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Ideas Lab: Personalized Engineering Learning (PEL)

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NSF 23-627

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


An Ideas Lab is an intensive meeting that brings together multiple diverse perspectives to focus on finding innovative cross-disciplinary solutions to a grand challenge problem (see below and PAPPG Chapter II.F.6. for more information about this type of proposal). The goal of the Personalized Engineering Learning Ideas Lab is to extend engineering education research to enable advanced personalization in pedagogy and assessment in a K-12 or higher education context. The following broad areas have been identified as possible avenues to advance knowledge: personalized engineering education, multimodal sensing for personalized learning systems and team-based personalized learning. This Ideas Lab aims to bring together experts from diverse scientific, engineering and education backgrounds to develop innovative technologies and solutions to achieve personalized learning for engineering education.

This Ideas Lab is organized by the Office of Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA), the Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC), and the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG); the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS) in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE); the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE); the Division of Graduate Education, the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, and the Division of Undergraduate Education in the Directorate for STEM Education (EDU); and the Division of Translational Impacts in the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP).

INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR: The Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA) Office will host an informational webinar in October 2023 to discuss the Ideas Lab: Personalized Engineering Learning solicitation and to answer questions. Details on how to join this webinar will be posted on the EFMA Website.

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Program contacts

For questions related to environmental compliance, please contact Holly E. Smith, Office of the General Counsel, phone (703) 292-7713, email hesmith@nsf.gov. 

Matthew A. Verleger
Lead Program Director
mverlege@nsf.gov (703) 292-2961 ENG/EEC
Alexandra Medina-Borja
Program Director
amedinab@nsf.gov (703) 292-7557 ENG/CMMI
Thomas Martin
Program Director
tmartin@nsf.gov (703) 292-2170 CISE/IIS
Amy A. Wilson-Lopez
Program Director
awilsonl@nsf.gov (703) 292-2606 EDU/DRL
Margret Hjalmarson
Program Director
mhjalmar@nsf.gov (703) 292-5186 EDU/DRL
Dorian Davis
Program Director
ddavis@nsf.gov (703) 292-7181 ENG/EEC
Christine Delahanty
Program Director
cdelahan@nsf.gov (703) 292-8492 EDU/DUE
Soo-Siang Lim
Program Director
slim@nsf.gov (703) 292-7878 SBE/BCS
Lindsay Portnoy
Program Director
lportnoy@nsf.gov (703) 292-8848 TIP/TI
Louise R. Howe
Program Director
lhowe@nsf.gov (703) 292-2548 ENG/EFMA

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