Think[box] Faculty Fellowship Grants

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No Longer Accepting Applications

The application for the 2023-2024 think[box] Faculty Fellowship has closed. Please return to this page in the spring for details regarding next year's opportunities.

The Sears think[box] Faculty Fellowship (TFF) grants are designed to promote engagement of CWRU faculty with Sears think[box]. The program provides opportunities for CWRU teaching faculty to explore ways to integrate think[box] resources and experiences into curriculum offerings. The grants will fund content development for curricular applications. Each PI is expected to engage a think[box] staff member early in the development of the idea and to serve as co-PI. We expect the following outcomes:

  • Curriculum content
  • Publication opportunities
  • External funding opportunities


Open to all faculty at Case Western Reserve University.

Call for Proposals

Please review the Call for Proposals before submitting your application.

Application Timeframe

Applications for the 2023-2024 fellowship program must be submitted by 9:00 a.m. on May 24, 2023 to be considered. Applications are then reviewed and will be approved by May 31. Funding will be released before the start of the 2023-2024 academic year, and must be used during that academic year.

How Funds are Awarded and Used

A maximum of 5 awards will be granted, each for a maximum amount of $8,000 in funding, to cover costs such as materials, small tools and equipment, teaching assistant time, and other related expenses. Funds may be used to pay for external prototyping or machining services when the work cannot be performed at Sears think[box]. All funds must directly assist in the integration of think[box] into a CWRU academic course.

Review Committee

Applications are reviewed and approved by senior staff members from Sears think[box].

Reporting Requirements

  • All faculty who are awarded funding from the think[box] Faculty Fellowship program will be asked to join meetings to provide progress updates.
  • At the conclusion of the academic year, awardees will be asked to provide a spreadsheet that documents how the funds were spent and submit a final report using our Final Report Template and Expense Report Template. Please send these documents to Ian Charnas ( and Jim McGuffin-Cawley (
  • Awardees will be expected to deliver a 10-minute oral presentation on their project and its impact at a think[box] event likely coordinated with UCITE.
  • Applications representing continuation of past TFF projects will be accepted, however priority will be given to new efforts.

Fund Disbursement

If you are selected to receive support from the Think[box] Faculty Fellowship program, funding will be journaled to a speedtype you provide.