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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
Completed proposals must be submitted electronically in PDF format, to
email@example.com by June 31, 2008. Awardees will be announced July 31,