About the ATE Program

The National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program has been funding innovation at two-year colleges for over twenty-five years. With a focus on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy, and strong partnerships between academic institutions and industry, ATE promotes improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Fields of technology supported by the ATE program include, but are not limited to, advanced manufacturing technologies, agricultural and bio-technologies, energy and environmental technologies, engineering technologies, information technologies, micro- and nano-technologies, security technologies, and learning, evaluation, and research.

The ATE program supports proposals in a variety of tracks including Projects, Centers, and Targeted Research in Technician Education. For more information about the ATE program, please visit the resources listed below:

  • The ATE home page on the National Science Foundation site provides an overview of the ATE program, contact information for the associated program officers, and examples of recent awards.
  • The ATE solicitation provides detailed information about the program and outlines key concerns of the funding agency, budgetary guidelines, and programmatic requirements.
  • The ATE Impacts book and blog are intended to inform educators, college administrators, industry partners, students and parents about ATE's important work preparing technicians for employment in advanced technology fields, as well as improving the skills of educators who teach aspiring and incumbent technicians. Key audiences for the project also include elected officials, community college presidents, business and industry leaders, and ATE principal investigators.
  • Visit ATE Central's Stay In the Loop page to keep abreast of community activities and news. 


As of December 2020, the new About page has replaced this one. Please refer to that page for the most up-to-date information.