Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 4/12/2024

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Computing in Undergraduate Education (IUSE: CUE)

The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Computing in Undergraduate Education (IUSE: CUE) program aims to better prepare a wider, more diverse range of students to collaboratively use computation across a range of contexts and challenging problems. With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation focuses on re-envisioning how to teach computing effectively to a broad group of students, in a scalable manner, with an emphasis on broadening participation of groups who are underrepresented and underserved by traditional computing courses and careers.

 

Full Proposal Deadline: May 30, 2024

Areas of Interest

Proposals will be funded across three tracks that focus on evidence-based transformative efforts to modernize computing courses and accelerate student success in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of current and emerging industries, and/or explore effective pathways to computing degrees and careers that involve two-year colleges and industry partnerships.

  • The Transformation track focuses on addressing one or more key challenges areas in transforming undergraduate computing education through innovative programs.
  • The Pathways track considers the multiple entry and exit points through two-year colleges as part of effective pathways to computing degrees and careers.
  • The Mobilizing track aims to develop a shared national vision around innovation and inclusion in undergraduate computing education.

All proposal tracks prioritize the creation of environments that are inclusive, equitable, and supportive of students – particularly from those groups typically underrepresented in computing. In addition, innovative programs often offer an opportunity to recruit, welcome, and retain a much broader group of students, thereby benefiting all computing students and, more widely, the computing disciplines. With this in mind, proposals must include specific plans to broaden participation in computing (BPC).

Eligibility Requirements

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.
  • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations located in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities.
  • For-profit organizations: U.S.-based commercial organizations, including small businesses, with strong capabilities in scientific or engineering research or education and a passion for innovation.
  • State and Local Governments: State educational offices or organizations and local school districts.
Amount Description

Estimated Number of Awards: 3 to 6

Grants may be awarded in a variety of sizes and durations. Larger budget requests have a higher expectation for the breadth of impact. The estimated program budget, number of awards, and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds and the quality of proposals received.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $7,500,000

NSF anticipates that approximately $7.5 million will be available for new awards in this program.