Curriculum Development Grant Program

Important Dates and Information

2015 RFP Release Date: October 15, 2014
Proposal Due Date: February 2, 2015
(5 p.m. pacific time)
Award Notification: May, 2015
Maximum Award Amount: $15,000
Project Duration: Up to 18 months from the project start date
(approximately June 1, 2015)

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). 

The 2015 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.

Proposal Submission

See the 2015 Curriculum Development Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP) (.pdf) for the full program announcement, review and eligibility criteria.

Proposals, including signed cover sheet, must be submitted electronically on the 2015 Curriculum Development Grant Proposal Template (.doc) form by the posted deadline on February 2, 2015 before 5:00 p.m. pacific time. Refer to the 2015 Curriculum Development Proposal Template and the budget guidelines page for preparation information when completing your proposal.

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.