Nord Grants

Nord Grants support UCITE’s mission of empowering people to learn.  Nord Grant funding supports the development of innovative faculty teaching and research projects that directly benefit student learning.

Funding may be used to present at a conference associated with teaching and education, to invite speakers to the university, for innovative large-scale projects, or for salaries/stipends to hire project assistants.  Funding is unlikely to be awarded for faculty salaries or teaching-release time.  In general, Nord Grants are more likely to be awarded for smaller amounts, benefitting significant numbers of students, and directly impacting learning/teaching.

  • Duration of awards:  One-year, with the possibility of extension.
  • Deadlines: Awards are given twice yearly, with starting dates of January 30 and July 30. Deadlines are May 31 for proposals starting July 30, and December 16 for a January 30 start.
  • Award limits:  Awards have no financial parameters. They are commensurate with justification provided. Past grants have gone as high as $7,000. Priority is given to faculty without previous grants.

Application process: Requests should include a two-page letter, and one-page detailed budget. An example for the budget page is given here.  Page limits are strict, unless reviewers request more information. Whatever the project, the proposal should contain the following sections:

  1. Project Description:  a brief statement of the purpose, rationale and scope of the project, and the reason a grant must be used instead of department/school funds.
  2. Student Impact: a detailed explanation of how this project will impact student learning.
  3. Professional Impact: a description of how this project will help you to continue to develop as a professional educator.
  4. Metrics and Data collection: outcome measurement objectives and plan to collect the data.
  5. Department Contact: the contact information for your department administrator, grant administrator or business manager. 
  6. Letters of support are also required to acknowledge your proposal and to demonstrate any additional support for your project from university resources.  As an example of the latter, if you were planning a new interdisciplinary course or research project, you would include a letter from the other department(s) involved, to demonstrate support for your proposal.  Letters of support should be sent as pdf files as part of your proposal packet, and will be combined with your application for review. 
  7. Additional letters of support, as appropriate, from university resources.
  8. The budget sheet must be co-signed by the department chair or associate dean.
  9. All materials should be sent to
  10. Applicants should also complete the contact form, located here.

Proposals (including budget) will be publicly accessible. Accepting an award means the proposer agrees, unless explicitly requested otherwise. 

  1. Budget: Budgets must conform with rules of the proposer's department, school, and the university. The proposer must check with appropriate entities to be sure their items meet such criteria before submitting the budget. UCITE approves on the basis of its appropriateness. UCITE approval does not imply conformance to university rules (such as the need to obtain IRB approval) which are the responsibility of the proposer. The budget should list the title and amount of prior Nord Grants received by the requester and be signed by the department chair or other appropriate supervisory authority in schools where there is not department structure.
  2. Eligibility: Eligible faculty must expect to stay with the university for a significant amount of time. Visiting faculty, SAGES Fellows, and graduate students are are not normally eligible unless their activities will benefit CWRU students after the grant recipient has left the university.    
  3. Final Report: Within two months after the award period ends, the proposer must file a brief report on spending and  project accomplishments, including impact on student learning.  A summary of budget expenditures must also be included.
  4. Public Presentation:  At the end of each academic year, Nord Grant recipients who have completed their projects will give a short public presentation at a Nord Grant forum.  As an example, a recipient who completes their project by March 31 of any given academic year, should be prepared to present at the end of that spring semester.
  5. Publicity: Grant recipients may be invited record a brief talk about their project for the UCITE website or other university publicity purposes.

Nord Grants Awarded

The following faculty were awarded grants to fund the listed proposals. 

Date Investigator Department Award Proposal
January, 2017 Lauren Calandruccio Psychological Sciences and Communication Sciences 2,000  Using the Immersive Hearing Loss and Prosthesis Simulator (i-HeLPS) to Improve Learning in Communication Sciences
January, 2017 Vincent Graziano Math 4,000  Developing Software to Increase Student Engagement in Mathematics
January, 2017 James Overholser


3,240  Teaching Psychological Topics Through Classroom Discussion, Games and Activities
January, 2017 Alp Sehirlioglu

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

6,000 Introduction of Holographic Teaching in Materials Science 
January, 2017 Rekha Srinivasan Chemistry 2,600 

Novel Hierarchical approach to flipped class-room involving graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants with peer-peer learning-Phase II

January, 2017 Horst von Recum Biomedical Engineering $5,200

Evaluating the effect of academic technology on student learning outcomes

Date Investigator Department Award Proposal
January, 2016 Lauren Calandruccio Psychological Sciences and Communication Sciences $920  Enhancing Classroom Education for Undergraduate Students in Communication Sciences
January, 2016 Vincent Graziano Mathematics and Applied Statistics $2,118  Streamlining Lectures for Undergraduate Students in Mathematics
January, 2016 Paul Iversen Classics $8,200  Experiential Learning in Field Archaeology and Epigraphy
January, 2016 Amy Przeworski, Marc Buchner Psychological Sciences $6,940  Comparing Augmented Reality vs Virtual Reality in Psychological Sciences Research 
January, 2016 David Preston Neurology $4,025 Neuroimaging in Neurology 
January, 2016 Silvia Saccon Mathematics and Applied Statistics $1115

 Implementing Inquiry-Orientated Curricula for Advanced Mathematics

Date Investigator Department Award Proposal
January, 2015 Megan Holmes and Zoe Breen Wood MSASS $5000

Evaluating the effect of academic technology on student learning outcomes

January, 2015 Cheryl Killion Nursing $1415 A‌ttend a seminar on teaching using the case method
January, 2015 Scott Simpson Anatomy $7380 Developing a 3D atlas of human and primate skeletal materials
Date Investigator Department Award Proposal
January, 2014 Chris Fietkiewicz Electrical Engineering and Computer Science $3500

Multiplayer Quiz System for Self-Assessment

January, 2014 Masahiro Heima Dentistry $3950 Behavioral Science Course in Dental Fear and Anxiety
January, 2014 Daniel Lacks Chemical Engineering $4000 International Engineering Entrepreneurship Course Offering in Developing Countries
July, 2014 Corbin Covault Physics $5040 Towards A Flipped Classroom for Introductory Physics
July, 2014 David Hammack History $3000 U.S. History for International Students
July, 2014 Mingguo Hong Electrical Engineering and Computer Science $4070 Software for Power Systems Analysis
July, 2014 Barbara Kuemerle Biology $5000 A Longitudinal Study to Assess LearningRetention
July, 2014 Rekha Srinivasan Chemistry $900 Active Learning in Organic Chemistry
July, 2014 Nicole Steinmetz Biomedical Engineering $5000 Nanoman II
Date Investigator Department Award Proposal
January, 2013 Nicole Steinmetz Biomedical Engineering $5000 Nanoman
January, 2013 Jing Li Electrical Engineering and Computer Science $3223 App Development for iOS
January, 2013 Lisa Koops Music $4000 Center in Music and Teaching
January, 2013 Susan Case Political Science $4000 Outcome Learning Assessment, SAGES
January, 2013 Tatiana Zilotina Modern Languages and Literature $1800 Russian for Heritage Speakers
January, 2013 Jeffrey Ullom Theater $2000 Musical Theater, SAGES
July, 2013 John Fredieu Anatomy $5450 3-D Modeling of Anatomical Structures
July, 2013 Noelle Giuffrida Art History $2681 Issues in the Arts of China: Chinese Contemporary Art
July, 2013 Charles Tannenbaum Molecular Medicine $4000 Initiation of a Laboratory Component for Molecular Methods and Tools
January, 2013 Todd Oakley Cognitive Science $3425 Autism, Intersubjectivity & Language
January, 2013 Peter Zimmerman International Health, Genetics and Biology $5000 Whole Genome Sequencing and Bioinformatic Analyses to Undergraduate Students
Date Investigator Department Award Proposal
January, 2012 Kelly McMann Political Science $2000 Understanding Democratization through Original Data Analysis
January, 2012 Peter Yang Modern Languages and Literature $5500 Independent Study in Chinese (CHIN 399)
July, 2012 T. J. McCallum Psychological Sciences $1944.50 Aging and Functional Change
July, 2012 Michael Pollino Psychological Sciences $3507 Experiential Learning of Structural Systems for Undergraduate Engineering Students
Date Investigator Department Award Proposal
January, 2011 Linda Ehrlich Modern Languages and Literature $2493 Topics in World Literature (WLIT) 390: ShadowPlay (An Interdisciplinary course)
January, 2011 John Fredieu Anatomy $5520 Specimen Conservation for Anatomy 491
January, 2011 Dan Lacks Chemical Engineering $2500 ENGR 225B: "Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer (in Botswana)"
January, 2011 Jenifer Neils Art History $1850 Parthenon Frieze Video Project
July, 2011 Celeste Alfes Nursing $2500 Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators
July, 2011 Ricardo Apostol Classics $5669 Greece Classics Seminar, American School of Classical Studies
July, 2011 Patrizia Bonaventura Psychology $2012 Instrumental Measurements in Speech Science
July, 2011 Mary Grimm English $1325 ENGL 376 Studies in Genre: Urban Fantasy
July, 2011 Dan Lacks Chemical Engineering $2000 Collaboration with the University of Dakar, Senegal
Date Investigator Department Award Proposal
July, 2010 Darin Croft Anatomy $2030 Creating a guide to skull identification of the main mammal groups
July, 2010 Paul Iversen Classics $5440 Experiential learning course on Landscape Archaeology and Epigraphy
July, 2010 Carol Savrin Nursing $2099 Study of clicker effectiveness in nursing school courses
July, 2010 Robert Spadoni English $1250 Materials to develop a course and text on early horror films
July, 2010 Gary Wnek Biomedical Engineering $5000 Support for course in biomedical design