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Limited Submission Notice

IUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (IUSE/PFE: RED)


National Science Foundation (NSF)


The Directorates for Engineering (ENG) and Education and Human Resources (EHR) are funding projects as part of the Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) program, in alignment with the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) framework and Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) initiative.

In order to continue to catalyze revolutionary approaches, while expanding the reach of those that have proved efficacious in particular contexts, the RED program supports three tracks: RED Innovation, RED Adaptation and Implementation (RED A&I) and RED Two-Year. RED Innovation projects will develop new, revolutionary approaches and change strategies that enable the transformation of undergraduate engineering education. RED Adaptation and Implementation projects will adapt and implement evidence-based organizational change strategies and actions to the local context, which helps propagate this transformation of undergraduate engineering education. Boise State is not eligible to submit as a lead for the RED Two-Year. Projects in all tracks will include consideration of the cultural, organizational, structural, and pedagogical changes needed to transform the department to one in which students are engaged, develop their technical and professional skills, and establish identities as professional engineers or technologists. The focus of projects in all tracks should be on the department’s disciplinary courses and program. RED project initiatives are expected to be institutionalized at the end of the funding period.

For more information, view the full Revolutionizing Engineering Departments solicitation (Program Solicitation No. NSF 22-587).


Amount depends on the program track. The budget for RED Innovation proposals is between $1,000,00-$2,000,000 for a duration of up to 5 years for a single institution or between $1,500,000-$3,000,000 for up to 5 years for department-level collaborations across multiple institutions. The budget for RED A&I proposals has a maximum of $1,000,000 for a duration of up to 5 years.

Limited Submission Requirements and Timeline:

Two (2) applications per institution are permitted regardless of the program track.

Only proposals approved by the Division of Research and Economic Development may be submitted to this program. For such approval, Principal Investigators (PIs) must send an email to indicating intent to submit by June 30. Please note the limitations on PI eligibility noted in the “Important Notes on Requirements” section below.

If permitted to submit a full proposal, PIs must ensure that proposals meet all requirements stated in the RFP, in the announcement, and in the implementing laws and regulations related to this grant program.

Key Submission Dates:

  • June 30 by 1 PM – Email due to indicating intent to submit. We will conduct a follow-up white paper round if necessary.
  • July 11 – Full proposal due to OSP
  • July 18 – Full proposal due to NSF

Important Notes on Requirements:

  • For all tracks, the Principal Investigator must be a department chair/head (or equivalent) to provide leadership for the change process.
  • There also must be a RED team that includes (at a minimum) an expert in engineering education research who can provide guidance on evidence-based practices, and an organizational change expert who can advise on strategies for developing a culture of change and on strategies for creating meaningful collective ownership of the effort among faculty, students, and staff. The engineering education and organizational change experts may be at different institutions from the proposing institution. Funding for these experts at other institutions may be supported as consultants, through a subaward, or through a separately submitted collaborative proposal.


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