National Science Foundation

NSF: Widening Implementation & Demonstration of Evidence-Based Reforms (WIDER)

Program Summary

The chief goal of WIDER is to transform institutions of higher education into supportive environments for STEM faculty members to substantially increase their use of evidence-based teaching and learning practices. The first recommendation in the Report of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), "Engage to Excel," is to increase widespread implementation of evidence-based practices in order to increase persistence in STEM and contribute to the goal of producing 1 million additional STEM graduates.


Because the goal of WIDER is institutional transformation, an organization may submit only one Planning or one Institutional Implementation proposal for a given deadline. There are no restrictions on the number of Community Implementation or Research proposals that an individual or organization may submit.

Award Information

Grants will be made in 4 tracks:

To comply with the limitation of one submission per organization, please contact Cheryl Ridgeway ( or 384-3332) in the Office of the Vice President for Research, if you are interested in applying.

Date Due to DSP or UIF06/26/2013
Date Due to Sponsor07/03/2013
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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