Funding - NSF I3

The National Science Foundation’s Innovation through Institutional Integration (I-Cubed or I3) program seeks to leverage and connect current NSF funded projects, with particular emphasis on awards managed by programs in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), to broaden and deepen the impact of these efforts. Specifically, the I3 program “challenges faculty, administrators and others in institutions to think strategically about the creative integration of NSF-funded awards towards a whole that exceeds the sum of its parts."

In 2008 the University of Washington (UW) was one of six inaugural awardees of the NSF's I3 grants.  With this 5-year award, UW created  PEERs: Promoting Equity in Engineering Relationships.  This program is centered in the College of Engineering.

PEERs addresses the first two goals of the I3 solicitation, namely to “increase synergy and collaboration across NSF-funded projects and within/between institutions, towards an educational environment where artificial boundaries are significantly reduced and the student experience is more fully integrated,” and to “expand and deepen the footprints of NSF-funded projects and enhance their sustainability.”  

PEERs seeks to positively impact the climate of engineering through a cadre of change agents who create and encourage improved and more equitable relationships and serve as a catalyst for coordinating interventions created by each of our partnering organization and grants.  PEERs takes a holistic approach to diversity that disrupts the typical approach to focus on a single or only several underrepresented groups. Its approach embraces diversity in its many forms, including the multiple-group status of some students.