSF seeks to support new approaches to improving the climate for women in U.S. academic institutions and to facilitate women's advancement to the highest ranks of academic leadership. Creative approaches to realize the goal of the program are sought from women and men. Members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Georgia Tech's ADVANCE Program (2001-07) was one of nine ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs in the first cohort of universities to receive funding.
The ADVANCE program has now become institutionalized at GT and has been expanded to appoint ADVANCE professors in the College of Architecture and College of Management as well as the original Colleges. Coordinated by the ADVANCE Team (ADVANCE Professors and the Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology), the ADVANCE program continues to take an integrated approach to institutional factors supporting the full participation and advancement of women faculty.