Sponsor:  U.S. Department of Education

Sponsor Program Solicitation: First in the World Program-Development Grants
Funding Amount: $2,000,000-$4,000,000
Duration: 4 years


Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity

Closed - Submitting PI: College of Professional Studies (CPS)


Deadlines

NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 06/04/2014
Sponsor Deadline: 06/30/2014


Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

Last August, President Obama outlined an ambitious plan to improve value and affordability in post-secondary education. The plan included: Paying for performance, developing a college ratings system; promoting innovation and competition; and ensuring affordable debt. The President noted that the federal government can act as a catalyst for innovation, spurring innovation in a way that drives down costs while preserving quality. Innovations can take many forms, such as those that improve teaching and learning by redesigning courses and student supports, or by leverage learning science and technological developments. FITW aims to support a wide range of innovations at colleges and universities, and serve as a catalyst for the best ideas that will dramatically enhance student outcomes.

The FITW program will build on all of these important Administration priorities by providing grants to institutions of higher education to spur the development of innovative approaches and strategies that will improve post-secondary educational access and outcomes.


Funding Areas

Applicants must address one of the following absolute priorities:

  1. Increasing Access and Completion for Underrepresented, Underprepared, or Low-Income Students
  2. Increasing Community College Transfer Rates to Four-year Colleges for Underrepresented, Underprepared, or Low-Income Students
  3. Increasing Enrollment and Completion of Underrepresented, Underprepared, or Low-Income Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Degree and Certificate Programs
  4. Reducing Time to Completion, Especially for Underrepresented, Underprepared, or Low-Income Students
  5. Improving College Affordability, Especially for Underrepresented, Underprepared, or Low-Income Students