Special Opportunity for Applications and Testbeds for Undergraduate Education
Thank you for your interest in the special funding opportunity supporting exploration of the utility of digital libraries for improving undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education and making high quality SMET education more accessible to all students. This opportunity, sponsored by NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education, is part of the Digital Libraries Initiative, Phase II (DLI2). The first year deadline for proposals is July 15, 1998. A letter of intent to submit a proposal should be sent by May 1, 1998 as an electronic mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org. See the full DLI2 program announcement for details. Successful applicants are expected to demonstrate high potential to advance undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET) education. Three types of proposals are of interest: practical digital library applications for SMET education, technical studies of digital library capabilities, and general policy studies.
The full DLI2 program announcement may be obtained on the Web at
Proposals may be parts of larger proposals submitted to the DLI2 initiative or they may be free-standing proposals submitted to the DLI2 initiative. In either case they will be expected to cooperate with each other and with projects funded under the Digital Libraries Initiatives. Taken together, this portfolio of projects will be expected to make a significant contribution toward the design and possible implementation of digital libraries for SMET education.
Of particular interest are specialized digital library applications designed for the specific knowledge domain and community of higher education with an emphasis on resources for faculty engaged in the instruction of undergraduates. Such applications include, but are not limited to, any of the following:
Of general interest are technical studies of the capabilities of a digital library to serve a broad national audience of faculty, with eventual extension to K-12 teachers and students at all levels. Issues to be addressed include, but are not limited to, the following:
Also of interest is policy research that would inform determination of the utility and scope of a digital libary devoted to SMET education. Research topics include assessing the utility of such a system with respect to its ability to do any of the following:
A workshop was held by the National Research Council in August 1997 to study issues related to a National Digital Library for Undergraduate SMET Education. The report of that workshop, Developing a Digital National Library for Undergraduate Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education, is available at the Web site of the National Academy Press http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/dlibrary/
If you have additional questions please feel free to contact Dr. Hal Richtol of the Division of Undergraduate Education at 703-306-1666 or by electronic mail at email@example.com. Additional information on the programs and activities of the Division can be found at http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/EHR/DUE.