NSF Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary 

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.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST June 25, 2019

Sponsor Application Deadline: 5:00pm MST September 27, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (2-3 pages): Please include the following: the graduate education model or approaches that will be piloted, tested, adopted, or expanded; the disciplinary field(s) involved; the knowledge that will be generated to inform implementation and adaptability of transformative approaches to STEM graduate education; how the project is responsive to a need and/or opportunity. Please address intellectual merit and broader impacts of the proposed project as well as a description of performance assessment/project evaluation.
  • PI CV
  • Budget Overview (up to 1 page): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit: https://colorado.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/6315


An individual may serve as Lead Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on only one proposal submitted to the IGE program per annual competition. Proposals that exceed the PI/Co-PI eligibility limit (beyond the first submission based on timestamp) will be returned without review regardless of the individual's role (PI or co-PI) in the returned proposal.

Limited Submission Guidelines

An eligible organization may participate in two IGE proposals per competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization on a non-collaborative proposals or as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on a collaborative proposal.

Award Information

Award Amount: $300,000 to $500,000

Award Duration: Up to 3 years