Faculty Development Microgrants


OFDA Microgrants are designed to support course improvement efforts or career development by SD Mines Faculty.  The Microgrants are intended to provide funds for ideas that will seed improvements in areas such as student learning, teaching infrastructure, and professional development.  


All full-time faculty, including lecturers, research scientists and tenure track professors, are welcome to apply.

Teams of faculty are welcome to apply.  One member of the team should be identified as the corresponding faculty member.


Approximately $5000 in funds are available for Fall - Spring 2022-23.

Individual course improvement grants not involving travel will be $750.  Teams of 3 or more faculty members may request up to $1250.

Travel requests will be considered for $500 and must include a pedagogical component.  Software purchase requests must be pre-approved by ITS prior to application. Money may not be used to cover salary of any type.  Funds must be used and/or travel be completed by May 31, 2023.  


Please include the following in your application

  1. Name of applicant or applicants, department(s) and job title(s); 
  2. A brief overview of the proposed activity. 
  3. A short explanation of how the microgrant will improve student learning, classroom experience or career development. 
  4. A metric or assessment method for measuring success of the proposed activity or activities. 
  5. A proposal for disseminating the results of the microgrant to campus.

Please send your application, no more than 2 pages in length to by 5:00 pm Friday, September 23, 2022.

Spring 2022 Microgrant Recipients

Teaching and Research Enrichment Grants ($750)

Dr. Ilke Celik, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Katrina Donovan, Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Dr. Tugba Ozdemir, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

Dr. Joseph Thalakkottor, Mechanical Engineering

Travel Grants ($500)

Dr. Nickloaus Bruno, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Johnica Morrow,  Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Dr. Sayan Roy, Electrical Engineering

Dr. Bryce Tellmann, Humanities

OFDA Spring 2022 Microgrant Application