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FY 2002/2003 Combined Research-Curriculum Development (CRCD)


Program Solicitation

NSF 01-139



DIRECTORATE FOR ENGINEERING
DIRECTORATE FOR COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING



LETTER OF INTENT DUE DATE(S) (optional): August 31, 2001

FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE(S): October 31, 2001

 




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SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS



GENERAL INFORMATION

Program Title: FY 2002/2003 Combined Research-Curriculum Development (CRCD)

Synopsis of Program:

The Combined Research-Curriculum Development(CRCD) Program, a joint initiative of the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), supports multidisciplinary projects that integrate new, state-of-the-art research advances in emerging technology areas into upper level undergraduate and introductory graduate engineering and computer and information science curricula. Projects address a need for innovative curricula, courses, textbooks, instructional modules and instructional laboratories by integrating the research and education interests of faculty through involvement in curriculum change. The CRCD program seeks to closely engage faculty researchers, with support of academic administration and industry, in curriculum innovation in the context that education and research are of equal value and complementary parts of an integrative engineering and science education enterprise.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

AWARD INFORMATION

PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

B. Budgetary Information

C. Deadline/Target Dates

D. FastLane Requirements

PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION

AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION












TABLE OF CONTENTS



SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
  3. ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
  4. AWARD INFORMATION
  5. PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
    1. Proposal Preparation Instructions
    2. Budgetary Information
    3. Deadline/Target Dates
    4. FastLane Requirements
  6. PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION
    1. NSF Proposal Review Process
    2. Review Protocol and Associated Customer Service Standard
  7. AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
    1. Notification of the Award
    2. Award Conditions
    3. Reporting Requirements
  8. CONTACTS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  9. OTHER PROGRAMS OF INTEREST






I. INTRODUCTION

Preeminence in science, engineering and technology has been a foundation of our Nation's strength for much of its history. The National Science Foundation (NSF) strives to enable the Nation to uphold a position of world leadership in all aspects of science, mathematics, and engineering by promoting the discovery and use of new knowledge in service to society along with excellence in education at all levels. 

NSF employs the following three core strategies that guide the entire agency in establishing priorities, identifying opportunities, and designing new programs and activities: 

  1. Develop Intellectual Capital;    
  2. Integrate Research and Education; and    
  3. Promote Partnerships.

In pursuit of its historic mission the NSF invests in people to develop a diverse, internationally competitive and globally-engaged workforce of engineers, scientists, and well-prepared citizens; in ideas to provide a deep and broad fundamental science and engineering knowledge base; and  tools to provide widely accessible, state-of-the-art science and engineering infrastructure.

The Combined Research-Curriculum Development (CRCD) Program, a joint initiative of the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), seeks proposals to implement the three core strategies in providing engineering and computer and information science education that is dynamic, relevant, and connected to the changing needs of industry and society in emerging technology areas.

II. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Objectives 

The CRCD Program supports multidisciplinary projects that:

Project Areas

Proposals submitted to the FY 2002/2003 CRCD Program Solicitation must focus on a particular topic which is of industrial and national importance in a research area supported by either the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) or the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). The topic area should be one in which the development of educational materials and curricula, based on newly created fundamental engineering and computer and information science knowledge, enhances the education and careers of future engineers and scientists. In this competition CRCD proposals are encouraged in the following areas:

This special emphasis does not preclude submission or funding of proposals in topic areas other than those listed above. For further information on current initiatives please access the ENG Directorate homepage at www.eng.nsf.gov and the CISE Directorate homepage at www.cise.nsf.gov and then click on Information Technology Research.

Project Components

There are four project components within a CRCD project that must be described in detail in the proposal.

1. Research

Key features of the research component include:

2. Curriculum Development

Key features of the curriculum development component include:

3. Participants

Projects that are multidisciplinary and include faculty from engineering , computer and information science, and other disciplines, as appropiate, are encouraged. Projects must include:

It is strongly encouraged that projects include:

4. Project Evaluation/Implementation/Dissemination

Evaluation. Projects supported under the CRCD program are inherently innovative and experimental in character. Thus, it is essential that the methodologies and results of each project be subjected to careful evaluation to ensure that:

NSF resource materials and reports are available to assist institutions in developing and implementing a sound education assessment program. NSF may work with the proposer(s) during the award process to request the cooperation of individual projects in the collection of specific data via survey or other mechanisms to enable evaluation of the combined effect of its engineering and computer and information science education programs. 

Implementation and Dissemination. To achieve the desired national impact, the project must: