Elliot Douglas, Ph.D.

Got an Education Project? How to Write Your Proposal for NSF and Where to Submit It

Elliot P. Douglas, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences, UF, Program Director for Engineering Education, NSF

Many faculty have ideas for new education projects but may not be sure of how to turn that idea into a fundable proposal. This presentation will help engineering faculty understand the elements of a competitive proposal in engineering. It will also describe current opportunities for funding of engineering education projects available through the National Science Foundation. NSF education programs span the range from foundational to scale-up research, and include opportunities for investigators new to educational research. There are also programs intended to support institutional change efforts.


elliotdouglasElliot P. Douglas is Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences and Distinguished Teaching Scholar at the University of Florida. He is currently on assignment to the National Science Foundation as Program Director for Engineering Education, where he leads the Research in the Formation of Engineers, Research Initiation in Engineering Formation, and Revolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science Departments programs. His research interests lie at the intersection between education research and engineering education practice. His work aims to understand complex thinking processes and learning in students, and to use this information to design effective teaching practices, and includes research in critical thinking, active learning, problem-solving, and cultures of inclusion in engineering. Dr. Douglas received SBs in Materials Science & Engineering and MSE & Music from MIT in 1988, and his PhD in Polymer Science & Engineering from UMass-Amherst in 1992. He then worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for four years before joining the University of Florida in 1996. He has served as Deputy Editor of the Journal of Engineering Education and Chair of the Educational Research & Methods Division of ASEE.