Learning through Evaluation,
Adaptation, and Dissemination


Program Evaluation for Proposals

We can meet with you to discuss your program or proposal ideas. Email: fathema@wisc.edu

Current proposal deadlines

Title: Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program
Sponsor: NSF 17-585
Deadline: September 27, 2019
Summary: IGE encourages 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 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, government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.
URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17585/nsf17585.htm

Title: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)
Sponsor: NSF 17-590
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Summary: IUSE: EHR seeks to improve the effectiveness of undergraduate STEM education for both majors and non-majors. 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 populace. In pursuit of this goal, IUSE: EHR supports projects that have the potential to improve student learning in STEM through development of new curricular materials and methods of instruction, and development of new assessment tools to measure student learning. In addition to innovative work at the frontier of STEM education, this program also encourages replications 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. The program features two tracks: (1) Engaged Student Learning and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation. Two tiers of projects exist within each track: (i) Exploration and Design and (ii) Development and Implementation.
URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17590/nsf17590.htm

Title: EHR Core Research (ECR)
Sponsor: NSF 19-508
Deadline: October 3, 2019
Summary: ECR invites proposals for fundamental research (basic research or use-inspired basic research) that advances knowledge in one or more of the three Research Tracks: Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and Research on STEM Workforce Development. The ECR program places emphasis on the rigorous development of theory and accumulation of knowledge to inform efforts to address challenges in STEM interest, learning, and participation, for all groups and all ages in formal and informal settings. This emphasis includes research on advancing evaluative methodologies to support research efforts funded through ECR. ECR seeks to fund fundamental research that could involve the collection of new qualitative or quantitative data, secondary analyses using extant datasets, or meta-analyses. In addition, ECR supports research to develop innovative research methods, metrics, and conceptual models to measure existing and emerging phenomena, and to test theories that inform core scientific questions about STEM education and learning. The three levels of funding should align with the maturity of the proposed work, the size and scope of the empirical effort, and the capacity of the team to conduct the proposed research: (1) Level I proposals: have a maximum award size of $500,000 and a maximum duration of 3 years; (2) Level II proposals have a maximum award size of $1,500,000 and a maximum duration of 3 years; (3) Level III proposals have a maximum award size of $2,500,000 and a maximum duration of 5 years.
URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19508/nsf19508.htm

Title: ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE)
Sponsor: NSF 19-552
Deadline: November 1, 2019 for letter of intent for January 2020 Adaptation and Partnership competition; January 15, 2020, full proposals due
Summary: NSF ADVANCE seeks to build on prior NSF ADVANCE work and other research and literature concerning gender, racial, and ethnic equity. The goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. The NSF ADVANCE program provides grants to enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and to mitigate the systemic factors that create inequities in the academic profession and workplaces. Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate.

The Adaptation track supports the work to adapt, implement, and evaluate evidence-based systemic change strategies that have been shown to promote gender equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. Adaptation projects can either: 1) support the adaptation of evidence-based systemic change strategies to promote equity for STEM faculty within an institution of higher education; or 2) facilitate national or regional STEM disciplinary transformation by adapting evidence-based systemic change strategies to non-profit, non-academic organizations.

The Partnership track supports the work to facilitate the broader adaptation of gender equity and systemic change strategies. Partnership projects are expected to result in national or regional transformation in STEM academic workplaces and the academic profession and demonstrate significant reach. Partnership projects can focus on the transformation of institutions and organizations and/or the transformation within one or more STEM disciplines.
URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19552/nsf19552.htm

Title: Seed Grants and Project Grants
Sponsor: 2020 Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment grant
Deadline: November 11, 2019
Summary: The Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment is a competitive grant program that fosters public engagement and the advancement of the Wisconsin Idea, the notion that the knowledge and solutions generated at UW-Madison will benefit the people of Wisconsin, the nation, and the world. Proposals are encouraged for new outreach and public engagement activities that partner with community and off-campus organizations to extend and apply our research, education, and practice-based knowledge to help solve problems or take advantage of opportunities. The BaldwinWisconsin Idea Endowment supports the development of:

  • New and innovative projects
  • New dimensions to existing translational outreach
  • Public engagement activities
  • Community-based research

The endowment supports Seed Project grants of $4,000 or less, and larger Project Grants up to $120,000.
URL: https://provost.wisc.edu/baldwin-wisconsin-idea-endowment/