University of Southern California


NSF-17-585: Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program

Slots:                                                     2                             

Internal Deadline:                           July 9, 2018

LOI:                                                        N/A                       

External Deadline:                          September 27, 2018, 5pm PDT

Award Information:                        Type:  Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 6 to 10

Anticipated Amount: $4,000,000

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:


Link to Award:                        

Who May Serve as PI:                    Identified in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide(PAPPG), Chapter I.E.


IGE projects will generate potentially transformative models for improvements in graduate education that prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers for the full range of possible STEM career paths to advance the nation’s STEM enterprise. IGE is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and validating innovative approaches to graduate education and to generating the knowledge required for the customization and implementation of the most successful, transformative ones. The primary target population for IGE projects must be master’s and/or doctoral STEM students in a research-based degree program that requires a thesis or dissertation.

The IGE program will not focus on comprehensive training (see NSF Research Traineeship Solicitation NSF 16-503) or foundational research examining how graduate students learn (see EHR Core Research Solicitation NSF 15-509), but rather will promote targeted test-bed efforts that are informed by evidence, including findings from research on learning.

Activities proposed as part of the research project may include, but are not limited to, student professional skill development, career preparation and vocational counseling, faculty training, inventive partnerships, international experiences, internships, outreach, virtual networks, and mentoring. In addition, projects should utilize evidence-based strategies to broaden participation of students from diverse backgrounds.


Goals of the IGE Program are to:


The IGE Program calls for proposals to:


Leadership teams (PI/Co-PIs) comprising professional expertise in the learning sciences and pedagogy, as well as in the principal science domain(s), are strongly encouraged.


Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.