Opportunity Detail (closed)

Basic Information
Sponsor Name: NSF
Program Name: 2018 National Science Foundation Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program
Acronym: 2018 NSF IGE
Number: NSF 17-585
Program URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17585/nsf17585.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
Limit: 2
Limit Details:

An eligible organization may participate in two Innovations in Graduate Education proposals per competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization on a non-collaborative proposal or as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on a collaborative proposal. Organizations participating solely as evaluators on projects are excluded from this limitation. Proposals that exceed the institutional eligibility limit (beyond the first two submissions based on timestamp) will be returned without review regardless of the institution's role (lead, non-lead, subawardee) in the returned proposal.


An individual may serve as Lead Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on only one proposal submitted to the IGE program per annual competition. Proposals that exceed the PI/Co-PI eligibility limit (beyond the first submission based on timestamp) will be returned without review regardless of the individual's role (PI or co-PI) in the returned proposal.


Standard Format:

PIs may submit a total of six (6) pages as follows: a one (1) page cover page listing a descriptive title for the proposal and all confirmed and tentative collaborators. The title must indicate that the proposal is for the Innovations in Graduate Education Track. The cover page should also list any priority research areas to be addressed. An additional five (5) pages are allotted for the narrative, including the following:

  1. Innovation(s) in graduate education
  2. Broader impacts
  3. Performance assessment/evaluation

Citations and biosketches for key personnel may be included and do not count against the page limits.

PIs may be offered the opportunity to discuss their proposals with the review committee and/or to answer questions.



The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.

The program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.

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Related Dates
VPR Announcement: May 25, 2017
Internal Due Date: Aug 17, 2017
Committee Review Date/Time: Aug 23, 2017
Announcement of Selection(s): Sep 01, 2017
Full Proposal Due to Sponsor: Oct 25, 2017