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Division of Undergraduate Education Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Program (IUSE) Program Description: NSF 14 -7513 Webinar November 22 and 26, 2013
Division of Undergraduate Education Improving Undergraduate STEM Education Program (IUSE) Program Description: NSF 14 -7513
NSF STEM Workforce Priorities • Prepare students to be leaders, teachers, and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields • Develop a scientifically literate populace Both depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience
NSF Investments Research-based and research-generating approaches to: • Understand/advance STEM learning • Design, test, and study curricular change • Widely disseminate and implement best practices • Broaden participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields
NSF Goals • • Develop the STEM/STEM-related workforce Advance science Broaden participation in STEM Educate a STEM-literate populace Build capacity in higher education Improve K-12 STEM education Encourage life-long learning
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) • Website: http: //www. nsf. gov/funding/pgm_summ. jsp? pims _id=504976924 • Proposal Target Date: February 4, 2014
EHR Areas of Investment • • Experiential learning Assessment/metrics of learning and practice Scholarships Foundational education research Professional development Institutional change Formal and informal learning environments Undergraduate disciplinary research
IUSE Objectives NSF is seeking projects that: • Increase student retention in STEM • Prepare students to participate in science for tomorrow • Improve students' STEM learning outcomes • Generate knowledge on how students learn and on effective practice in undergraduate classrooms • Broaden participation
IUSE Projects • DUE supports the improvement of the undergraduate STEM education enterprise through funding the following: – Projects that build on fundamental research in undergraduate STEM education and prior R&D – Research on design, development, and widespread implementation of effective STEM learning/teaching knowledge and practice – Foundational research on student learning
IUSE Projects (cont. ) • In FY 14, NSF is also accepting proposals for developing “IDEAS Labs” in biology, “IDEAS Labs” engineering, and geosciences • Intent: bring together relevant disciplinary Intent and education research expertise to produce research agendas that address discipline-specific workforce development needs
What are IDEAS Labs? The process is modeled on the "IDEAS Factory" program developed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council of the UK • Goal: to develop new and bold approaches to grand challenge questions for topics that require new dimensions of thought • Structure: 20 -30 participants are brought together for intensive interactive multidisciplinary workshops called “Sandpits”
What are IDEAS Labs? (cont. ) • Workshop participants will be selected from among those who send an Ideas Lab proposal to the February 4, 2014 target date • Dear Colleague Letters will be forthcoming. • Selected participants are assisted by professional facilitators who help organize the activities - along with scientific expert mentors • Participants develop collaborative proposals through an proposals iterative review process • Selected teams will be encouraged to submit full proposals
NSF Merit Review Principles – NSF projects should be of the highest quality and have the potential to advance, if not transform, the frontiers of knowledge – NSF projects, in the aggregate, should contribute more broadly to achieving societal goals – Meaningful assessment and evaluation of NSF funded projects should be based on appropriate metrics, keeping in mind the likely correlation between the effect of broader impacts and the resources provided to implement projects
NSF Merit Review Criteria • Intellectual Merit – the potential to advance knowledge. • Broader Impacts – the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes. Both criteria, Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact, will be given full consideration during the review and decision-making processes. Proposers must fully address both criteria.
Merit Review Considerations • What is the potential for the proposed activity to: § Advance knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields (Intellectual Merit); and § Benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes (Broader Impacts)? • To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative, original or potentially transformative concepts? • Is the plan for carrying out the proposed activities wellreasoned, well-organized, and based on a sound rationale? Does the plan incorporate a mechanism to assess success?
Merit Review Considerations • How well qualified is the individual, team, or organization to conduct the proposed activities? • Are there adequate resources available to the PI (either at the home institution or through collaborations) to carry out the proposed activities? Please Note: Reviewers are also asked to review Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources, Data Management Plan, and Postdoctoral Researcher Mentoring Plan
Human Subjects - IRB • IRB exemption or approval documentation is required at the time of the award - in order to receive FY 2014 funding • Please plan for the timing necessary to obtain institutional IRB approval
GRANT PROPOSAL GUIDE Checklist for Proposal Preparation • “Complete proposals help expedite review and processing. To assure that research and other proposals submitted to the Foundation are complete, an administrative check should be made before mailing. ” • The GPG Checklist for Proposal Preparation can be found at: http: //www. nsf. gov/pubs/2000/nsf 002/apx_b. htm
Will there be a program solicitation or RFP for IUSE? • There will NOT be an official solicitation for NOT IUSE, only the Program Description • The guidance for proposal preparation is the NSF Grants Proposal Guide (GPG) • Grant Proposal Guide website: http: //www. nsf. gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg uide/nsf 13001/gpg_index. jsp.
What is a Program Description? • "The term "program description" includes broad, general descriptions of programs and activities in NSF Directorates/Offices and Divisions
Will there be budget limits? • No. • The Program Description does not include budget limits. • The project budget should be appropriate for the proposed effort. http: //www. nsf. gov/funding/pgm_summ. jsp? pims_i d=504976&org=DUE&from=home
What is a target date? • Proposals received on or before the target date will be considered for FY 2014 funding.
Are there any identified categories or tracks? • PD 14 -7513 does not describe categories or tracks.
Is the Project Description still limited to 15 pages? • The Project Description (including Results from Prior NSF Support, which is limited to 5 pages) may NOT exceed 15 pages. • Visual materials, including charts, graphs, maps, photographs and other pictorial presentations are included in the 15 -page limitation (GPG Chapter II. D. ii). http: //www. nsf. gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf 1 3001/gpg_2. jsp#IIC 2 dii).
Does IUSE allow proposals of fiveyear duration? • Grants are normally awarded for one to three years. The Foundation encourages PIs to request awards for durations of three to five years when such durations are necessary for completion of the proposed work and are technically and managerially advantageous (GPG Chapter Ii. C. 2. a. b) http: //www. nsf. gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf 13001/ gpg_2. jsp#IIC 2 a).
How many proposals may I submit? • The Program Description does not limit the number of submissions http: //www. nsf. gov/funding/pgm_summ. jsp? pims_id=504976&org=DUE&from=home
Should the proposal have a dissemination plan? • • • The spread of the use of effective approaches to STEM education relies on outreach to the community, including presentation at professional society meetings, workshops, publication, and other mechanisms. Investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of work under NSF grants. Grantees are expected to encourage and facilitate such sharing. Under all NSF awards, investigators are expected to promptly prepare and submit for publication, with authorship that accurately reflects the contributions of those involved, all significant findings from work conducted under NSF grants. NSF Awards and Administration Guide (AAG) Chapter VI. D. 4. a contains further information: http: //www. nsf. gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf 13001/aag_6. jsp
May I submit letters of commitment or collaboration? • ”Documentation of collaborative arrangements of significance to the proposal through letters of commitment" can be submitted (GPG Chapter II. C. 2. j. ) http: //www. nsf. gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf 13001/gpg_2. jsp#II C 2 j • ”Any substantial collaboration with individuals not included in the budget should be described and documented with a letter from each collaborator, which should be provided in the supplementary documentation section of the Fast. Lane Proposal Preparation Module" (GPG Chapter II. C. 2. d. (iv))http: //www. nsf. gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf 13001/g pg_2. jsp#IIC 2 div) • "
May I submit letters of support? • Letters of support should NOT be NOT submitted as they are not a standard component of an NSF proposal” • See the GPG Chapter II. C. 2. j. for further information: • http: //www. nsf. gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg uide/nsf 13001/gpg_index. jsp
Can I submit a proposal prepared in response to a previous DUE program? (e. g. , TUES, WIDER, or STEP) • You could submit a proposal prepared for one of those programs to the IUSE program. However, it should be noted that the IUSE program description provides fewer restrictions and, thus, an opportunity for greater creative freedom than the previous programs. • A stronger proposal is one for which the PI team has considered more directly the structure of the proposed project in meeting the goal of IUSE to “address immediate challenges and opportunities facing undergraduate STEM education, education as well as those that anticipate new structures and function of the undergraduate STEM learning and teaching enterprise. ” enterprise
Is laboratory equipment an allowed budget item in IUSE? • "Allowable items ordinarily will be limited to research equipment and apparatus not already available for the conduct of the work. Generalpurpose equipment, such as a personal computer and office furnishings, are not eligible for support unless primarily or exclusively used in the actual conduct of the proposed research. " • GPG Chapter II. C. 2. g. : http: //www. nsf. gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf 13001/ gpg_2. jsp#IIC 2 g.
Is an advisory board (internal or external) required? • PD 14 -7513 does not specify the requirement for an internal or external advisory board
Must a project be evidence-based or evidence-generating? • As per the Program Description: “Proposals should describe projects that build on available evidence and theory, and that will generate evidence and build knowledge”
Do I need to present baseline data and a theory of change? • If the rationale for your project and the basis and execution of its activities can be illuminated by such data or any other data or information, then you are encouraged to provide it
Do I need to include a Data Management Plan with my proposal? • Yes. “Proposals must include a supplementary document of no more than two pages labeled “Data Management Plan”. This supplement should describe how the proposal will conform to NSF policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results. ” • See the GPG, Chapter II. C. 2. j: http: //www. nsf. gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf 11001/gpg_2. jsp# dmp. • See the AAG Chapter VI. D. 4: http: //www. nsf. gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf 11001/aag_6. jsp# VID 4.
Do I need to include a Postdoctoral Fellow Mentoring Plan with my proposal? • Yes, if you are requesting support for postdoctoral fellows. • “Each proposal that requests funding to support postdoctoral researchers must include, as a supplementary document, a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals. ” • See the GPG, Chapter II. C. 2. j: http: //www. nsf. gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf 11001/gpg_2. j sp#dmp.
What are the Common Guidelines for Educational Research and where can I find them? • The Guidelines were developed to “establish cross-agency guidelines for improving the quality, coherence, and pace of knowledge development in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education” (NSF 13 -126) • The Common Guidelines (NSF 13 -126): http: //www. nsf. gov/publications/pub_summ. jsp? ods_key=nsf 13126 • A related FAQ (NSF 13 -127): http: //www. nsf. gov/pubs/2013/nsf 13127. jsp
Must my proposal fit into one of the six types of education research described in the Common Guidelines? • No. • However, if you choose to fit your proposal into one or more of the six types, you should identify the type(s).
Who can I contact for advice on IUSE? Biological Sciences Kathleen Bergin – [email protected] gov Katherine Denniston – [email protected] gov Gregory Goins – [email protected] gov Joan Prival - [email protected] gov Terry Woodin – [email protected] gov Chemistry Niki Bennett – [email protected] gov David Brown – [email protected] gov Dawn Rickey – [email protected] gov Herbert Richtol – [email protected] gov
Who can I contact for advice on IUSE? Computer Science Valerie Barr – [email protected] gov Jane Prey – [email protected] gov Paul Tymann – [email protected] gov Engineering Amy Chan Hilton – [email protected] gov Susan Finger – [email protected] gov Gul Kremer – [email protected] gov John Krupczak – [email protected] gov Don Millard – [email protected] gov Yvette Weatherton – [email protected] gov
Who can I contact for advice on IUSE? Geosciences Amy Chan Hilton – [email protected] gov Mathematics John Haddock – [email protected] gov Michael Jacobson – [email protected] gov Lee Zia – [email protected] gov Physics Joyce Evans – [email protected] gov Duncan Mc. Bride – [email protected] gov
Who can I contact for advice on IUSE? Social Science and Behavioral Sciences Myles Boylan – [email protected] gov Connie Della-Piana – [email protected] gov Interdisciplinary Myles Boylan – [email protected] gov Corby Hovis – [email protected] gov Herbert Richtol – [email protected] gov Terry Woodin – [email protected] gov
Who can I contact for advice on IUSE? Research/Evaluation/Common Guidelines for Educational Research Myles Boylan – [email protected] gov Connie Della-Piana – [email protected] gov Dawn Rickey – [email protected] gov
Questions? • Website: http: //www. nsf. gov/funding/pgm_summ. jsp ? pims_id=504976924 • Target Date: – February 4, 2014