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Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program NSF Wide Programs

IGE Q&A Sessions Announced

To respond to solicitation-specific questions for this program and new solicitation NSF 20-595, we have scheduled several open-forum Q&A sessions with IGE program directors.  Dates and instructions for joining the sessions can be accessed here.

Name Email Phone Room
Daniel  Denecke (703) 292-8072   
Vinod  K. Lohani (703) 292-2330   
John  Weishampel (703) 292-2162   


Solicitation  20-595

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    March 25, 2022

    March 25, Annually Thereafter

        IGE Project Proposals

Proposals for the IGE Innovation Acceleration Hub will be accepted in the first year of this solicitation with an November 4, 2020 deadline only and will not be accepted in subsequent years.


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.

IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education.  IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.

The program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, 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.

As a special emphasis under this solicitation, IGE seeks proposals that will result in a single cooperative agreement for the development and implementation of an IGE Innovation Acceleration Hub. The Hub will facilitate IGE awardee communications about research activities and outcomes and provide a platform for external stakeholder engagement. Only Hub proposals submitted to the November 2020 deadline will be considered for funding.


This program provides educational opportunities for  Graduate Students. The program focuses on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or retention.


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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program