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Engineering Education and Centers

Donna M. Riley
driley@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7107

Susan C. Kemnitzer
skemnitz@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5347

Jeff Forbes
jforbes@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4291

George A. Hazelrigg
ghazelri@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7068

Glenn H. Larsen
glarsen@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4607

Gregory L. Rorrer
grorrer@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8045

Yvette Weatherton
yweather@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5323

Pei Zhijian
zpei@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8611

Solicitation 14-602

Important Notice to Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.

A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.

Letter of Intent Deadline Date:  October 28, 2014

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  November 26, 2014

 

The NSF Engineering (ENG) Directorate is launching a multi-year initiative, the Professional Formation of Engineers, to create and support an innovative and inclusive engineering profession for the 21st Century.  Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) refers to the formal and informal processes and value systems by which people become engineers.  It also includes the ethical responsibility of practicing engineers to sustain and grow the profession.  The engineering profession must be responsive to national priorities, grand challenges, and dynamic workforce needs; it must be equally open and accessible to all.

In FY 2015 the PFE initiative in ENG is  launching a pilot program aligned with the IUSE framework: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (herein referred to as RED), in partnership with the Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Education and Human Resources (EHR). This funding opportunity enables engineering departments to lead the nation by successfully achieving significant sustainable changes necessary to overcome long-standing issues in their undergraduate programs and educate inclusive communities of engineering students prepared to solve 21st century challenges.  Computer science departments, whether administratively located in or outside an engineering program, are included in RED, as they share the same challenges as traditional engineering departments.  (Note:  “Engineering departments” in this solicitation will refer to engineering and computer science departments.)

Even as demographic and regional socio-economic factors affect departments in unique ways, there are certain tenets of sustainable change that are common across institutions.  For instance, the development and engagement of the entire faculty within a department are paramount to the process, and they must be incentivized.  Departmental cultural barriers to inclusion of students and faculty from different backgrounds must be identified and addressed.  Finally, coherent technical and professional threads must be developed and woven across the four years, especially (1) in the core technical courses of the middle two years, (2) in internship opportunities in the private and public sectors, and (3) in research opportunities with faculty.  These and other threads aim to ensure that students develop deep knowledge in their discipline more effectively and meaningfully, while at the same time, aim to build their capacities for 21st Century and “T-shaped” professional skills, including design, leadership, communication, understanding historical and contemporary social contexts, lifelong learning, creativity, entrepreneurship, and teamwork. It is hoped that, over time, the awardees of this program will create knowledge concerning sustainable change in engineering and computer science education that can be scaled and adopted nationally across a wide variety of academic institutions.

Note:  Because it addresses undergraduate engineering education, the Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) funding opportunity is offered in alignment with the NSF-wide undergraduate STEM education initiative, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE). More information about IUSE can be found in the Introduction of this solicitation.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

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