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Opportunities for Funding. Catalyzing Community Change in Undergraduate Biology Education. James P. Collins, Assistant Director, Biological Sciences Directorate Linda L. Slakey, Director, Division of Undergraduate Education. 17 July 2009 – Vision & Change in Undergraduate Biology Education. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Cover of Politico, July 11, 2009 Catalyzing Community Change

  • Challenge: Catalyzing Community Change in Biology EducationThis is how we will lead the world in new discoveries in this new century. But I think all of you understand it will take far more than the work of government. It will take all of us. It will take all of you. And so today I want to challenge you to use your love and knowledge of science to spark the same sense of wonder and excitement in a new generation.President Barack ObamaNational Academy of Sciences 146th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, April 27, 2009

  • Moving the agenda forward200920102008Thinking beyond theindividual projectLeveraging resourcesWorking at a national scale

  • Leveraging Existing CentersWe have begun exploring ways to leverage existing BIO centers. Challenging them to conceive of creative ways of increasing the undergraduate experiences at their centers. Coordinated in the larger sense by sharing successes and experiences, with room for individual centers to be flexible in their approaches.

  • Moving the agenda forward200920102008BIO-DUE co-fundingUBMRCN-UBEVision and Change meetings CCLISTEP Centers

  • RCN-UBE IncubatorsDear Colleague Letter: Incubator Proposal Opportunity for Research Coordination Networks - Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE).Encourage and foster interactions between already active groups; aim is increasing coordination of efforts and leveraging of resources. Began in 2008, for the second round the 'incubation' component was added with a DCL this year, allowing teams to begin forming with $50K grants. Expectation that some of he RCN-UBE awards will eventually lead to CCLI proposals. ProposalTarget Date:July 23, 2009 ProposalTarget Date:July 5, 2010

  • CCLI: Transforming Undergraduate Education

    Type II$600,000 for 2 to 4 years. Type IIInegotiable, < $5,000,000 over 5 years. Central Resource projects - negotiable. Projects sustain a community of practice engaged in transforming undergraduate STEM education. Next Deadline for Type II, III and Central Resource proposals: January 13, 2010

  • STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP)Increase recruitment, retention, and graduation of STEM majors.Type 1 grants are at the institutional level.Type 2 awards support research on persistence to degree.

  • STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP)Program may also support Center awards that address major issues in undergraduate STEM education, or that disseminate common models or elements that have proven successful. Centers are jointly funded by EHR and disciplinary directorate. Watch for an announcement in FY2010.

  • Funding ResourcesPointers to complete descriptions of these and other initiatives are available at: www.visionandchange.org/index.php/resourcesFunding Opportunities to Support Change in Undergraduate Biology Education

  • Where discoveries begin

    Remind the audience that NSF is but a single component of this community change. Our appropriate role is catalytic and enabling, and we are joined in this endeavor by educational institutions, educators, researchers, other funding organizations, etc.

    **We have discussed a variety of pieces to catalyze the change in undergraduate biology education that you are pushing for:RCN-UBE (Research Coordination Networks - Undergraduate Biology Education) - to encourage and foster interactions between groups already active in efforts to improve UG Biology education with the aim of increasing coordination of efforts and leveraging of resources. This was started last year and we are expecting the second round of proposals for the July 23 target date. We added the 'incubation' component with a DCL this year, allowing teams to begin to form themselves with $50K grants. We expect that at least some of the RCN-UBEs will eventually lead to CCLI proposals. We should ramp up the RCN-UBE budget in order to accomodate and enable a healthy number of these. These are the activities that are in place or under discussion. A FY2010 budget of $11M would allow us to participate in all of these at a respectable level. The Vision & Change meeting report will undoubtedly provide additional ideas but we need to keep in mind that it is focused on the entire system, of which NSF is but a single component. Our appropriate role is catalytic and enabling, and we are joined in this endeavor by educational institutions, educators, researchers, other funding organizations, etc.

    *Creative leveraging of existing BIO centers. We would want to work with the center directors, challenging them to conceive of creative ways of increasing the undergraduate experiences at their centers. This could be a coordinated effort in the larger sense (sharing successes and experiences), with room for individual center flexibility of approach. We have only discussed this to date, however there seems to be broad support of the idea and you could announce it in a "we are looking to..." kind of way.*We have discussed a variety of pieces to catalyze the change in undergraduate biology education that you are pushing for:RCN-UBE (Research Coordination Networks - Undergraduate Biology Education) - to encourage and foster interactions between groups already active in efforts to improve UG Biology education with the aim of increasing coordination of efforts and leveraging of resources. This was started last year and we are expecting the second round of proposals for the July 23 target date. We added the 'incubation' component with a DCL this year, allowing teams to begin to form themselves with $50K grants. We expect that at least some of the RCN-UBEs will eventually lead to CCLI proposals. We should ramp up the RCN-UBE budget in order to accomodate and enable a healthy number of these. These are the activities that are in place or under discussion. A FY2010 budget of $11M would allow us to participate in all of these at a respectable level. The Vision & Change meeting report will undoubtedly provide additional ideas but we need to keep in mind that it is focused on the entire system, of which NSF is but a single component. Our appropriate role is catalytic and enabling, and we are joined in this endeavor by educational institutions, educators, researchers, other funding organizations, etc.

    *We have discussed a variety of pieces to catalyze the change in undergraduate biology education that you are pushing for:RCN-UBE (Research Coordination Networks - Undergraduate Biology Education) - to encourage and foster interactions between groups already active in efforts to improve UG Biology education with the aim of increasing coordination of efforts and leveraging of resources. This was started last year and we are expecting the second round of proposals for the July 23 target date. We added the 'incubation' component with a DCL this year, allowing teams to begin to form themselves with $50K grants. We expect that at least some of the RCN-UBEs will eventually lead to CCLI proposals. We should ramp up the RCN-UBE budget in order to accomodate and enable a healthy number of these. These are the activities that are in place or under discussion. A FY2010 budget of $11M would allow us to participate in all of these at a respectable level. The Vision & Change meeting report will undoubtedly provide additional ideas but we need to keep in mind that it is focused on the entire system, of which NSF is but a single component. Our appropriate role is catalytic and enabling, and we are joined in this endeavor by educational institutions, educators, researchers, other funding organizations, etc.

    *We have discussed a variety of pieces to catalyze the change in undergraduate biology education that you are pushing for:RCN-UBE (Research Coordination Networks - Undergraduate Biology Education) - to encourage and foster interactions between groups already active in efforts to improve UG Biology education with the aim of increasing coordination of efforts and leveraging of resources. This was started last year and we are expecting the second round of proposals for the July 23 target date. We added the 'incubation' component with a DCL this year, allowing teams to begin to form themselves with $50K grants. We expect that at least some of the RCN-UBEs will eventually lead to CCLI proposals. We should ramp up the RCN-UBE budget in order to accomodate and enable a healthy number of these. These are the activities that are in place or under discussion. A FY2010 budget of $11M would allow us to participate in all of these at a respectable level. The Vision & Change meeting report will undoubtedly provide additional ideas but we need to keep in mind that it is focused on the entire system, of which NSF is but a single component. Our appropriate role is catalytic and enabling, and we are joined in this endeavor by educational institutions, educators, researchers, other funding organizations, etc.

    *STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP) co-funding with EHR. Letter of intent for regular proposals deadline is 18 August. We have also discussed the idea of a STEP center based on an announcement that BIOand EHR might develop this summer/fall. STEP mechanisms are intentionally flexible (curricular change, bridge programs with 2-year schools, etc.), but the concept is to increase retention and graduation of [biology] majors at an institution. A center would presumably seek and disseminate common models or elements that have proven successful.

    *STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP) co-funding with EHR. Letter of intent for regular proposals deadline is 18 August. We have also discussed the idea of a STEP center based on an announcement that BIOand EHR might develop this summer/fall. STEP mechanisms are intentionally flexible (curricular change, bridge programs with 2-year schools, etc.), but the concept is to in

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