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Grants to USA IHEs for Programs to Prepare Engineering Students for Professional Careers

CFDA or PIN Number:

CFDA Number:

47.041, 47.076

Funding or PIN Number:

NSF 22-587

ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

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Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE)/Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (IUSE/PFE: RED)

National Science Foundation (NSF)


Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #162927

Grant Description

Grants to USA IHEs for innovative programs that integrate professional skills, improve departmental culture, and generally strengthen the skills and knowledge of undergraduate engineering students. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to better prepare these students to successfully join the workforce.

Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (hereinafter referred to as RED) is designed to build upon previous efforts in engineering education research. Specifically, previous and ongoing evaluations of the NSF Engineering Education and Centers Division program and its predecessors, as well as those related programs in the Directorate of Education and Human Resources, have shown that prior investments have significantly improved the first year of engineering students’ experiences, incorporating engineering material, active learning approaches, design instruction, and a broad introduction to professional skills and a sense of professional practice – giving students an idea of what it means to become an engineer. Similarly, the senior year has seen notable change through capstone design experiences, which ask students to synthesize the technical knowledge, skills, and abilities they have gained with professional capacities, using reflective judgment to make decisions and communicate these effectively. However, this ideal of the senior year has not yet been fully realized, because many of the competencies required in capstone design, or required of professional engineers, are only partially introduced in the first year and not carried forward with significant emphasis through the sophomore and junior years.

The Directorates for Engineering (ENG) and Education and Human Resources (EHR) are funding projects as part of the RED program, in alignment with the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) framework and Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) initiative. These projects are designing revolutionary new approaches to engineering education, ranging from changing the canon of engineering to fundamentally altering the way courses are structured to creating new departmental structures and educational collaborations with industry. A common thread across these projects is a focus on organizational and cultural change within the departments, involving students, faculty, staff, and industry in rethinking what it means to provide an engineering program.

In order to continue to catalyze revolutionary approaches, while expanding the reach of those that have proved efficacious in particular contexts, the RED program supports three tracks: RED Innovation, RED Adaptation and Implementation (RED A&I) and RED Two-Year.

  • RED Innovation projects will develop new, revolutionary approaches and change strategies that enable the transformation of undergraduate engineering education.
  • RED Adaptation and Implementation projects will adapt and implement evidence-based organizational change strategies and actions to the local context, which helps propagate this transformation of undergraduate engineering education.
  • RED Two-Year projects will develop radically new approaches among multiple two-year institutions to expand the path to engineering and engineering technology education.

Projects in all tracks will include consideration of the cultural, organizational, structural, and pedagogical changes needed to transform the department to one in which students are engaged, develop their technical and professional skills, and establish identities as professional engineers or technologists. The focus of projects in all tracks should be on the department’s disciplinary courses and program. RED project initiatives are expected to be institutionalized at the end of the funding period.

More information about the tracks can be found starting at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2022/nsf22587/nsf22587.pdf#page=4.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.

Who May Serve as PI:
For all tracks, the Principal Investigator must be a department chair/head (or equivalent) to provide leadership for the change process. For the RED Two-Year Track, the PI must be at a two-year institution. Additionally, there must be a RED team that includes (at a minimum) an expert in engineering education research who can provide guidance on evidence-based practices, and an organizational change expert who can advise on strategies for developing a culture of change and on strategies for creating meaningful collective ownership of the effort among faculty, students, and staff. The engineering education and organizational change experts may be at different institutions from the proposing institution. Funding for these experts at other institutions may be supported as consultants, through a subaward, or through a separately submitted collaborative proposal.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 2

An eligible institution may submit a maximum of two proposals (e.g. 2 RED Innovation Track or 1 RED A&I Track and 1 RED Two-year Track).

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or co-PI: 1: An individual may be the PI or Co-PI for only one proposal.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
July 18 - Deadline date

SAM is the primary registrant database for the U.S. Government. SAM collects, validates, stores, and disseminates data in support of agency acquisition missions, including Federal agency contract and assistance awards. This SAM registration must be maintained with current information at all times during which an organization has an active award or a proposal under consideration by NSF. Failure to comply with SAM registration requirement prior to proposal submission may impact the processing of the proposal. To register in SAM, go to: https://www.sam.gov. Proposers are advised that entity registration will become active after three to five days when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) validates the Tax ID Number.

Full Proposals:
- Full Proposals submitted via Research.gov: NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) guidelines apply. The complete text of the PAPPG is available electronically on the NSF website at: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=pappg.
- Full Proposals submitted via Grants.gov: NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov guidelines apply (Note: The NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website at: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide).

View Recording of May 11 webinar:
https://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=305016&org=NSF

HTML of RPF:
https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2022/nsf22587/nsf22587.htm

NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG):
https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg22_1/index.jsp

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339556

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$8,000,000

Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: 6 to 9; 2-3 RED Innovation awards are anticipated; the budget for RED Innovation proposals is between $1,000,00-$2,000,000 for a duration of up to 5 years for a single institution or between $1,500,000-$3,000,000 for up to 5 years for department-level collaborations across multiple institutions. 2 – 3 RED A&I awards are anticipated; the budget for RED A&I proposals has a maximum of $1,000,000 for a duration of up to 5 years. 2-3 RED Two-Year awards are anticipated; the budget for RED Two-Year proposals is between $1,000,000-$2,000,000 for a duration of up to 5 years for collaborations across multiple two-year institutions.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $2,000,000
Award Floor: $1,000,000

Term of Contract:

The project duration is up to 5 years.

Contact Information:

Points of contact.
- Jumoke Ladeji-Osias, telephone: (703) 292-7708, email: jladejio@nsf.gov
- John Jackman, telephone: (703) 292-4816, email: jjackman@nsf.gov

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