To: Chairs, Departments in the Biological, Social and Physical Sciences
From: Heather Daniels, Graduate School
Date: April 24, 2013
Subject: NSF Widening Implementation & Demonstration of Evidence-Based Reforms (WIDER)
Nominations are due at the Graduate School on Tuesday, May 14; Deadline for internal competition is TBD
In an effort to facilitate the development of research proposals for this call, the Graduate School will be offering a facilitation meeting on Friday, May 10 at 11:00 am in 1360 Genetics/Biotechnology Center. The goal of this meeting is to enable PIs and others interested in this request to meet each other and begin to form synergistic teams for developing a response to the call for applications. The meeting will also provide potential applicants with information regarding keys to the success of interdisciplinary applications and information regarding an IT tool that can help a team of investigators from across campus coordinate their grant planning efforts. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but are interested in participating in an Institutional Implementation or Planning grant, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The chief goal of WIDER is to transform institutions of higher education into supportive environments for STEM faculty members to substantially increase their use of evidence-based teaching and learning practices. The first recommendation in the Report of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), "Engage to Excel," is to increase widespread implementation of evidence-based practices in order to increase persistence in STEM and contribute to the goal of producing 1 million additional STEM graduates.
Through this process, WIDER seeks to substantially increase the scale of application of highly effective methods of STEM teaching and learning in institutions of higher education, by employing instructional materials and methods that have a convincing evidentiary basis of effectiveness. In particular WIDER seeks this transformation for high enrollment, lower division courses required for many STEM majors and taken by many other students to fulfill general education distribution requirements.
Applicants may consider applying to WIDER at different levels of scale:
Planning grants may be requested by single institutions or groups of collaborating institutions in order to develop a strategic approach for leveraging plans to increase institutional commitment to evidence-based teaching and learning. Awards will be up to $250,000 over two years.
Institutional Implementation proposals may be requested by single institutions to assist in carrying out plans for increasing the level of evidence-based teaching and learning. Institutional Implementation proposals would be expected to cover multiple STEM departments or disciplines. Awards will be up to $2 million over three years.
Community Implementation proposals may be submitted by consortia of multiple institutions of higher education, disciplinary societies, and college and university associations. Community Implementation proposals might focus on a single discipline in order to reach a tipping point of commitment to use of evidence-based teaching and learning methods. Awards will be up to $750,000 over three years.
Research grants may be requested to develop greater understanding of how to change the culture of higher education by placing very high value on undergraduate student achievement in STEM within single institutions or more broadly. Awards will be up to $500,000 over 4 years.
The number of proposals UW–Madison may submit is limited to one planning grant OR one Institutional Implementation grant. There is no limit on Research grants or Community Implementation proposals.
This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions, etc.
Notice of intent: Send an email message to email@example.com with "NSF WIDER" by Tuesday, May 14, 2013 to inform us of your intention to submit a proposal. Please include the following in your email message:
PIs will be notified if an internal competition is necessary.
The NSF-WIDER program solicitation will provide detailed proposal preparation and submission instructions. For the project selected, a complete proposal must be submitted using FastLane or Grants.gov. Information about campus procedures for FastLane or Grants.gov is posted on the RSP Web site. Full proposals are due by Monday, July 3, 2013 at 5 pm CDT.
If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Heather Daniels (608) 263-7274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org