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Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) Proposal Workshop (8/19/2015)

The Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) State Grants represent the largest federal initiative for teacher professional development, funded through the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). In Tennessee, the program is administered by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), which is committed to ensuring that all students are prepared for college and career readiness. To help ensure this, the focus of the 2016 Tennessee ITQ Grant program is on conducting professional development projects that focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects for grades 9-12. A workshop and technical assistance call were held on August 19, 2014.

An eligible partnership, as defined by the ITQ RFP, consists of faculty from the School of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences or  the College of Engineering and Computer Science (Engineering departments), and a high-need Local Educational Agency (school system). During the technical assistance call, it was established that faculty from the College of Engineering may serve as a member of the partnership.

The Documents below were distributed at the meeting in printed form and are intended to assist with faculty’s development of a proposal to THEC. Please contact ORSP if you have any questions or need any assistance.

2016 Guidance

City and County School Contact List

General Competition Application Outline

Intent to Submit Notification Template

ITQ Budget Template

ITQ Workshop Powerpoint

Sample LEA Commitment Letter

THEC ITQ Checklist for Faculty

THEC Proposal Timeline 2015

ITQ Application Example


NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Proposal Workshop (6/11/2015)

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. UTC has a proven track-record of securing REU awards, and approximately 180 new sites are awarded each year. The typical funding amount is $70,000 - $120,000 per year, although there is no firm limit on the amount an institution can request.

This year's deadline for proposals is August 26, 2015. Our grant specialists have put together a packet of materials to assist faculty in proposal development. Please click the links below to view materials from the NSF REU Workshop.

Workshop Presentation (PowerPoint)

Proposal Components

Proposal Guidelines

Budget Template

Sample Budget Justification

Biosketch Template

Current & Pending Support Template

Data Management Template

Facilities and Research Template

Project Description Template

REU Site Project Timeline