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The Engineering Excellence Fund is updating this website to better serve the needs of students and educators at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

The website content and format will be improving throughout the summer of 2017. Please contact us if you have any questions.



EEF Provides 3 Funding Pathways

Mini
Proposals

Proposed amounts up to $3000 are awarded twice yearly: Fall and Spring cycles. Mini Proposals are utilized for student teams, prototyping education innovations, and curriculum development!

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Major
Proposals

Proposed amounts with no dollar cap are awarded once yearly during a Spring cycle. Major Proposals are utilized for larger student groups, laboratory upgrades, and larger projects!

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Fixed
Commitments

Opportunities, education spaces, and programs that EEF believes should be funded every year! EEF re-evaluates Fixed Commitments every Fall to best consider student needs.

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EEF Activities, Funding Cycles, and Deadlines

Start of EEF Funding Year

September

EEF Committee begins regular meetings.

Fall Mini Proposal – RFP Available

September

Proposals are accepted during a one month period ending in October.

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EEF Reviews Fixed Commitments

September

Fixed Commitments conduct presentations on their projects and facilities.

Fall Mini Proposals Due!

October

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EEF Review of Fall Mini Proposals

October-November

The EEF Committee hears presentations from Mini Proposal teams and deliberates on proposed funding.

Mini Proposal Funding Announced

November

EEF distributes award letters to proposal teams.

Spring Mini and Major Proposals – RFP Available

December

Mini Proposals are accepted through the end of January.

Major Proposals are accepted through the end of February.

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Spring Mini Proposals Due!

January

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EEF Review of Spring Mini Proposals

February-March

The EEF Committee hears presentations from Mini Proposal teams and deliberates on proposed funding.

Major Proposals Due!

February

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Spring Mini Proposal Funding Announced

March

EEF distributes award letters to proposal teams.

EEF Review of Major Proposals

March-April

The EEF Committee deliberates on proposed funding.

Sullivan-Carlson Award – Nominations Close

April

The Sullivan-Carlson award is bestowed annually to a CU Boulder Engineering faculty member for outstanding contributions to student learning.

Please submit all nominations through the Award Portal

Major Proposal Funding Announced

April

EEF distributes award letters to Major proposals.

New Member Recruitment

April-May

EEF conducts new member interviews for the following academic year!
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Fixed Commitments

Descriptions, Details, and Examples coming soon!

Check out the FAQ about Fixed Commitments!

The EEF Committee reviews the Fixed Commitments every Fall semester to best serve the students. Please contact the EEF Committee with any questions and comments so that the we may best serve our engineering students!

ITL Program
Current Annual Funding: $503,171

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Point of Contact:
Jacquelyn Sullivan
Implementing Hands-On Learning

Implementing Hands-On Learning

The Integrated Teaching and Learning (ITL) facility is a premier collection of teaching pedagogy, student manufacturing and prototyping facilities, and learning opportunities.
Access to the ITLL and all of the specialty courses helped further advance my engineering experience.
TrevorFormer Student

Student Prototyping and Manufacturing

Student Prototyping and Manufacturing

The Idea Forge is just that. It is the combination of cutting edge prototyping equipment combined with experienced technicians to enable students unequaled access to techniques and expertise when realizing projects.
Idea Forge
Current Annual Funding: $250,000


Point of Contact:
Idea Forge

The Idea Forge provides the tools and expertise to turn ideas into amazing inventions, projects, and entrepreneurial opportunities.
TrevorFormer Student

Herbst Humanities Program
Current Annual Funding: $62,927

Point of Contact:
Leland Giovannelli
Development of Curriculum

Development of Curriculum

The Herbst Humanities program is constantly developing and adapting the curriculum.
The Herbst program integrates study of the humanities in ways that are both challenging and rewarding for engineering students.
TrevorFormer Student

Discretionary Fund for Education Initiatives

Discretionary Fund for Education Initiatives

The Associate Dean for Education is awarded a discretionary fund to further student learning at a strategic level.
Associate Dean for Education
Current Annual Funding: $62,610


Point of Contact:
Ken Anderson

There currently exists a strategic partnership between the Engineering Excellence Fund and the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
TrevorFormer Student

Discovery Learning Center
Current Annual Funding: $50,000

Point of Contact:
Sharon E. Anderson
Operating Expenses and Apprenticeships

Operating Expenses and Apprenticeships

Discovery Learning Apprenticeships (DLAs) provide undergarduate students the opportunity to work on cutting edge research with graduate student and faculty mentors.
DLC programs like the Discovery Learning Apprenticeships (DLA) are unique in that they provide early, hands-on exposure to research for undergraduate engineering students.
TrevorFormer Student

Discretionary Fund for Graduate Initiatives

Discretionary Fund for Graduate Initiatives

The Associate Dean for Graduate Programs is awarded a discretionary fund to further graduate student learning and engagement at a strategic level.
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Current Annual Funding: $30,000

Point of Contact:
Keith Molenaar
There currently exists a strategic partnership between the Engineering Excellence Fund and the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
TrevorFormer Student

BOLD Center
Current Annual Funding: $22,927

Point of Contact:
Sharon E. Anderson
Student Success Tutoring Center

Student Success Tutoring Center

Student success and retention is strongly dependent on the support the College provides. The BOLD center strives to support students through access to engineering course tutoring at all undergraduate levels.
The BOLD Center's tutoring program continually provides one-on-one tutoring for many engineering classes.
TrevorFormer Student

Awarding Excellence in Education

Awarding Excellence in Education

The Sullivan-Carlson Innovation in Education Award is presented by the Engineering Excellence Fund as recognition of one professor each year who makes an extra effort to involve students in hands-on, engaged learning.
Sullivan-Carlson Innovation in Education Award
Current Annual Funding: $2,000

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Point of Contact:
EEF Committee
It is important that teaching quality be recognized to further CU Boulder as a premier engineering education institution.
TrevorFormer Student


Learn More about Fixed Commitments

How are Fixed Commitments decided?

Fixed Commitments are evaluated every Fall semester. The Committee considers student feedback and the information provided by the Fixed Commitment in the update presentation to decide whether to continue or alter the annual funding.

How do Fixed Commitments justify the annual funding?

Each Fixed Commitment is required to perform annual updates to the EEF Committee. These updates include number of students served, contributions to student learning, strategic goals, and budget breakdowns.

We Want Student Feedback on Fixed Commitments!

The EEF Committee reviews the Fixed Commitments every Fall semester to best serve the students. Please contact the EEF Committee with any questions and comments so that the we may best serve our engineering students!

Fixed Commitment Feedback Form

* Please provide your name and email if you would like a response

Major Proposals

Descriptions, Details, and Examples coming soon!

Maximum Amount of Funding?

No Limit

The sum of all funded proposals is limited by the available yearly funding. Available: $400k-500k.

What are Department / Program Rankings?

Required!

Your Department or Program Chair must rank all department / program proposals. Proposals not ranked are disqualified.


Learn More about Major Proposals

What are “Requests for Response”?

These questions require a response for the Major proposal to be considered. These are questions the EEF Committee sends to the proposal team within a couple weeks following the Major Proposal submission deadline.

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Mini Proposals

Descriptions, Details, and Examples coming soon!

Maximum Amount of Funding?

$3000

per funding cycle

What are the Funding Cycles?

Semesterly Submission and Evaluation of Proposals.


Learn More about Mini Proposals

What are “Matching Funds” and how do they help?

Matching funds are contributions to your project from sources other than the request from EEF. The EEF Committee examines matching funds to help determine the level of support, or “buy-in”, from sources internal and external to the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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