The National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program is a foundation-wide effort to accelerate improvements in the quality and effectiveness of undergraduate education in all STEM fields. Undergraduate STEM education is critical for preparing both a diverse STEM workforce and a STEM-literate public that is ready to support and benefit from the progress of science. In pursuit of improving the quality and effectiveness of STEM education, IUSE 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.
The IUSE program includes two tracks, Engaged Student Learning (ESL) and Institutional and Community Transformation (ICT), each of which has three levels of funding. Applications for ESL: Level 1 funding (up to $300,000 for up to three years) and ICT: Capacity-Building ($150,000 for single institution or $300,000 for multiple institutions for up to two years) are due February 2, 2021.
For more information, or if you’re interested in applying, contact Christopher Tassava in the Grants Office.