IGE Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Innovations in Graduate Education, or IGE?
The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) 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.

What types of projects does the IGE program support?
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.

Who can apply for an IGE grant?
Accredited institutions of higher education, including community colleges, may apply for an IGE grant at their institution. A faculty member must serve as the grant's principal investigator. View the current solicitation.

How many IGE awards have been funded, and at which institutions? 
NSF has funded over 40 awards at diverse research institutions across the country, in both rural and urban communities. View a map of past and current awards.

How do I access resources for the IGE program?
In order to access resources such as best practices, webinars, and other information like events, visit the IGE Hub.

How can I get involved? 
Applications for the NSF IGE program are accepted annually in March. Interested institutions and researchers can find more information for applying on the NSF website. Interested parties can search current awards. General inquiries regarding the program should be made to program staff at ige@nsf.gov