Enhancing Engineering Education Grants Program

Page Title: Enhancing Engineering Education Grants Program

Overview of the Grants Program

The Enhancing Engineering Education Grants Program is designed to support innovative strategies for engaging and supporting all learners in Michigan Engineering undergraduate courses. This program springs from a collaboration among ADUE, ADGPE, CAEN, CRLT-Engin, and Nexus. Proposals will be invited across the range of innovations in engineering education, including instructional practices, course design and content, and instructional technology.

As part of the initial Enhancing Education using Technology (EET) proposal to the College to support the instructional needs of faculty, grants were offered to support the implementation of innovative ideas that instructors needed money to accomplish. The first year of the grants program was FY23 and all grant money was awarded to faculty. It included three major grants of $50K each on the topics of XR, DEI, and Tandem. Additional smaller grants were also awarded to faculty. At the completion of this first year, the team used the past year’s knowledge to propose improvements and changes to the program.


Available Funding in AY 2023-2024

For AY 2023-2024, there are three grants available to support instructional faculty members:

  • Education Innovation Grants: $50K total to be distributed; $10K max per grant
    • Small funds to support changes or new technology/hardware to be used in a course.
  • Software Pilot Grants: $50K total to be distributed; $10K max per grant
    • Allows faculty to pilot new or innovative software in their course. This is software specific to instruction.
  • Strategic Technology Grants: $100K total to be distributed; $50K max per grant *
    • Proposals that focus on these key strategic initiatives: Online/hybrid learning, Generative artificial intelligence or XR

The grant approval process will be a collaborative effort with members of each of these teams: ADUE, ADGPE, CAEN, CRLT-Engin, and Nexus.


Eligibility

Grants are open to all instructional faculty and staff members in Michigan Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Consultation and Evaluation

Submissions will be evaluated by a group composed of ADUE, ADGPE, CAEN, CRLT-Engin, and Nexus faculty and staff.  Applicants are encouraged to work with a CRLT-Engin or Nexus consultant when developing their proposal.  Please contact [email protected] for assistance.


Reporting Requirements

All projects must be completed within one calendar year of receiving funding. All grant recipients will help disseminate their results by completing a brief web form within three months of the project’s completion, to be publicly displayed on the CRLT-Engin and/or Nexus website. If software or equipment is involved, recipients will provide demonstrations of the technology.