Software Pilot Grants

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Applications closed April 1, 2024

Grants of up to $10K are available to instructional faculty and staff members seeking to pilot innovative and results-oriented instructional software that has the potential to improve teaching and learning in Michigan Engineering. Proposals may be submitted by individuals requesting software for a specific class or a team of faculty members requesting software for a group of classes.

In the spirit of innovation, all ideas are welcome. Proposals that call for the use of collaborative teaching and learning strategies are encouraged. Priority will be given to projects that, if proven successful, can be replicated throughout the College.

Please note that there are many routes for procuring software licenses at the University of Michigan. We encourage you to reach out to our team at [email protected] to help determine if this grant program is appropriate for your request before submitting a proposal.

Proposal Submissions

Applicants should complete the template linked below that includes the following items:

Course Information

Logistical course details including frequency the course is taught, enrollment summary, etc.

Learning Gaps

Describe the learning gap(s) you have identified in your lesson/module/unit/course.

Teaching Intervention (Pedagogical Support)

  • Explain the teaching and technology intervention(s) that will close the stated learning gaps. 
  • Identify the evidence-based practices that support the efficacy of the proposed software solution.

Comparative Tool Evaluation

  • Identify 3-4 comparable software tools (including your proposed tool) that could fill the established learning gaps.
  • List the criteria you will use to evaluate the 3-4 comparable tools to inform your decision making.

Project Evaluation Plan

  • Explain how the success of this software will be evaluated, documented, and disseminated -approaches might include midterm course assessments, focus groups, and surveys, among others.
  • Explain how you will evaluate if this software met the needs of you and your students. How will you identify if it has improved the educational experience?

Budget Request

Provide the number of licenses, estimated cost per license,  and estimated total cost for this software.

Note: Funding from this grant may only be used to purchase software. CAEN will lead the procurement process. Funding may not be used to cover anything beyond the purchase of the software.


To use the software for instruction in the Fall 2024 term, proposals must be submitted by April 1, 2024.

Available Funding

$50K has been allocated for awards in the 2024 – 2025 academic year and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The required deliverables for this project include: 

  • Presentation of a case study of your application of the software and how it impacted your students’ learning objectives to the Michigan Engineering faculty community
  • Engagement with CAEN on evaluation of software for possible college adoption
  • Acting as a faculty advocate for this software and sharing how you are using it in your class