November 10, 2021

VUMC Limited Submission Opportunity: NSF Innovations in Graduate Education Program

VUMC may submit only 2 applications to the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program.

Applications due December 9, 2021 

VUMC:  These instructions are for VUMC investigators. VU investigators should apply through InfoReady and address any questions to 

VUMC may submit only 2 applications to the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program. The program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. 

IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches. 

The program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged. 

VUMC may participate in two Innovations in Graduate Education proposals per competition. Participation includes serving as a lead organization on a non-collaborative proposal or as a lead organization, non-lead organization, or subawardee on a collaborative proposal. 

An individual may serve as Lead Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on only one proposal submitted to the IGE program per annual competition. 

See the solicitation for more information. 

Internal Application Process: 

Eligible faculty interested in being one of VUMC’s nominees must submit the following (in a single PDF) to  by 5 p.m. on December 9, 2021: 

  1. Project Description, including summary budget (2 page max) 
  2. Letter of support from department chair/center director 
  3. NIH Biosketch 

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email.

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to