Curriculum Development Grant Program

Important Dates and Information

RFP Release Date: October 15, 2015
Proposal Due Date: February 1, 2016
(5 p.m. pacific time)
Award Notification: May, 2016
Maximum Award Amount: $15,000
Project Duration: Up to 18 months from the project start date
(approximately June 1, 2016)

Program Introduction

The California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) aims to innovate biotechnology education across the CSU.  For the last decade education researchers, federal agencies, employers and professional societies have called for change in undergraduate life science education and other biotechnology-related disciplines (1,2,3). Curriculum improvement efforts aim to increase rates of student engagement and retention, but also to ensure undergraduate education reflects “how science is done in the laboratory and in the field” (2).  In addition life science employers have emphasized the workforce need for a “convergence of disciplines and the need ‘to marry technical disciplines,’ such as engineering and biology, chemistry and information technology.” (4)

The 2016 Curriculum Development Grant Program will support the development of innovative general education courses, laboratories, and first-year experiences, as well as revisions to lower-level or introductory biotechnology-related courses. CSUPERB emphasizes the system-wide dissemination of curricular materials across the CSU system to engage, impact and prepare students in biotechnology.

  1. Handelsman, Ebert-May, Beichner, Bruns, Chang, DeHaan, Gentile, Lauffer, Stewart, Tilghman & Wood (2004)Scientific Teaching.Science304: 521-522.
  2. Vision & Change in Undergraduate Biology Education(2011). AAAS & National Science Foundation.
  3. Hanauer & Bauerle (2012) Facilitating Innovation in Science Education through Assessment Reform, Liberal Education, Vol. 98, No. 3.
  4. 2014 Talent Integration: California Workforce Trends in the Life Science Industry.

Proposal Submission

See the 2016 Curriculum Development Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP). for the full program announcement, review and eligibility criteria.

Proposals, including signed cover sheet, must be submitted electronically on the 2016 Curriculum Development Grant Proposal Template form, found on the Proposal Submission page (see link above) by the posted deadline on February 1, 2016 before 5:00 p.m. pacific time.

Post-Award Information

Principal Investigators on all funded proposals are required to comply with CSUPERB reporting requirements listed on the Report Forms page.

Contact Information

For information about this program, contact CSUPERB at (619) 594-2822 or by email.