Students & Faculty

Steel Curriculum Development Grant

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Proposals for the 2018–2019 academic year will be accepted through 30 June 2018.

The purpose of the Steel Curriculum Development Grant is to increase the number of students studying a steel-related curriculum in North America, and to increase the number of such students electing to pursue careers in the iron and steel industry upon graduation.

Call for Proposals

Proposals are being solicited from Professors of engineering and engineering technology majors (metallurgical, materials science, chemical, electrical, mechanical, industrial, environmental, and computer science) at North American Universities for funding of curriculum development  to enhance or update steel-related curriculum within the  above engineering and engineering technology disciplines. 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 three years beginning in the fall. The number of awards granted depends on fund availability, the number and quality of applicants; the maximum grant per award will be US$10,000 each year for the first two years, and US$5,000 for year three for a total of US$25,000.

Objective and Terms

The professors selected will have discretion in establishing the project as long as the steel industry's role or visibility in the professor's course curriculum and/or other programs is enhanced.

Proposal Content

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

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

  • Detailed plan of the work.

  • Estimated distribution of total curriculum development cost by year.

  • Past involvement with a steel plant and proposed direct student involvement with a steel plant.

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:

  • Direct benefits to the iron and steel industry and the steel-related education in North America.

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

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


Selected recipients must provide a progress report by 1 July each year of the grant, along with a funding request for each additional year, through a form provided. The report should also include tracking the number of students hired into the steel industry upon graduation.

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 US$25,000. No indirect costs are allowed for grants under US$25,000. The AIST Foundation reserves the right to assess grants on a case by case basis to determine the application of this policy.