W2 - NSF Engineering Education Funding: Tips for Appropriate Program Selection & Competitive Proposal Preparation

Pre-Conference Workshops
ABIODUN ILUMOKA1 , JOHN JACKMAN1, ALEXANDRA MEDINA-BORJA1, EDWARD BERGER1, MONICA CARDELLA1, AMY WILSON-LOPEZ1, MICHELLE CAMACHO-WALTER1
1 NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Engineering education today is a robust and responsive enterprise led by educators, industry practitioners and professional organizations working collaboratively to ensure that a diverse group of students is attracted, recruited and retained in engineering for the long-term. The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports R&D at the leading-edge of engineering education research in sustainability, creativity, metacognitive reflection, empathy, entrepreneurship, cultural sensitivity and ethical decision-making. The goal of this workshop is to provide guidance to participants on engineering education funding opportunities at NSF as well as to provide hints for the preparation of competitive proposals. This will be accomplished through a combination of engaging activities including (i) interactive and dynamic mini-presentations by NSF program directors; (ii) a lively mock proposal review session in which participants work in small groups on a real NSF proposal previously emailed to registrants; (iii) an interactive question and answer session in which participants have the opportunity to cross-examine a panel of current NSF grantees and (iv) candid conversations with NSF program directors. In describing the various funding opportunities relevant to engineering education, the workshop will place emphasis on engineering education for a sustainable future (consistent with the FIE 2020 conference theme) and give guidance on how to write persuasive and competitive proposals. Participants will experience rich peer interactions and also have the opportunity to connect directly with NSF program directors.