May 2008

FeMET initiative accepting proposals for 2008–2009 design and curriculum development grants

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the Association for Iron & Steel Technology Foundation’s “Ferrous Metallurgy Education Today,” or FeMET Initiative, which is aimed at attracting top scholastic talent to the North American steel industry, are now accepting design and curriculum development grant proposals for the 2008–2009 school year.

The FeMET Design Grant Program seeks innovative designs and solutions to industry-related issues. Student-Professor teams are asked to address an important industry concern or “challenge” by working collaboratively. Proposals must include the team’s approach/methodology, including a budget and schedule. Proposals will be judged on: technical approach and relation to the theme, probability of success and its potential benefits, and team qualifications. The program may award a grant of up to $50,000.

The 2008 theme is “Technologies for Welding of New Generation Steels.” Teams must quantify the benefits of the proposed technique and study. Data will be provided, where available, from AISI to the teams. Other data will be determined by the investigation during the study. Teams may propose to perform one or more comparative studies, as long as they remain within the outlined budget parameters.

Completed proposals must be submitted electronically, via PDF, to manufacturingt@steel.org by June 30, 2008. Awardees will be announced July 31, 2008.

FeMET Curriculum Development Grant 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 program objective is to utilize students to assist in the editing and updating of textbooks and/or other course materials for use in ferrous metallurgy education, with an underlying objective to increase industry awareness.

The proposals must indicate how the professor will approach the task, including budget and schedule requirements. Up to five university professors will be awarded $5,000 each to fund initiatives designed to enhance or update industry curriculum in ferrous metallurgy programs.

The maximum allowable time for a curriculum development grant is five years, beginning the fall of 2008. The number of awards granted depends on fund availability; each grant will be $5,000 maximum per year for five years.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: direct benefits to the iron and steel industry and the ferrous metallurgy/materials science programs in North America, the plan’s potential to increase the number of students studying metallurgy and materials science in North America, and the expertise and capabilities of the professor to fulfill the program objective.

Completed proposals must be submitted electronically in PDF format, to lwharrey@aist.org by June 31, 2008. Awardees will be announced July 31, 2008.