CBE RFP and Addendum

Thank you for your interest in the DETA request for proposals (RFP) for competency-based education (CBE) and the DETA Research Toolkit addendum specific to CBE.

Note: The CBE RFP will close January 12, 2016, 11:59PM CST. Late submissions will automatically be omitted from the competition.  Awards will be announced no later than February 19, 2016 with research to begin March 1, 2016.


As a field of research, CBE is relatively unexplored, and this RFP offers the opportunity to have a foundational impact on our understanding of student success in competency-based educational delivery and design. Through this exploratory research initiative, we hope to identify metrics that are specific to competency-based education (e.g., how to reliably measure demonstrable discipline-specific knowledge, what key performance measures are most important for career success, what motivates students to regulate their own learning at their own pace). Future competency-based education RFPs will build upon what is learned during this exploratory round of funded research.

Therefore, through a competitive grant process DETA is allocating funding to study IHE’s across the country that offer competency-based education programs. This research is to focus on valid and reliable best practice metrics in the design and delivery of competency-based education programs. Grant recipients may focus on course-level and/or institutional-level 2-year and 4-year IHEs. Response to this call for proposals will result in stipends ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Eligibility for funding will be determined by: 1) the level of contribution to the field; 2) the degree to which the proposal meets stated grant requirements, and 3) the level of perceived need to conduct the proposed research.

Download the DETA CBE RFP and Addendum

Please take a moment give us some information about yourself so that we can better understand who is using accessing the CBE RFP and addendum. Once submitted, you will receive an email with links to the documents.

If you have not downloaded the DETA Research Toolkit released on October 1st, 2015, you can do so by visiting: https://uwm.edu/deta/toolkits/.  Remember the general RFP is closed as of November 13th.