d’Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education

MIT Council on Educational Technology
Committee on the Undergraduate Program

Call for Preliminary Proposals

Over the past three years MIT has funded a number of exciting educational initiatives with resources provided through the Alex and Brit d’Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education, Project iCampus, other alumni and School support. At a recent workshop where d’Arbeloff Grant awardees met to share their experiences, some common themes emerged around the importance of improving the first year program and of developing more project-based and active learning activities to enhance conceptual understanding.

With those themes in mind, the Council on Educational Technology (CET), in collaboration with the Committee on the Undergraduate Program (CUP), is again soliciting preliminary proposals for ambitious projects to enhance and potentially transform the educational experience of MIT students. In particular, the CET and the CUP are eager to build on the momentum established by these early successes and by the energy and ideas of faculty, students and staff. (You will find a list of grants that have been funded to date at http://web.mit.edu/cet/init/index.html.) Proposals may come from any member of the MIT community, and there is a special category for proposals from students.

Completed preliminary proposals are due February 18, 2003. Members of the CET Grants Subcommittee and the Committee on the Undergraduate Program will review the preliminary proposals. Applicants who pass the initial screening process will be contacted and invited to submit final proposals, which will be due in late March. Awards will be announced in time for work on projects to begin in late spring or early summer.

Preliminary Proposals for 2003-2004 Educational Projects

The CET and the CUP are particularly interested in ideas and initiatives in the areas described below. However, please do not feel that you are confined to these topics; any preliminary proposal that has educational significance for MIT is welcome. In addition, since the CUP has the authority to approve limited educational experiments, proposals for educational innovation need not conform strictly to current Institute program requirements.

Although some of the educational initiatives funded thus far through this program incorporate educational technology in a substantial way, others do not. The main criterion for success is that a proposal is pedagogically sound, not that it simply enables the use of technology in the classroom.

Areas of interest: (Please see below for details)


Preliminary proposals are preferred that include one or more of the following elements:

Requirements and Restrictions:

Preliminary Proposals:

The preliminary proposals (2-3 pages) should explain the project’s objectives, and how it relates to the areas of interest and the criteria outlined above. A rough estimate of the budget request should be included. The preliminary proposals should be sent to Joanne Straggas (joanne@mit.edu) by February 18, 2003. Please contact Joanne if you would like additional information: (joanne@mit.edu, 3-6322).

If the scope of your project (e.g. relatively small number of students involved) suggests that it might not be appropriate for a d’Arbeloff grant, please keep in mind that in the spring semester there will be an RFP issued for the Alumni Class funds to support educational initiatives

Target Areas for 2003-2004