These sub-awards are intended to promote the implementation of projects with an emphasis on developing measurable and achievable goals and innovative plans to acquire evidence of project outcomes. Potential projects appropriate for sub-award applications include course/program development or redesign, campus-based faculty development initiatives, outreach to institutions or colleagues new to SENCER, or research into student learning, among others.
The National Center has an NSF-endorsed goal of bringing new institutions into the SENCER program. Thus, we are especially interested in proposals that include outreach to new institutions, multi-institutional collaborations, and proposals that lead to deeper engagement by institutions that have had only minimal contact with SENCER to date.
Successful applicants would include those who propose:
(1) Planning activities that lead to full team applications to SSI 2016 or 2017,
(2) Outreach to new institutions (especially community colleges) with whom the applicant institution has substantial transfer activity (or vice versa: outreach by community colleges to baccalaureate degree granting institutions),
(3) Multi-institutional team development activities that include institutions new to SENCER or complex civic challenges not yet represented in the portfolio of SENCER model courses and programs, and
(4) Projects that apply the SENCER ideals to introductory courses designed for students intending to major in the STEM fields or “linked-courses” or learning communities designed to pair teaching methods courses (teacher pre-service training) with introductory courses in the basic sciences.
The maximum amount for a sub-award is $3,000. The start date for the proposed project should be January 1, 2016.