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Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Professional Formation of Engineers - Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (IUSE/PFE:RED)


Sponsored by National Science Foundation

Contact:Edward Berger, Program Officer
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 703.292.7708

Heather Watson, Program Officer
Phone: 703.292.7091
Description:The purpose of the Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) initiative is to fundamentally change engineering education and programs, emphasizing undergraduate disciplinary courses. Expectations are to incorporate cultural, organizational, pedagogical, and structural changes that can transform engineering departments, develop students’ technical and professional skills, and establish student identities as professional engineers.

Proposals are accepted in two tracks:
• RED Adaptation and Implementation focuses on adapting and implementing student-focused and evidence-based organizational change strategies and actions in local contexts, focusing on the professional formation of engineers through the four-year education experience.
• RED Innovation develops new, revolutionary, student-focused approaches and change strategies to enable the transformation of undergraduate engineering education, focusing on generating new knowledge on best practices related to the technical core of the engineering curriculum, as well as faculty development and supports.

Eligible applicants are US accredited institutions of higher education with baccalaureate engineering programs. Partnerships are encouraged with two-year colleges, including community colleges. Project teams must include a principal investigator at the level of department chair, head, or equivalent, as well as experts in engineering education research and organizational change. Cost sharing and matching funds are not required. Applications must be submitted online.
Award(s):Grants up to $1 million are awarded for RED Adaptation and Innovation projects. Awards range from $1 million to $2 million for RED Innovation projects.
Deadline(s):Applications are due February 7, 2020.
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