Issue Brief: NGLC Wave 2 is Available

EDUCAUSE is requesting the submission of grant applications for the second wave of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC). The first wave, issued in October 2010, targeted four challenges that focused on improving college completion. This request for proposal, Wave 2, approaches a single challenge comprised of two elements: how technology enabled instructional and assessment materials can (1) improve mastery of 7th ‰-- 9th grade level Common-Core Standards (CCS)-aligned-content with (2) deeper learning competencies. The aligned content should be structured as "learning modules," which the grant defines as Common Core Standards-based content that would typically [not necessarily] be covered in a four to eight week period of a traditional course of study.

Applicants may apply for one of two awards: the Proof of Concept (POC) or the Early Stage Adoption (ESA) award. The POC awards will be up to $250,000, for periods not to exceed 15 months. There may be up to 12 POC awards. ESA awards will be up to $500,000, for periods not to exceed 15 months. There may be up to 14 ESA awards. Both awards have the option of a six-month no-cost extension, subject to prior approval. As an incentive, highly successful projects may be considered for additional funding up to $1M.

The required selection criteria for both awards include:

  • Targeting learners in the 7th ‰-- 9th grade levels needing to master CCS content/competencies;
  • Intended CCS and deep learning gains/outcomes;
  • Logistical/conceptual requirements (including scale, usability, delivery, and costs);
  • Adoption (including discussion of partners, timelines, revenue models and more);
  • Evaluation (including baseline data, progress and more); and
  • Sustainability (how will the project grow beyond the grant interval).

The preferred (not required) selection criteria include:

  • Support for learning-center social activity;
  • Encouragement for students to master specialist language;
  • Opportunities for learners to engage in different ways of being;
  • Opportunities for students to produce types of artifacts endemic to a domain;
  • Highly immersive and contextualized learning environments; and
  • Support for a broad range of instructional models.

The grant‰'s intellectual property terms are critical. All documents, written materials, and other content submitted during the period of the applicants grant application will be made available to the public under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license. All open education resources and related work product created must be made available under this license. The grantee is entitled to retain all rights in any products or innovations developed prior to the receipt of these grant funds. However, with respect to software, note that many open-source licenses require that prior developments be compatibly licensed, thereby conferring an open source license upon both new and prior works. Please make a point to review these terms carefully.


Next Generation Learning Challenges,

Creative Commons, Attribution 3.0 United States (CC BY 3.0),

For more information contact david.deschryver [at] The pre-proposals are due on or before March 4, 2011. Do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.