Innovation in Education Faculty Grants

Four Innovation in Education grants have been awarded to Missouri S&T faculty for 2016-2017 as part of a new grant program funded by the Innovation Team. The program is administered through CERTI. 

The program seeks to infuse one or more of the following skill sets into undergraduate student curriculum: creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation and design thinking. 

The funded proposals are:

  • “Bringing Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovation to a Senior Design Course,” Mihail Cutitaru, assistant teaching professor, electrical and computer engineering, $4,250.
  • “Redesigning The Global Village as a Three-Credit Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program,” Audra Merfeld-Langston, interim department chair and associate professor, arts, languages and philosophy, $5,000.
  • “Improvement of Teaching Effectiveness by Active and Cooperate Learning,” Mingzhen Wei, assistant professor, geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering, $4,810.
  • “Introducing Design Thinking Into a Biological Design and Innovation Course,” David Westenberg, associate professor, biological sciences, $5,000. 

Results of this research will be shared with the campus at the Missouri S&T Teaching and Learning Technology Conference in March 2017. 

Full grant proposal information:

Innovation in Education Grant information (PDF)

Innovation in Education Grant information (Word)

All full-time tenured, tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty with appointments in the College of Engineering and Computing, or the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business may apply.

These grants provide support to further facilitate learning opportunities in the classroom that prepare students to enter the workforce as technically savvy, innovative, flexible and real-world-ready employees.

The goal of the project is the increased integration of experiential learning in entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, design thinking and/or leadership curriculum in undergraduate programs. Projects need to be assessed with clear objectives and outcomes relative to the course being developed or modified.

Team projects within disciplines or across disciplines are welcomed and encouraged.

There are no constraints on the type of activity proposed; only that is is experiential in nature and instituted in a course during the grant period, which is three to four semesters.

Individual awards will range from $1,000-$5,000 depending on the scope of the activity. Award sizes must directly align with proposed award description. Proposals deemed to be extraordinary may be eligible for additional funding.

Funds may be used for project-related travel expenses, as well as costs related to presenting and publishing results of educational curriculum projects; release time and/or summer development time; TA or GTA support; materials and supplies, etc.

The number of awards and award size will depend on the quality and number of proposals submitted.

During the award period, the proposed/developed activity for infusing hands-on entrepreneurial, creativity, innovation, design thinking and/or leadership practices in the classroom or outside the traditional classroom must be executed.

A verbal mid-term update will be given to members of the CERTI Committee and Pathways to Innovation Team.

At the end of the award period, awardees will report lessons learned in a campus faculty forum, such as a CERTI-sponsored event or the Teaching and Learning Technology conference. 

Faculty are strongly encouraged to pilot activity before full execution.

An assessment of activity in terms of activity outcomes will be completed.

All projects must include assessment of the experiential activities and curriculum.

Collaboration among faculty is encouraged either on campus or with external colleagues.

Experiential activities and curriculum that include one or more of the following topics:

  • Entrepreneurship and/or entrepreneurial thinking
  • Innovation
  • Creativity and/or creative problem-solving (CPS)
  • Design thinking
  • Leadership

All projects must include assessment of the experiential activities and curriculum.

Submit a proposal of up to 8 pages to the CERTI office, 207 Norwood, or electronically to which includes:

  • Cover/general information (1-2 pages)
  • Proposal (max 4 pages) including 100-word abstract
  • References (max 1 page)
  • Budget and budget justification (max 1 page)

Proposals may be returned without review for failure to conform to proposal structure, poor grammar and spelling.

Go to the Innovation in Education Guidelines and Innovation in Education Grant Proposal Template (Word) for more information.

The proposals will be reviewed by members of the Pathways to Innovation Team and CERTI Committee. Go to the Innovation in Education Grant evaluation rubric for more information.

The final report is due to the CERTI office by Dec. 31, 2016, and will consist of the following:

  • Cover sheet
  • Summary
  • Purpose of project
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Conclusion

Go to Innovation in Education grant final report for more information.