[I'd normally include something like this in my weekly announcements, 
but this has a deadline of February 4, so I'm sending it now. Stephen]

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Subject: 	[Scipolicy-info] Funding Opportunity: NSF Plans Ideas Labs on 
Improving Undergraduate Education - Applications due February 4
Date: 	Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:38:43 +0000
From: 	James M. Crowley <[log in to unmask]>
To: 	Stephen Nash <[log in to unmask]>
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*Funding Opportunity: NSF Announces New Ideas Labs on Undergraduate STEM 
Education -- Applications Due February 4*

/Lewis-Burke Associates LLC -- January 29/

On January 26, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released a Dear 
Colleague Letter entitled "Preparing Applications to Participate in 
Phase I Ideas Labs on Undergraduate STEM Education."  NSF will be 
hosting three ideas labs in March and April on improving science, 
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the areas 
of engineering, biology, and geosciences.

NSF Ideas Labs bring together a group of participants with expertise in 
a relevant area to work in teams over a five day, intensive workshop to 
develop proposals.  Following the workshop, select teams will be invited 
to submit proposals to a competition for funding. Ideas Labs generally 
involve 20-30 participants who are assisted by scientists with relevant 
expertise and a team of facilitators.  Ideas Labs provide an opportunity 
to form new multidisciplinary collaborations and gain real-time 
iterative feedback to improve proposal ideas.

Each of the disciplines involved in the Ideas Labs have outlined their 
priority workforce development needs in the Dear Colleague Letter.  The 
biology Ideas Lab will focus on giving students mathematical and 
computational skills, the engineering Ideas Lab will focus on social 
equality in engineering education, and the geosciences Ideas Lab will 
focus on broader access to undergraduate courses for diverse populations.

The Ideas Labs are part of the new NSF program Improving Undergraduate 
STEM Education (IUSE), which aims to create a broader program 
description for unsolicited proposals related to STEM education to 
replace NSF's individual undergraduate education programs, including 
Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education (TUES), STEM Talent Expansion 
Program (STEP), and Widening Implementation and Demonstration of 
Evidence-Based Reforms (WIDER).

To participate in the Ideas Labs, interested faculty should submit a 
two-page application by *February 4*.  Regular proposals to IUSE are 
also suggested to be submitted by February 4.


*Sources and Additional Background:*

·More information on the Ideas Labs and guidelines for the application 
are in the Dear Colleague Letter at

·More general information on IUSE, including program contacts, program 
description, and frequently asked questions can be found at

*Miriam Quintal*

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