Broadening Participation in Engineering

By National Science Foundation
Government Agency
NSF seeks to strengthen the future U.S. Engineering workforce by enabling the participation of all citizens through the support of research in the science of Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE). The BPE program is dedicated to supporting the development of a diverse and well-prepared engineering workforce.





BPE funds research to: - Understand and analyze the systemic barriers that prevent underrepresented groups from pursuing and succeeding in engineering. - Understand and analyze factors that enhance our ability to increase access to engineering by creating support systems and social networks. - Develop innovative methods and projects to significantly impact the recruitment and retention of engineering students from underrepresented groups. - Develop innovative methods and projects to aggressively recruit and retain tenure track faculty from underrepresented groups. - Design and transform culture to make diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority in the engineering enterprise.

Social Impact Focus

  • BPE focuses on enhancing the diversity and inclusion of all underrepresented populations in engineering, including gender identity and expression, race and ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+, first-generation college, and socio-economic status.


  • Unrestricted

Thanks to the funder for their generosity.