National Girls Collaborative Project


The National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, Building the  Capacity of STEM Practitioners to Develop a Diverse Workforce, transferred to our new fiscal sponsor, the Afterschool Alliance. We now support 31 Collaboratives serving 39 states. The NGCP has also received funding from additional sources to continue and expand our important work. For example, funding from Time Warner Cable enabled NGCP to develop the most comprehensive database of STEM programs and opportunities, The Connectory, based on the previous NGCP Program Directory.


In April 2011, the EdLab Group, NGCP's fiscal sponsor, was awarded a $2,500,000 NSF grant to expand the work of the NGCP: NGCP: Building the Capacity of STEM Practitioners to Develop a Diverse Workforce (HRD-1103073). This funding has allowed NGCP to serve additional Collaboratives in high need areas, focus on serving girls who are most underrepresented in STEM, and expand professional development opportunities and dissemination of research-based resources to girl-serving STEM programs across the United States.


In August 2006, the NSF funded a process for extending and focusing the original NGCP model. NGCP: Advancing the Agenda in Gender Equity for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HRD-0631789) implemented and disseminated strategies from the successful collaboration structure previously developed via the Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (NWGCP). The expanded NGCP utilized the leadership and expertise of additional partners to support Collaboratives and disseminate research-based exemplary practices to further advance the work of existing and evolving girl-serving projects and also to provide a forum to share results among practitioners and researchers.


In 2004, the NSF funded the National Girls Collaborative Project™ (NGCP) (HRD-0436264). The purpose of the NGCP was to increase the capacity, impact, and sustainability of existing and evolving girl-serving STEM projects and programs by replication of the NWGCP Model in three states: California, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin.


In 2002, the Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (now the EdLab Group) implemented the Northwest Girls Collaborative Project (NWGCP) in Washington and Oregon to address the complex issue of gender equity in STEM fields. The NWGCP was funded by the NSF (HRD-0217212).