IUSE/Professional Formation of Engineers: Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (353413)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Next deadline: Sep 10, 2024

Later deadlines: Apr 8, 2025, Sep 9, 2025, Apr 14, 2026, Sep 8, 2026, Apr 13, 2027, Sep 14, 2027, Apr 11, 2028, Sep 12, 2028

Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $2,000,000

Fields of work: STEM/STEAM Education Engineering

Applicant type: College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Preferred: United States Other eligible locations: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States


NOTE: The following deadlines relate to specific tracks:

  • Sep 10, 2024 deadline is for Planning (Track 1), Adaptation & Implementation (Track 2), Innovation (Track 3), and Innovation Partnerships (Track 4) proposals; Planning (Track 1) proposals.
  • April 8, 2025 is for Planning (Track 1) proposals. ( Second Tuesday in April, Annually Thereafter)
  • September 9, 2025 is for Planning (Track 1), Adaptation & Implementation (Track 2), Innovation (Track 3), and Innovation Partnerships (Track 4) proposals ( Second Tuesday in September, Annually Thereafter)

Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (hereinafter referred to as RED) is designed to build upon previous efforts in engineering education research. Specifically, previous and ongoing evaluations of the NSF Engineering Education and Centers Division program and its predecessors, as well as those related programs in the Directorate for STEM Education, have shown that prior investments have significantly improved the first year of engineering students’ experiences, incorporating engineering material, active learning approaches, design instruction, and a broad introduction to professional skills and a sense of professional practice – giving students an idea of what it means to become an engineer. Similarly, the senior year has seen notable change through capstone design experiences, which ask students to synthesize the technical knowledge, skills, and abilities they have gained with professional capacities, using reflective judgment to make decisions and communicate these effectively. However, this ideal of the senior year has not yet been fully realized, because many of the competencies required in capstone design, or required of professional engineers, are only partially introduced in the first year and not carried forward with significant emphasis through the sophomore and junior years.

The Directorates for Engineering (ENG) and STEM Education (EDU) are funding projects as part of the RED program, in alignment with the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) framework and Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE) initiative. These projects are designing revolutionary new approaches to engineering education, ranging from changing the canon of engineering to fundamentally altering the way courses are structured to creating new departmental structures and educational collaborations with industry. A common thread across these projects is a focus on organizational and cultural change within the departments, involving students, faculty, staff, and industry in rethinking what it means to provide an engineering program. In order to continue to catalyze revolutionary approaches, while expanding the reach of those that have proved efficacious in particular contexts, the RED program supports four tracks:

  • RED Planning (Track 1),
  • RED Adaptation and Implementation (Track 2),
  • RED Innovation (Track 3), and
  • RED Innovation Partnerships (Track 4). 

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