Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program NSF Wide Programs

Solicitation Under Revision

The IGE Solicitation (NSF 17-585) is under revision and will be available late summer with a deadline in the fall. Thanks for your patience!

From the IGE Team

IGE Q&A Sessions Announced

To respond to solicitation-specific questions for this program, 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  17-585

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


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.


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