Course Implementation or Redesign

The purpose of the course implementation or redesign funding mechanism is to:

  1. Enhance undergraduate students' interest in STEM and social behavioral sciences at MSU.
  2. Increase enrollment and retention of undergraduate students in relevant disciplines of study at MSU.
  3. Increase the number of undergraduate students who will successfully transition into post-graduate research training in disciplines relevant to the NIH mission.

Specifically, course redesign funding supports the implementation (not conceptualization or development) of new courses or the redesign of existing courses, based on student-centered pedagogies and/or state-of-the-art educational technologies that are likely to increase student performance, retention and graduation rates, as indicated by the literature in the field. Funding for course development supports the implementation of new (preferably interdisciplinary) STEM and/or social/behavioral sciences courses, designed to increase student preparedness for NIH-relevant research and entry into graduate school.


  • Course implementation: Only tenure-track and tenured faculty are eligible. 
  • Course redesign: Tenured, tenure-track, and full-time contractual faculty are eligible.


  • Sunday, January 21, 2018

Technical Assistance:

Period of Performance:

  • Faculty will work on their course during summer 2018, and then implement the course in fall 2018 or spring 2019.

Award Date:

  • We aim to make funds available by June 2018 for selected proposals (contingent on NIH review and approval). 


  • Course proposals will be reviewed by an ad hoc committee of faculty from MSU and partner institutions who have relevant disciplinary background, and then by NIH for final approval.


  • Maximum $18,000; the budget must be proportional to the effort required and must be accompanied by a detailed budget justification. 
  • We reserve the right to amend the budgets of applications that are selected.
  • Funding can be requested for:
    • Partial faculty summer salary to generate all teaching modules and laboratory exercises needed for teaching the course.
    • Salary for students to serve as teaching assistants (maximum of 20% effort) during the summer or during the first implementation of the course.
    • Supplies, small equipment items, software, or subscriptions necessary to establish and conduct the course.

Number of Awards:

  • We anticipate granting 3 to 4 awards.