NSF Project

The overarching goal of the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored project is to provide targeted support to nurture the growth of the regional Community for Mathematics Inquiry in Teaching Network (COMMIT Network) represented on the project leadership team and to investigate the impact of these communities in each region, with the intent of elucidating which community-building strategies are most effective in supporting faculty to adopt, sustain, and promote the use of effective inquiry techniques in undergraduate mathematics education.


Our NSF-sponsored project focuses on four regions to start, with more added in the 2020-2021 academic year, listed below. The project also established a COMMIT Network, to expand the sharing of expertise beyond these initial communities represented by this project. For more detail about our larger network, click the Home button at the top right of this page.

Leadership & Research Team

The project team has received an NSF grant (NSF-DUE #1925188) to support and study four regional COMMIT Communities. In 2020, we received supplemental funding from NSF to expand this to eight communities.

By supporting the growth and sustainability of regional COMMIT communities—and broadening participation in those communities among faculty from underrepresented groups—the project will help promote the use of effective inquiry strategies in undergraduate mathematics classrooms across the country.

To contact our leadership team, e-mail COMathInquiry@gmail.com.

Call for Proposals

We are happy to announce mini-grant funding for those in the general area of our supported regional COMMIT communities. These mini-grants come in two flavors: (1) Travel Mini-grants to regional COMMIT events, and (2) Peer Collaboration Mini-grants for projects such as classroom visits, course collaborations, professional learning communities, book discussion groups, or other collaborative projects which have the potential to stimulate or expand IBL across our regions. The default grant amount is $500 per collaborator, but other amounts will be considered. Note that funds will be disbursed as grants, rather than reimbursements, to minimize paperwork.

We invite college math instructors of mathematics, statistics, or other related quantitative courses in or near the following regions to apply.

  • IBL Greater Iowa-Nebraska Community (IBLINC), which includes Southeast South Dakota

  • MD-DC-VA IBL Consortium

  • Michigan IBL Consortium (including nearby states)

  • New England IBL in Mathematics Consortium (NE-IBLM)

  • Greater Upstate New York IBL Consortium (UNY IBL)

For full details on Peer Collaboration Mini-grants and Travel Mini-grants, and for an application form, see our Request for Proposals: https://tinyurl.com/IBLC-MG-RFP. (Note: this RFP has been updated in August, 2020.)

Recipients of funded proposals may be contacted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha, which is processing funding paperwork. Questions about regional events and funding decisions should be directed to your regional leadership team.