Proposal Preparation Toolkit & Webinar Archive

Are you looking for help in navigating the NSF IUSE: EHR proposal preparation process? We have you covered.

EHR Guidelines & Background

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) is a core NSF STEM education program that seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students. The program is open to application from all institutions of higher education and associated organizations. –NSF

Anyone interested in submitting an IUSE grant proposal should be familiar with these documents:

Explore currently funded projects or connect with a Program Officer:

Deadlines & Track Information

Detailed information about the Engaged Student Learning and Institutional and Community Transformation tracks can be found in the NSF IUSE: EHR Solicitation 19-601 under II. Program Description, Section B and is overviewed in this webinar (link to most recent individual webinar page).

Full Proposal Deadlines (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):

The ESL track focuses on design, development, and research projects that involve the creation, exploration, or implementation of tools, resources, and models.

Level 1: up to $300,000 for up to three years
February 2, 2021 & August 3, 2021
(1st Tuesday in February and August thereafter)

Level 2: $300,001 – $600,000 for up to three years
December 1, 2020
(1st Tuesday in December thereafter)

Level 3: $600,001 – $2 million for up to five years
February 2, 2021 & August 3
(1st Tuesday in February and August thereafter)

The Institutional and Community Transformation (ICT) track funds innovative work applying evidence-based practices that improve undergraduate STEM education and research on the organizational change processes involved in implementing evidence-based practices.

Capacity-Building: $150K (single institution) or $300K (multiple institutions) for up to two years
February 2, 2021 & August 3, 2021
(1st Tuesday in February and August thereafter)

Level 1: up to $300,000 for up to three years
February 2, 2021 & August 3, 2021
(1st Tuesday in February and August thereafter)

Level 2: $300,001 – $2 million (single institution) or $3 million (multiple institutions and research centers) for up to five years
December 1, 2020
(1st Tuesday in December thereafter)

Webinar Archive – Learn what makes a successful proposal

The NSF Division of Undergraduate Education in collaboration with AAAS offers an IUSE: EHR webinar series (solicitation NSF 19-601). This series provides introductions to the IUSE: EHR program, recommendations for designing competitive proposals, track information, background on the merit review criteria, information for new awardees, and more.

  • Overview of the Program

  • The Institutional and Community Transformation Track

  • Preservice Teacher Preparation Focus

  • Overview with a Focus on Level 1 and Building Capacity Submissions

  • Overview with a Focus on Level 1 and Building Capacity Submissions, Including New to IUSE: EHR Submissions

General Guidelines & Resources for NSF Grant Writing

NSF Grant Writing Guidelines

NSF Award Management

Other Grant Writing Resources