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Limited Submission Notice: Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program


National Science Foundation (NSF)


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 and addresses both workforce development 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.

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.

For more information, view the full IGE solicitation here:


Up to $500,000 over the duration of three (3) years.

Limited Submission Requirements and Timeline:

An eligible organization may participate in two (2) Innovations in Graduate Education proposals per competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization on a non-collaborative proposal or as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on a collaborative proposal.

Only proposals approved by the Division of Research and Economic Development may be submitted to this program. For such approval, Principal Investigators (PIs) must first submit a one- to two-page white paper to by November 14, 2022.

Your white paper should:

  • Address how your proposal meets the goals of the IGE Program, including generating the knowledge base needed to inform the development of models of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education and catalyzing rapid advances in STEM graduate education broadly as well as those responsive to the needs of particular disciplinary and interdisciplinary STEM fields.
  • Describe your new, innovative and transformative approaches for inclusive STEM graduate education.
  • Examine how your project will extend a successful approach developed in one discipline or context to other disciplines or contexts.

If selected 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:

  • November 14, 2022 – White paper due to We encourage you to cc your Dean for visibility as well.
  • November 21, 2022 – Anticipated date Internal Awardees Notified.
  • March 17, 2023 – Full proposal due to OSP.
  • March 25, 2023 – Full proposal due to NSF.

Important Notes on Requirements:

  • Leadership teams (PI/Co-PIs) including professional expertise in the learning sciences and pedagogy, as well as in the principal science domain(s), are strongly encouraged. Project teams should also have expertise in evaluation to implement robust and appropriate data collection methods.
  • IGE especially welcomes proposals that will pair well with the efforts of NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) to develop STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society ( Collaborations are encouraged between IGE proposals and existing NSF INCLUDES projects, provided the collaboration strengthens both projects.
  • Researchers at minority serving institutions are strongly encouraged to participate in this program particularly given their experience and expertise in broadening participation.
  • An individual may serve as Lead Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on only one proposal submitted to the IGE program per annual competition. Proposals that exceed the PI/Co-PI eligibility limit (beyond the first submission based on timestamp) will be returned without review regardless of the individual’s role (PI or Co-PI) in the returned proposal.

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