The South African Society of Engineering Education would like to support new researchers in engineering education by offering grants of up to R20 000. The grants are intended to support new researchers developing research skills in engineering education that will help both advance the researcher’s career and expand the engineering education community in South Africa.
Applicants should hold an academic or research position at a South African academic institution, and should not have substantial research experience in engineering education.
Applications will be evaluated by the SASEE Board and awards will be made on the following criteria:
- Relevance to the South African engineering education community;
- Originality of the proposed research;
- Appropriateness and feasibility of proposed methodology and method;
- Capacity of the applicant to complete the proposed research project within the timeframe and budget;
*Note that Collaborations between institutions and researchers are highly encouraged.
**Also note that while proposals on all themes are welcome, proposals addressing the 4th Industrial Revolution skills gap and development are of special thematic interest in this round.
|Timeframe for Applications and Awards|
|Call for proposals||December 2021|
|Proposals due||Monday, 28 March 2022|
|Winners announced||31 May 2022|
|First progress report due||Monday 6 March 2023|
|Second progress report due||Monday 2 September 2023|
|Final report and research presentation||2024 (at SASEE conference)|
Dr Bruce Kloot offers advice:
Responsibilities of Grant Holders
Recipients of a SASEE Research Grant must:
- Submit a brief report (< 1 page) detailing progress and financial expenditure to the SASEE General Secretary twice a year.
- Submit a full research paper to the next SASEE biennial conference.
- Present their project and findings at the SASEE conference even if the paper is not accepted.
- Submit a final report including a final summary, financial expenditure, and full paper manuscript to the SASEE General Secretary at the SASEE conference;
- Produce a visual summary of their work for posting on the SASEE website.
Any deviation from the proposed budget must be approved by the SASEE board, and any unspent funding shall be returned to SASEE at the end of the grant period. Travel to the SASEE conference for the grant holder will be funded and arranged by SASEE, therefore should not be included in the project budget. Grant funds may include support for undergraduate researchers (working with the grant holder) but may not be spent on computers, administrative assistance, or teaching relief.
Winners will be notified by email and award funding distributed as soon as possible. Funds will be distributed via the appropriate fund management mechanism at the host institution.