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NSF Sets Partnership to Support STEM Research Data

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The National Science Foundation has commissioned a partnership between two different organizations for the development of a new education-focused research data hub.

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research and the American Educational Research Association will jointly work to foster education, collaboration and community across science, technology, engineering and mathematics data sources, NSF said Friday.

The two will form the Partnership for Expanding Education Research in STEM or PEERS, a web-based data resource hub that would feature new kinds of data and resources to encourage STEM collaboration. The partners will also provide professional development, training and technical support for the expansion of data access and fruition of innovative concepts.

NSF's Directorate of Education and Human Resources launched a competition to select the partnership's participants. Margaret Levenstein, ICPSR director, and Felice Levine, AERA executive director, will serve as PEERS' principal investigators.

“This collaboration reinforces our commitment to build something larger than ourselves and to bring others into the conversation,” Levenstein said.