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Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program

Solicitation 20-595

Important Information for Proposers


  • Internal ORD Letter of Intent Deadline:  January 9, 2023
  • Agency Due Date: March 25, 2023  (March 25, Annually Thereafter)

Institutional Limit: 2

  • An eligible organization may participate in two Innovations in Graduate Education proposals per competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization on a non-collaborative proposal or as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on a collaborative proposal. Organizations participating solely as evaluators on projects are excluded from this limitation. Proposals that exceed the institutional eligibility limit (beyond the first two submissions based on timestamp) will be returned without review regardless of the institution's role (lead, non-lead, subawardee) in the returned proposal.


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 the 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.

Guidance for the preparation of Notice of Intent to the Research Office:

COVER SHEET (1 page) -please use an 11 point or higher font with one inch margins.

  • Solicitation Name and Descriptive Title
  • Project Summary:  3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that provide an overview of the objective of your proposed project, how you plan to do it, and the expected outcome.
  • Key PI/co-PIs:  5 or 6 sentences or bullet points that highlight team expertise as it relates to the project.
  • Budget:  Example:  The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $ X, with $ Y being requested from the Agency.  Agency funds will be used for: $ A for personnel; $ B for operations, and $ C for broader impacts/subcontracts etc. 
Projection Description (1 page) - please use an 11 point or higher font with one inch margins.

Problem statement: Clear and concise statement of

  • Research question(s) and how the project will address the research question(s).  How the proposed research can lead to the advancement of research/knowledge in this area, particularly how it will generate knowledge needed to inform implementation and adaptability of potentially transformative improvements to graduate education
  • Proposed activities: Describe the project to be undertaken and provide the technical specifications of the research activities and timelines that will be undertaken.
  • How does the project contribute to STEM Education, disciplinary/interdisciplinary training, and/or workforce needs?
  • What will your approach to evaluation be?
  • Abbreviated CV or biographical sketch of the principal investigator – separate page

Optional - Suggest one or two names to serve on the internal review committee. The information will assist the Research Office assemble a review committee if more than the limited number of applications are received.  Include

  • Name
  • Title
  • Contact
  • Area of expertise

Submit your Notice of Intent to the: SMARTSHEET FORM LINK


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