NSF: Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education - deadlines Jan. and July


National Science Foundation Div. of Undergraduate Education

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NSF:  Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education  RCN-UBE
NSF 22-522      https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2022/nsf22522/nsf22522.htm?WT.mc_ev=click&WT.mc_id=USNSF_29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Deadlines for IUSE Level 1, 2, 3, and Capacity-Building Proposals:  July 21, 2021;  Third Wednesday in July, annually thereafter (until replaced).
Deadlines for IUSE Level 1 and Capacity-Building Proposals:  January 19, 2022; Third Wednesday in January, annually thereafter (until replaced).

The program seeks to improve undergraduate education by leveraging the power of a collaborative network recognizing that new educational materials and pedagogies can simultaneously teach biological concepts while creating a supportive and engaging learning environment for all. The RCN-UBE program supports groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training, and education. The theme or focus of an RCN-UBE proposal can be on any topic likely to advance this goal, and activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic, and international boundaries are encouraged. Acknowledging that students' educational pathways vary, networks that include under-resourced institutions as full, equitable partners are highly desired. Understanding that people from diverse backgrounds bring different experiences and viewpoints, the RCN-UBE program is interested in proposals that include individuals from traditionally underrepresented in biological research and education as members of the steering committee. Lastly, the RCN-UBE program is also interested in developing, testing, and sharing best practices that can transform the online learning environment.

Note: Because it addresses undergraduate biology education, the RCN-UBE program is offered in alignment with the NSF-wide undergraduate STEM education initiative, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE). More information about IUSE can be found in the NSF IUSE solicitation (NSF 21-579). Depending on the scope and nature of the project, investigators should consider applying to IUSE or RCN-UBE.