NSF  IUSE – Program Solicitation (October Deadlines )

NSF has released a new Program Solicitation (14-588) for its Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Program. This new program can be seen as a “replacement” of the now-defunct TUES (Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM) program; it has many of the same goals. (IUSE is also seen as “replacing” the STEP and WIDER programs as well as TUES.)

Deadlines for tier (i) Exploration proposals:

         Engaged Student Learning track – October 22, 2014

         Institutional and Community Transformation track – October 24, 2014

IUSE invites proposals that address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, including those that anticipate new structures and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise (e.g. organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, cyberlearning, etc.).

The program features two tracks:

(1) Engaged Student Learning that focuses on design, development, and research studies that involve the creation, exploration, or implementation of tools, resources, and models that increase student engagement leading to measurable and lasting learning gains; and

(2) Institutional and Community Transformation that focuses on innovative approaches to substantially increase the propagation of highly effective methods of STEM teaching and learning. 

Two tiers of projects exist within each track: (iExploration (for smaller-scale, institutional efforts with budgets of up to $250k) and (ii) Design and Development (larger efforts for multiple disciplines in an institution, for groups of institutions, and efforts that go beyond testing to produce widespread evidence of effectiveness). These tracks will entertain research studies in all areas. In addition, IUSE also offers support for a variety of focused innovative projects that seek to identify future opportunities and challenges facing the undergraduate STEM education enterprise.

Information about IUSE is located online. http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505082&org=DUE&from=home

 

A direct link to the Program Solicitation: http://nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14588/nsf14588.htm