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Ferrous Metallurgy Education Today Initiative (FeMET) Curriculum Development Program

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The deadline for proposals for 2014–2015 academic year has been extend to 31 July 2014.

The American Iron and Steel Institute and the Association for Iron and Steel Technology Foundation have joined together to create the Ferrous Metallurgy Education Today (FeMET) Initiative to increase the number of students studying metallurgy and materials science in North America, and to increase the number of such students electing to pursue careers in the iron and steel industry upon graduation. The Curriculum Development Program is one component of the FeMET Initiative.

Call for Proposals

Proposals are being solicited from Professors of ferrous metallurgy or materials science at North American Universities for funding of a curriculum development assistant to enhance or update industry curriculum in ferrous metallurgy programs. The proposal should indicate how the professor would approach the task, including budget and schedule requirements. The maximum allowable time for a curriculum development grant is five years beginning in the fall. The number of awards granted depends on fund availability; the maximum grant per award will be $5,000 per year for five years for a total of $25,000.

Objective and Terms

The program objective is to utilize undergraduate or graduate students to assist in the editing and updating of textbooks and/or other course materials for use in ferrous metallurgy education. The Professors selected will have discretion in establishing the student duties as long as the steel industry's role or visibility in the Professor's course curriculum and/or other programs is enhanced. Individual student assistants would be selected by the professor (or as dictated by university policy).

Proposal Content

Please follow the instructions carefully for submitting proposals. Applications should contain the following sections:

  1. Schedule for curriculum development including a list of anticipated tasks and milestones.

  2. Detailed plan of the work assigned to the Assistant.

  3. Curriculum Development Assistant selection process.

  4. Estimated distribution of total curriculum development cost by year.

Evaluation Criteria

It is the responsibility of the submitter to assure that sufficient information is contained in the proposal for reviewers to evaluate the proposal according to the following criteria:

  1. Direct benefits to the iron and steel industry and the ferrous metallurgy/materials science programs in North America.

  2. The potential of the plan to increase the number of students studying metallurgy and materials science in North America.

  3. The expertise and capabilities of the Professor to fulfill the program objective.

Whenever possible, specifically allocable costs of a proposal should be requested and justified in the proposal as direct costs.  In an effort to ensure our support of the indirect costs associated with programs/projects the AIST Foundation funds, and to be consistent in that support, it is the policy of the AIST Foundation to limit university or agency administrative fee allowances to 15% of any of its annual grant awards over $25,000. No indirect costs are allowed for grants under $25,000. The AIST Foundation reserves the right to assess grants on a case by case basis to determine the application of this policy.