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Process to Request Use of the Gelfand Engineering and Technology Education Fund in the Case School of Engineering (CSE)

Through the Gelfand Engineering and Technology Education Fund (“the Fund”), money is available through the Case School of Engineering to support prek-12 outreach activities. In particular, the gift agreement states that funds can be used to support activities and training for preK-12 teachers and students to promote engineering educational programming. This document outlines the process and procedures necessary to request money from the Fund. CWRU faculty, staff and student groups are eligible to submit grant proposals that support the Fund’s programming goals.

Grant application process for CWRU members:

  • Interested CWRU faculty, staff and student groups are able to submit grant proposals to the Gelfand STEM Center for use of the Gelfand Engineering and Technology Education Fund. Electronic copies of the proposal should be sent to csek-12@case.edu. (Detailed proposal content and selection criteria are outlined below.)

  • Grant proposals can be submitted at any time during the year and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Where necessary, prior to a decision being made, meetings may be convened with STEM Center staff to discuss the grant proposal in more detail.

  • Proposals will initially be reviewed by the Gelfand STEM Center executive staff. If proposals advance to the second round, they will be presented at a STEM Center Executive Council meeting. Proposals will be reviewed and a decision made within 3 months of submittal. Proposals that are recommended by the Executive Council and STEM Center staff will be forwarded to the CSE Dean or Dean’s designee for final approval, at which point funds will be released.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The proposal’s ability to support activities and training for prek-12 teachers and/or students to promote engineering educational programming

  • To proposal’s ability to achieve the desired long-term impact on the teachers and/or prek-12 students

  • The proposal’s ability to strengthen partnerships with existing community stakeholders and youth groups

  • The proposal’s ability to strengthen partnerships with internal CWRU community members (e.g. faculty, staff, students, centers, etc.)

  • The proposal’s activities encourage inquiry and STEM exploration and engage students in hands-on activities that have been demonstrated to be effective, e.g. design challenges

    o Do the proposed activities address best practices in STEM education?

  • The proposal’s ability to leverage fiscal and non-fiscal resources in order to enhance the proposed activities

  • The proposal’s ability to support proposal development for NSF, NIH, DARPA and other funding sources with defined preK-12 objectives

  • The quality of the intended evaluation plan, including the metrics to be evaluated and the timeline for evaluation

Funding Availability

We anticipate the ability to fund multiple activities and to disburse $100K per year for the next 3-4 years. Grant amounts will vary and will be awarded based on the proposed activity and its alignment to the Fund goals.

We encourage collaboration and leveraging of fiscal and non-fiscal resources to support the proposed project. Our intent is to directly support student activities, such as materials, supplies and event costs. Funds can be used to pay the hourly wages of students directly supporting the activities. However, support of faculty and staff salaries will not be allowed.