The National Science Foundation (NSF) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students.The program is open to application from all institutions of higher education and associated organizations. IUSE seeks to support projects that have high potential for broader societal impacts, including improved diversity of students and instructors participating in STEM education, professional development for instructors to ensure adoption of new and effective pedagogical techniques that meet the changing needs of students, and projects that promote institutional partnerships for collaborative research and development. There are two IUSE tracks, Engaged Student Learning and Institutional and Community Transformation.
In the Engaged Student Learning track:
- Level 1 funding is up to $300,000 for up to three years,
- Level 2: $300,001 – $600,000 for up to three years
- Level 3: $600,001 – $2 million for up to five years.
In the Institutional and Community Transformation track:
- Capacity-Building: funding up to $150K (single institution) or $300K (multiple institutions) for up to two years
- Level 1: funding up to $300,000 for up to three years
- Level 2: $300,001 – $2 million (single institution) or $3 million (multiple institutions and research centers) for up to five years.