Call for Pre-Proposals for the National Science Foundation Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program

NSF Solicition #17-585

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued an invitation for proposals for the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program. Each institution is limited to two proposal submissions. Details of the program can be found on the NSF website


  • Notify Graduate School of intention to submit a pre-proposal: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
  • Submit pre-proposal to Graduate School: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (see instructions, below)
    • Principal investigators of the selected pre-proposals will be notified no later than August 22, 2018
  • Selected proposals are due to the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration by 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Selected proposals are due to NSF on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Program Summary

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.

More information is available on the NSF website.

Instructions for Innovations in Graduate Education Pre-Proposal:

  • Notify Graduate School of intention to submit a pre-proposalWednesday, August 1, 2018
  • Submit pre-proposal to Graduate School electronically via by midnight, August 15, 2018; paper copies will not be accepted
  • No more than three pages; pre-proposals exceeding the page limit will not be reviewed.
  • Page margins not less than 0.7 inch and font size must be at least 11.
  • Pre-proposals must include the following information and description:
    • A short informative title
    • Brief description of the overarching goals of the proposed IGE with a focus on piloting and testing potentially transformative improvements in graduate education. Specify the approaches or models to be piloted and tested, including the targeted graduate student population and the justification for their inclusion.
    • If it is a collaborative proposal, describe the role of the non-lead institution(s) and the participating personnel roles, and the mechanisms for project communication. A collaborative proposal should be submitted only if the partner institutions(s) has (have) a significant role and substantially enhance the education model or components tested.
    • Include a discussion of the broader impacts of the education model and activities.
    • Assessment of the project is a high priority for this program. Include plans to evaluate the impact of the approach tested to provide transformative improvements in graduate education.
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