AISL (Advancing Informal STEM Learning). AISL better emphasizes the priorities of the solicitation and the changes at NSF:Advancing - This emphasizes that AISL seeks innovative projects that advance the field and that requests need to go beyond just proposing a new exhibit, program or film.
Informal - This continues to emphasize that the program is interested in out-of-school learning that makes learning Lifelong, Life Wide (occurring across multiple venues) and Life Deep (occurring at different levels of complexity).
STEM - This recognizes that the program is not just focused on science, but all of STEM.
Learning - This term is more appropriate than "education" based on what we know on how people learn. Also, "learning" is more connected with what people do for themselves, compared to "education" which is perceived as something that is done to them.
The program encourages research components in all program types and allows for up to an additional $500,000 in funding requests in Full Scale and Broader Implementation proposals that specifically included a research component.