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Grants to USA IHEs and Associated
Organizations to Enhance STEM Education

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

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

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01/19/22 5:00 PM submitter's local time - For IUSE Level 1 and Capacity-Building Proposals


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Grants to USA institutes of higher education and associated organizations to improve and enhance STEM education. The purpose of this program is to support research projects about STEM learning and teaching that will enhance STEM education for undergraduate students. The IUSE: EHR program features two tracks: (1) Engaged Student Learning and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation.

The National Science Foundation's (NSF's) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Initiative is a Foundation-wide effort to accelerate improvements in the quality and effectiveness of undergraduate education in all STEM fields. By improving the quality and effectiveness of undergraduate education in all STEM fields, IUSE investments enable NSF to lead national progress toward a diverse and innovative workforce and a STEM-literate public.

The IUSE: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) program seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for all undergraduates. Through its investments, the program seeks to support development, and implementation, and research efforts that (1) bring recent advances in STEM disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge into undergraduate education, (2) adapt, improve, and incorporate evidence-based practices into STEM teaching and learning, and (3) lay the groundwork for institutional improvement. Investments made by the IUSE: EHR program seek to contribute to the educational and capacity-building goals of the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources and to the strategic goals and objectives of the NSF.

The IUSE: EHR program supports projects designed to contribute to a future in which all undergraduate students are fully engaged in their STEM learning. The IUSE: EHR program promotes (1) Engaged Student Learning: the development, testing, and use of teaching practices and curricular innovations that will engage students and improve learning, persistence, and retention in STEM, and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation: the transformation of colleges and universities to implement and sustain highly effective STEM teaching and learning.

All projects supported by IUSE: EHR must:

  • Demonstrate a strong rationale for project objectives or incorporate and build on educational practices that are demonstrably effective
  • Contribute to the development of exemplary undergraduate STEM education
  • Add to the body of knowledge about what works in undergraduate STEM education and the conditions that lead to improved STEM teaching and learning
  • Measure project progress and achievement of project goals

To accomplish these goals, IUSE: EHR projects may focus their activities at any level, including the student, faculty, institutional or community levels. Development, propagation, adaptation, and transferability of evidence-based practices are also important considerations. Projects should consider designing materials and practices for use in a wide variety of institutions or institutional types. Topics of interest to the IUSE: EHR program include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Development and study of the efficacy of innovative teaching and learning practices and resources
  • Development, testing, and dissemination of instruments for measuring student outcomes
  • Efforts to increase the diversity of the STEM workforce including K-12 teachers and/or the faculty and institutions engaged in work to improve undergraduate STEM education
  • Faculty professional development to increase the use of evidence-based teaching practices
  • Implementation of and research on sustained change processes involved in adopting evidence-based and effective instruction within or across departments, disciplines, or institutions
  • Efforts to achieve STEM educational goals through innovative partnerships, for example with community organizations, local, regional, or national industries, centers for teaching and learning, professional societies, or libraries,
  • Propagating and sustaining transformative and effective STEM teaching and learning through institutional practices or involvement of professional societies

IUSE: EHR also welcomes proposals to conduct workshops and conferences aimed at improving undergraduate STEM education, developing implementation practices, and/or assembling research partnerships and agendas.

All IUSE: EHR projects are expected to increase knowledge about effective STEM education. This may be achieved through posing one or more research questions that will be answered through the course of the study or through evaluation of project activities, impacts, or outcomes. Projects should include a well-designed plan to gather data and should specify methods of analysis that will be employed to answer the questions posed and mechanisms to evaluate success of the project. Projects should also specify strategies for generating and using formative and summative assessment of project processes, outputs, and/or outcomes.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178034

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Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: 105; The program estimates making awards for 60 Level 1 projects, 35 Level 2 and 3 projects, and 10 Capacity-Building projects

Estimated Size of Grant:

Track: Engaged Student Learning
- Level 1: up to $300,000
- Level 2: $300,001 - $600,000
- Level 3: $600,001 - $2 million

Track: Institutional and Community Transformation
- Capacity-Building: $150K (single institution) or $300K (multiple institutions)
- Level 1: up to $300,000
- Level 2: $300,001 - $2 million (single institution) or $3 million (multiple institutions and research centers)

Term of Contract:

Track: Engaged Student Learning
- Level 1: up to three years
- Level 2: up to three years
- Level 3: up to five years

Track: Institutional and Community Transformation
- Capacity-Building: up to two years
- Level 1: up to three years
- Level 2: up to five years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The program is open to application from all institutions of higher education and associated organizations.

Unaffiliated individuals are not eligible to submit proposals in response to this solicitation.

Pre-Application Information:

Due Dates:
Full Proposal Deadline Date
- January 19, 2022
Third Wednesday in January, Annually Thereafter
For IUSE Level 1 and Capacity-Building Proposals
- July 20, 2022
Third Wednesday in July, Annually Thereafter
For IUSE Level 1, 2, 3, and Capacity-Building Proposals

Only FastLane or may be used to prepare and submit proposals for the July 21, 2021, deadline for the IUSE: EHR program (solicitation NSF 21-579). may not be used, and solicitation NSF 21-579 is not listed there. PIs who log in to should choose the "Prepare Proposals in FastLane" option.
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:
- Keith A. Sverdrup, telephone: (703) 292-4671, email:
- John Jackman, telephone: (703) 292-4816, email:
- Jill K. Nelson, telephone: (703) 292-4359, email:

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For questions relating to contact: Contact Center: If the Authorized Organizational Representatives (AOR) has not received a confirmation message from within 48 hours of submission of application, please contact via telephone: 1-800-518-4726; e-mail:

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For specific disciplinary questions, proposers are encouraged to contact a Program Officer in their discipline. See the URL for Full Text below or for details.

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NSF 21-579

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