Academic Innovation Fund

The Center for Academic Innovation and SiemensUSA are partnering to support and encourage the development of new MOOC specializations in cutting-edge spaces!  Together, they are providing University of Michigan faculty the opportunity to receive with up to $75,000 in financial stipends and $150,000 or more of in-kind expertise and support from the CAI and Siemens teams in a brand new “Breakthrough Technology” Call for Proposals.
They’d love to partner with faculty to develop a set of MOOCs in one of the following innovative areas:
  • The Future of Mobility
  • Digital Twins
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Model-based Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
These courses will help provide real-world skill-building opportunities for our global community of learners and created content can be re-used to enhance residential courses as well.
Chosen proposals will receive:
  • up to $75,000 in financial support from Academic Innovation and Siemens
  • at least $150,000 in in-kind support from Academic Innovation in the form of instructional design consultation, project management, and media production
  • potential for shared revenue generated from specialization certificates
  • access to Siemens expertise that includes software, subject matter consultation, product support, project collaboration, etc.
  • IP and copyright ownership of created course materials
Faculty may apply as individuals or as part of a team.  Proposals are due May 15.  For more information, please visit