FIRE Grants

Request for Proposals

Priority Consideration Submission Window: May 2023 – September 2023

Detroit Mercy’s CETL is excited to extend the Finding Innovation & Results in Education  (FIRE) Grants for its second cycle. These funds are for faculty and can be used for applied practice or research of teaching, learning, and/or student support. Submissions are encouraged from individuals or teams pursuing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) 1 ; developing new or existing courses; implementing high-impact teaching practice(s) 2 ; improving student engagement/outcomes, especially related to underrepresented student populations; or creating Inter-Professional Education (IPE) 3/Interdisciplinary 4 experiences. Faculty that have not previously received a FIRE Grant award will be given precedence.

Physician Assistant students using auscultation mannequins funded by the FIRE Grant.

FIRE Grant Objectives:

  1. Develop or incorporate high-impact, active-learning practices into courses/programs
  2. Improve assessment of student learning outcomes
  3. Improve course/program support and/or learning outcome strategies for underrepresented populations
  4. Develop IPE and/or cross-discipline experiences for university students
  5. Increase University mission awareness through the curriculum
Spark GrantsFlame Grants
Requires proposal submissionRequires proposal submission
Up to $200$1-5k
Intended for small fiscal needsLarger projects/needs
Rolling applicationsProposal deadline Sept. 2 Extended to Sept. 20th, 2022
Reflection ReportReport & Sharing plan

To submit a proposal: please review the Request For Proposal Details and complete the Budget template as described in the Request For Proposal Details document. If you have any questions about submission, please contact Michael Verdusco ( or 313-993-1299)

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[1] Prosser, Michael (2008) “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: What is it? A Personal View,” International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Vol. 2: No. 2, Article 2. 
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[2] AAC&C High-Impact Educational Practices: A Brief Overview  

AAC&C Chart of High-Impact Practices:  

[3] National Science Foundation (NSF). What is Interdisciplinary Research?

[4] Olenick, M., Allen, L. R., & Smego, R. A., Jr (2010). Interprofessional education: a concept analysis.  Advances in medical education and practice,  1, 75–84.