OSP FO# 11-077

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)/Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)

PROGRAM: Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES): Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students. TUES supports efforts to create, adapt, and disseminate new learning materials and teaching strategies to reflect advances both in STEM disciplines and in what is known about teaching and learning.

Typically projects include one or more of the following components: 1) Creating Learning Materials and Strategies; 2) Implementing New Instructional Strategies; 3) Developing Faculty Expertise; 4) Assessing and Evaluating Student Achievement; and 5) Conducting Research on Undergraduate STEM Education. Projects should build on prior knowledge, both in the STEM fields and in undergraduate education. In addition, TUES welcomes proposals describing untested, forward-looking, and unconventional activities that could have a high impact and contribute to transforming undergraduate STEM education.

The TUES program will accept proposals for the following three types of projects representing different phases of development. These types reflect the number of components included in the project; the number of academic institutions, students and faculty members involved in the project; and the maturity of the proposed educational innovation.

1)  Type 1 projects are expected to be significant enough to contribute to understanding undergraduate STEM education. Proposed evaluation efforts should be informative with respect to student learning or engagement, based on the project’s specific expected outcomes, and consistent with budget limitations and the scope of a Type 1 project.

2)  Type 2 projects will typically address more than one program component, or, if they focus on a single component, will address it at a scale that goes well beyond a single institution. Projects that involve a single institution need to be working toward systemic change across the STEM disciplines. Type 2 projects should carry the development to a state in which the evaluations of the projects have evidence to support the claim that the projects’ efforts are effective. In turn the evaluation results can inform further use, such as in distributing the project widely or seeking commercialization.

3)  Type 3 projects are intended to support large scale efforts. Projects that continue from previous work should include an explicit discussion of the results and impact produced by that work. Proposals for projects that are designed to break new ground at a large scale should discuss evidence that supports the validity of the approach, and must reflect current understanding of how students learn. Type 3 proposals should include a description of evaluation activities that are focused on impact on student learning in a broad spectrum of the population served by the project. Evaluation plans for Type 3 projects should include efforts to describe the impact of the work on the prevailing models of undergraduate STEM education and to include strategies that assist in the implementation of the project’s activities in new contexts.

In addition to the three types of projects mentioned above, NSF will support TUES Central Resource projects. These projects assume responsibility for leadership and implementation of activities that sustain a community of practice engaged in transforming undergraduate STEM education. TUES Central Resource projects will work to increase the capabilities of and communications among the STEM education community and to increase and document the impact of TUES projects.

DEADLINES:

Type 1 proposals from submitting organizations located in states or territories beginning with A through M: May 26, 2011

Type 1 proposals from submitting organizations located in states or territories beginning with N through W: May 27, 2011

For Type 2 and 3 proposals and TUES Central Resource Project proposals: January 13, 2012. However, TUES Central Resource Project proposals for small focused workshops may be submitted at any time after consulting with a program officer.

FUNDING INFORMATION: The NSF anticipates $35.8 million to fund 70-75 Type 1 awards, 20-25 Type 2 awards, 3-5 Type 3 awards and 1-3 TUES Central Resource Project awards.

Type 1 projects may request a total budget up to $200,000 for 2 to 3 years. In order to encourage collaboration between four-year colleges and universities and two-year colleges, projects involving such collaboration may request an additional $50,000 for a total budget of up to $250,000.

Type 2 projects may request a total budget up to $600,000 for 2 to 4 years.

Type 3 projects may request a total budget up to $5 million for 3 to 5 years.

TUES Central Resource Projects have a negotiable budget, depending on the scope and scale of the activity but the total budget may not exceed $3 million.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Don L. Millard, Lead Program Director
Division of Undergraduate Education
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 835 N
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-4620
Fax: (703) 292-9015
Email: dmillard@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10544/nsf10544.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu)in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 10-544 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.