DIRECTORATE FOR COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
DIVISION OF EXPERIMENTAL AND INTEGRATIVE ACTIVITIES
FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE(S): November 4, 2002, November 1, 2004
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Program Title: CISE EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION (EI)
Synopsis of Program: The objective of this program is to stimulate innovative educational activities at the undergraduate level in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) disciplines by encouraging the transfer of research results into the undergraduate curriculum. The program supports the design, development, testing and dissemination of innovative approaches for increasing the effectiveness of the undergraduate learning experience by integrating research results into undergraduate courses and curricula. The research may be ongoing or completed and may be drawn from any research project in the computer and information sciences and engineering fields.
Cognizant Program Officer(s):
Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):
A. Proposal Preparation Instructions
B. Budgetary Information
C. Deadline/Target Dates
D. FastLane Requirements
SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
The objective of the CISE Educational Innovation (EI) program is to stimulate innovative educational activities at the undergraduate level in CISE disciplines by encouraging the transfer of research results into the undergraduate curriculum.
The EI program will support the design, development, testing and dissemination of innovative approaches for increasing the effectiveness of the undergraduate learning experience in CISE disciplines by integrating research results into undergraduate courses and curricula. The research, whether on-going or completed, may be drawn from any research project in the computer and information sciences and engineering fields. (See http://www.cise.nsf.gov for programs supported by CISE) As a minimum, the set of individuals involved in a project should be chosen to ensure an appropriate level of expertise in teaching, curriculum development, and in the relevant research areas. Addition of individuals with expertise in learning sciences, education, information technologies, cognitive sciences and/or related areas, if appropriate to the project, is encouraged. It is not required that the principal investigator or other active participants in the project be the originators of the research results, which are to be transferred to the undergraduate curriculum. However, the proposal should describe the group's expertise in the research area(s). Projects supported by the EI program are expected to act as national models of excellence by being prototypes of educational experiences for use by a broader segment of the scientific and engineering community. Consequently, successful dissemination of the project results is essential. The proposal should contain a detailed set of activities for communicating the results of the project to the CISE community. Collaboration with other institutions, particularly as part of the dissemination activities, is highly encouraged. The formality, level, and nature of this collaboration will be the decision of the institutions concerned; however the effectiveness of the dissemination activities will be part of the evaluation criteria. An institution submitting a proposal should also include a budget amount for at least one trip by the principal investigator to a major educational conference for presentation of results of the project.
The EI program will support the design, development, testing and dissemination of innovative approaches for increasing the effectiveness of the undergraduate learning experience in CISE disciplines by integrating research results into undergraduate courses and curricula. The research, whether on-going or completed, may be drawn from any research project in the computer and information sciences and engineering fields. (See http://www.cise.nsf.gov for programs supported by CISE)
As a minimum, the set of individuals involved in a project should be chosen to ensure an appropriate level of expertise in teaching, curriculum development, and in the relevant research areas. Addition of individuals with expertise in learning sciences, education, information technologies, cognitive sciences and/or related areas, if appropriate to the project, is encouraged. It is not required that the principal investigator or other active participants in the project be the originators of the research results, which are to be transferred to the undergraduate curriculum. However, the proposal should describe the group's expertise in the research area(s).
Projects supported by the EI program are expected to act as national models of excellence by being prototypes of educational experiences for use by a broader segment of the scientific and engineering community. Consequently, successful dissemination of the project results is essential. The proposal should contain a detailed set of activities for communicating the results of the project to the CISE community. Collaboration with other institutions, particularly as part of the dissemination activities, is highly encouraged. The formality, level, and nature of this collaboration will be the decision of the institutions concerned; however the effectiveness of the dissemination activities will be part of the evaluation criteria. An institution submitting a proposal should also include a budget amount for at least one trip by the principal investigator to a major educational conference for presentation of results of the project.
Proposals will be accepted from any U.S. college or university that currently offers baccalaureate degree programs in any discipline supported by the CISE Directorate.
NSF anticipates $2.3 million in FY2003 pending the availability of funds. Estimated number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the quality of the proposals submitted and the availability of funds.
EI awards will have a duration of three years and are expected to range from $300,000 to $600,000 over the three-year period. At the current level of funding for this program, we expect 4-6 proposals to be selected for support as standard grants.
A. Proposal Preparation InstructionsFull Proposal:
Proposals submitted in response to this program announcement/solicitation should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the general guidelines contained in the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). The complete text of the GPG is available electronically on the NSF Web Site at: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?gpg. Paper copies of the GPG may be obtained from the NSF Publications Clearinghouse, telephone (301) 947-2722 or by e-mail from email@example.com.
The Program Description should include:
1. A description of the educational activities to be undertaken indicating the expected results and the expected national impact of the proposed activities.
2. A detailed plan for transferring project results to other institutions and the CISE community.
3. A description of activities designed to increase participation in the project activities of underrepresented groups,where appropriate.
4. A description of the duties and responsibilities of the principal investigator and all other associated personnel.
5. A description of the project management plan and the evaluation plan to assess the impact of the proposed educational programs.
6. A description of the equipment, software, and other facilities and materials currently available to support the academic programs of the department.
7. A description of the equipment, software, and other items requested for each year with itemized and total cost, and a rationale for its selection. For equipment, include a representative manufacturer and model number, if possible. Describe maintenance costs per year and method of computation.
Proposers are reminded to identify the program solicitation number (NSF-02-082) in the program announcement/solicitation block on the proposal Cover Sheet. Compliance with this requirement is critical to determining the relevant proposal processing guidelines. Failure to submit this information may delay processing.
B. Budgetary InformationCost sharing at a level of 25 percent of the requested total amount of NSF funds is required for all proposals submitted in response to this solicitation. The proposed cost sharing must be shown on Line M on the proposal budget. Documentation of the availability of cost sharing must be included in the proposal. Only items which would be allowable under the applicable cost principles, if charged to the project, may be included in the awardee’s contribution to cost sharing. Contributions may be made from any non-Federal source, including non-Federal grants or contracts, and may be cash or in kind (see OMB Circular A-110, Section 23). It should be noted that contributions counted as cost sharing toward projects of another Federal agency may not be counted towards meeting the specific cost sharing requirements of the NSF award. All cost sharing amounts are subject to audit. Failure to provide the level of cost sharing reflected in the approved award budget may result in termination of the NSF award, disallowance of award costs and/or refund of award funds to NSF.
Other Budgetary Limitations:
The amount of cost sharing must be shown in the proposal in enough detail to allow NSF to determine its impact on the proposed project. Documentation of availability of cost sharing must be included in the proposal.
Eligible Project Costs:
The EI program provides support for a variety of educational activities including but not limited to the development of courses, instructional technologies, software, and other educational materials. The budget request may include a modest amount of equipment/instrumentation for faculty, staff, or students to work on the experimentation, design or development of project materials. However, the program will not directly supply funds for the purchase of equipment/instrumentation to equip laboratories intended for general student use.
C. Deadline/Target Dates
Proposals must be submitted by the following date(s):Full Proposals by 5:00 PM local time: November 4, 2002, November 1, 2004
D. FastLane Requirements
Proposers are required to prepare and submit all proposals for this Program Solicitation through the FastLane system. Detailed instructions for proposal preparation and submission via FastLane are available at: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/a1/newstan.htm. For FastLane user support, call the FastLane Help Desk at 1-800-673-6188 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The FastLane Help Desk answers general technical questions related to the use of the FastLane system. Specific questions related to this Program Solicitation should be referred to the NSF program staff contact(s) listed in Section VIII of this announcement/solicitation.
Submission of Electronically Signed Cover Sheets. The Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) must electronically sign the proposal Cover Sheet to submit the required proposal certifications (see Chapter II, Section C of the Grant Proposal Guide for a listing of the certifications). The AOR must provide the required electronic certifications within five working days following the electronic submission of the proposal. Proposers are no longer required to provide a paper copy of the signed Proposal Cover Sheet to NSF. Further instructions regarding this process are available on the FastLane website at: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov.
A. NSF Proposal Review Process
Reviews of proposals submitted to NSF are solicited from peers with expertise in the substantive area of the proposed research or education project. These reviewers are selected by Program Officers charged with the oversight of the review process. NSF invites the proposer to suggest, at the time of submission, the names of appropriate or inappropriate reviewers. Care is taken to ensure that reviewers have no conflicts with the proposer. Special efforts are made to recruit reviewers from non-academic institutions, minority-serving institutions, or adjacent disciplines to that principally addressed in the proposal.
The two merit review criteria are listed below. The criteria include considerations that help define them. These considerations are suggestions and not all will apply to any given proposal. While proposers must address both merit review criteria, reviewers will be asked to address only those considerations that are relevant to the proposal being considered and for which he/she is qualified to make judgements.
NSF staff will give careful consideration to the following in making funding decisions:
Potential of the project to act as a national model of excellence for the CISE community.
Overall merit of the proposed educational activities.
Overall merit of the research results to be transferred to the instructional domain.
Plan for dissemination of project results.
Level, nature, and appropriateness of participation by underrepresented groups.
Plan for management and operation of the project.
Plan for evaluation of the project and its impact.
A summary rating and accompanying narrative will be completed and submitted by each reviewer. In all cases, reviews are treated as confidential documents. Verbatim copies of reviews, excluding the identities of reviewers, are sent to the Principal Investigator/Project Director by the Program Director. In addition, the proposer will receive an explanation of the decision to award or decline funding.
B. Review Protocol and Associated Customer Service Standard
All proposals are carefully reviewed by at least three other persons outside NSF who are experts in the particular field represented by the proposal. Proposals submitted in response to this announcement/solicitation will be reviewed by Mail Review followed by Panel Review.
Reviewers will be asked to formulate a recommendation to either support or decline each proposal. The Program Officer assigned to manage the proposal's review will consider the advice of reviewers and will formulate a recommendation.
NSF is striving to be able to tell applicants whether their proposals have been declined or recommended for funding within six months. The time interval begins on the closing date of an announcement/solicitation or the date of proposal receipt (whichever is later). The interval ends when the Division Director accepts the Program Officer's recommendation.
In all cases, after programmatic approval has been obtained, the proposals recommended for funding will be forwarded to the Division of Grants and Agreements for review of business, financial, and policy implications and the processing and issuance of a grant or other agreement. Proposers are cautioned that only a Grants and Agreements Officer may make commitments, obligations or awards on behalf of NSF or authorize the expenditure of funds. No commitment on the part of NSF should be inferred from technical or budgetary discussions with a NSF Program Officer. A Principal Investigator or organization that makes financial or personnel commitments in the absence of a grant or cooperative agreement signed by the NSF Grants and Agreements Officer does so at one's own risk.
Notification of the award is made to the submitting organization by a Grants Officer in the Division of Grants and Agreements. Organizations whose proposals are declined will be advised as promptly as possible by the cognizant NSF Program Division administering the program. Verbatim copies of reviews, not including the identity of the reviewer, will be provided automatically to the Principal Investigator. (See section VI.A. for additional information on the review process.)
An NSF award consists of: (1) the award letter, which includes any special provisions applicable to the award and any numbered amendments thereto; (2) the budget, which indicates the amounts, by categories of expense, on which NSF has based its support (or otherwise communicates any specific approvals or disapprovals of proposed expenditures); (3) the proposal referenced in the award letter; (4) the applicable award conditions, such as Grant General Conditions (NSF-GC-1)* or Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Terms and Conditions;* and (5) any announcement or other NSF issuance that may be incorporated by reference in the award letter. Cooperative agreement awards also are administered in accordance with NSF Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions (CA-1). Electronic mail notification is the preferred way to transmit NSF awards to organizations that have electronic mail capabilities and have requested such notification from the Division of Grants and Agreements.
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C. Reporting Requirements
For all multi-year grants (including both standard and continuing grants), the PI must submit an annual project report to the cognizant Program Officer at least 90 days before the end of the current budget period.
Within 90 days after the expiration of an award, the PI also is required to submit a final project report. Approximately 30 days before expiration, NSF will send a notice to remind the PI of the requirement to file the final project report. Failure to provide final technical reports delays NSF review and processing of pending proposals for that PI. PIs should examine the formats of the required reports in advance to assure availability of required data.
NSF has implemented an electronic project reporting system, available through FastLane. This system permits electronic submission and updating of project reports, including information on project participants (individual and organizational), activities and findings, publications, and other specific products and contributions. PIs will not be required to re-enter information previously provided, either with a proposal or in earlier updates using the electronic system.
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