National Science Foundation Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE)
Institutional Eligibility: An eligible organization may participate in two Innovations in Graduate Education proposals per competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization on a non-collaborative proposal or as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on a collaborative proposal. Organizations participating solely as evaluators on projects are excluded from this limitation. Proposals that exceed the institutional eligibility limit (beyond the first two submissions based on timestamp) will be returned without review regardless of the institution’s role (lead, non-lead, subawardee) in the returned proposal.
PI Eligibility: An individual may serve as Lead Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on only one proposal submitted to the IGE program per annual competition.
Limited Submission Deadline: 5:00pm Wednesday, August 15th. Click here for submission form
Notification to PIs of Limited Submission Results: On or before Wednesday, August 22nd
Sponsor Deadline: September 27, 2018
Limited to 2 submissions per institution.
The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.
IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.
The IGE program will not focus on comprehensive training (see NSF Research Traineeship Solicitation NSF 18-507) or foundational research examining how graduate students learn (see EHR Core Research Solicitation NSF 15-509), but rather will promote targeted test-bed efforts that are informed by evidence, including findings from research on learning.
Activities proposed as part of the research project may include, but are not limited to, student professional skill development, career preparation and vocational counseling, faculty training, inventive partnerships, international experiences, internships, outreach, virtual networks, and mentoring. In addition, projects should utilize evidence-based strategies to broaden participation of students from diverse backgrounds.
Goals of the IGE Program are to:
- Catalyze rapid advances in STEM graduate education broadly as well as those responsive to the needs of particular disciplinary and interdisciplinary STEM fields, and
- Generate the knowledge base needed to inform the development of models as well as their implementation and adaptability.
The IGE Program calls for proposals to:
- Design, pilot, and test new, innovative and transformative approaches for inclusive STEM graduate education;
- Examine the potential to extend a successful approach developed in one discipline or context to other disciplines, or transfer an evidence-based approach to a new context; and
- Develop projects that are informed by learning science and the existing body of knowledge about STEM graduate education.
Leadership teams (PI/Co-PIs) comprising professional expertise in the learning sciences and pedagogy, as well as in the principal science domain(s), are strongly encouraged.
The program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.
IGE Awards are expected to be up to three (3) years in duration with a total budget between $300,000 and $500,000.
Link to Solicitation RFP: