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Faculty Course Development Award

The Faculty Course Development Award gives annual grants of up to $10,000 (U.S.) each, with $20,000 (U.S.) maximum available funds.  It is to support and encourage faculty members to develop a new course or significantly revise an existing course with specific focus on Instrumentation and/or Measurement, taught in an accredited (in accordance to the accepted rules of the country of applicant) engineering/physics/science curriculum.
 
Timetable/Selection Process
  • The complete electronic application package must be submitted to the I&M Society Course Development Grant Selection Committee chair no later than midnight (CST) on February 1 (grant year). The Selection Committee will meet virtually.
  • Grant recipients will be announced at the annual I2MTC Conference Awards Ceremony. Formal notification of the grant will be sent to the recipients, department and university administrators by May 15 (grant year).
  • The grant check will be sent to the recipient’s institution on or about September 1 (grant year), which also serves as the official starting date of the grant.
Conditions of the Grant
  • The faculty applicant must be a member of the IEEE and the Instrumentation and Measurement Society.
  • Nominees must exhibit actions that reflect positively on and enhance the reputation of the I&M Society
  • The recipient must submit a short (no more than 2 single-spaced pages) progress report by February 1 of the following year (following year).
  • The faculty recipient must submit a final report (not to exceed twenty single-spaced pages, additional documents may be added as Appendices), by no later than December 1 (following year). The report must at minimum include: details of the developed course; the additional I&M body of knowledge gained by the students; a summary of all textbooks, audio-visual materials, etc., used; any “Lessons Learned” or course modifications that will be implemented the next time the course is offered; and a brief summary of the expenditures from the grant. The report must be submitted to the I&M Society Course Development Grant Selection Committee chair. The chair may request further information, if necessary, and such information must be provided by the faculty recipient within six weeks of receiving the request. Upon the approval of the report by the selection committee, the recipient will be notified by the committee chair.
  • Within three months of having received the final report approval notice, the faculty recipient must submit an article to the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society describing the course development, success metrics (if any), etc. The recipient must work closely with the EIC of the I&M Magazine regarding the format of the article. The article should be clearly relevant to the field of I&M.
  • The faculty winner will submit a video tutorial, commensurate with the requirements for the I&M Website video tutorials, outlining the course.
  • No more than one proposal, per institution, per year may be funded. Previous grantees are not eligible for another grant for a full two years after the completion of the previous course development and the satisfactory submission of its final report.
Selection Committee
  • The committee will consist of four members: one appointed by the I&M Society president, one appointed by the Membership Committee VP and two by the Education Committee VP. The Education Committee VP will also appoint the committee chair who will only vote in case of a tie.
  • The committee members serve for a two-year term (staggered, after the formation of the committee for the very first time). The chair serves a two-year term.
Selection Procedure
 
The selection procedure includes the following assessment criteria:
  • relevance of the topics covered in the course to the I&M field of interest;
  • alignment of learning outcomes to updated I&M body of knowledge (e.g. modern measurement uncertainty approach vs measurement error approach);
  • level of novelty of the course;
  • clarity and overall organization of the proposal;
  • level of disseminated I&M knowledge (dissemination of basic knowledge is encouraged);
  • budget soundness (see guidelines below);
  • level of support by other Organizations, like University or Industries (e.g. suitable equipment, cost-sharing, …).

Electronic Application Package

Program/Course Proposal, no more than 5 single-spaced pages, that specifically provides the following information: 
  • Title page containing the title, University name, contact information of the faculty member submitting the proposal and other pertinent University officials. Include email addresses and phone numbers, and the faculty member’s IEEE membership number. 
  • Program/Course Proposal outlining a program for the development of a new course directly related to and addressing subjects in the instrumentation and measurement fields. If the proposal outlines modifications to an existing course, significant changes to the existing course must be clearly documented. 
  • Budget. Specifically, how much funding is requested (maximum of $10,000 USD) and detailed breakdown of how the funds will be used. Funds cannot be used for travel to meetings/conferences, etc., and must only be used for course development activities. If travel is required as a necessary element of the proposed course development (such as visiting another institution, receiving training, etc.), it must be explicitly stated in the proposal. Funds must be used for purchasing and developing instructional materials, student assistance payment, faculty course release or salary, etc. Cost-sharing by the faculty member’s institution is strongly encouraged, but not required. No institutional Indirect Cost is allowed. 
  • Information required by the assessment criteria reported in the previous section. 

A letter of support from the faculty member’s department/institution administrator must be submitted (not to be counted as part of the 5-page proposal). This letter must include an explicit statement about the fact that no institutional indirect cost (of any type) will be assessed by the recipient’s institution. 

(Revised November, 2015)

Applicant Information
Provide a phone number with no special characters such as hyphens. Format: 555 555 1234
Provide the Applicant's official IEEE Member Number.
Program/Course Proposal and Budget

The electronic application must include the following:

  • Program/Course Proposal, no more than 5 single-spaced pages, that specifically provides the following information:
    • Title page containing the title, University name, contact information of the faculty member submitting the proposal and other pertinent University officials. Include email addresses and phone numbers, and the faculty member’s IEEE membership number.
    • Program/Course Proposal outlining a program for the development of a new course directly related to and addressing subjects in the instrumentation and measurement fields. If the proposal outlines modifications to an existing course, significant changes to the existing course must be clearly documented.
    • Budget. Detailed breakdown of how the funds will be used. Funds cannot be used for travel to meetings/conferences, etc., and must only be used for course development activities. If travel is required as a necessary element of the proposed course development (such as visiting another institution, receiving training, etc.), it must be explicitly stated in the proposal. Funds must be used for purchasing and developing instructional materials, student assistance payment, faculty course release or salary, etc. Cost-sharing by the faculty member’s institution is strongly encouraged, but not required. No institutional Indirect Cost is allowed.
    • Information required by the assessment criteria reported in the previous section.
Letter of Support

A letter of support from the faculty member’s department/institution administrator must be submitted (not to be counted as part of the 5-page proposal). This letter must include an explicit statement about the fact that no institutional indirect cost (of any type) will be assessed by the recipient’s institution