NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)

12 October 2022

The National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) initiative is a core STEM education program that seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students. NSF places high value on educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate public. In pursuit of this goal, IUSE: EHR supports projects that seek to bring recent advances in STEM knowledge into undergraduate education, that adapt, improve, and incorporate evidence-based practices into STEM teaching and learning, and that lay the groundwork for institutional improvement in STEM education. In addition to innovative work at the frontier of STEM education, this program also encourages replication of research studies at different types of institutions and with different student bodies to produce deeper knowledge about the effectiveness and transferability of findings.

IUSE: EHR also seeks to support projects that have high potential for broader societal impacts, including improved diversity of students and instructors participating in STEM education, professional development for instructors to ensure adoption of new and effective pedagogical techniques that meet the changing needs of students, and projects that promote institutional partnerships for collaborative research and development. IUSE: EHR especially welcomes proposals that will pair well with the efforts of the NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES) initiative to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society. 

The IUSE: EHR program includes two tracks: Engaged Student Learning (ESL) and Institutional and Community Transformation (ICT). Applications for ICT: Capacity-Building ($150,000 for single institution or $300,000 for multiple institutions for up to two years), ICT: Level 1 (up to $300,000 for up to three years), and ESL: Level 1 funding (up to $300,000 for up to three years) are due Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

For more information, or if you’re interested in applying, contact Christopher Tassava in the Grants Office.