2024 Data Science Course Development Grant Program

Link to pdf of full Request for Proposals

Goals: The Texas A&M Institute of Data Science (TAMIDS), in association with the Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), solicits proposals for enhancing Data Science education at Texas A&M. The aim of the TAMIDS Course Development Program is to support faculty to develop new courses in Data Science (including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning within the program scope) or to revamp existing courses to include Data Science components. The program supports the development of for-credit courses entailing at least three SCH for graduate and undergraduate Texas A&M students, training programs for Texas A&M communities, or external educational outreach that entails a similar participant effort. Possible proposed deliverables include but are not limited to, class notes, videos, labs, homework, and exam problem sets. The funds are intended to support time for the proposer to design and develop the course curriculum and deliverables, and can also support associated faculty, researchers, or students engaged in the proposed development activities. The funding does not support the delivery of the proposed program when completed. 

Criteria for 2024: Since course development strengthens translation from related research activities, TAMIDS particularly encourages submissions related to one or more of the following:

  • Rapidly growing and high-impact areas in AI, such as Generative AI and Large Language Models.
  • Priority areas identified in national-level reports and initiatives, such as the US Presidential Executive Order on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence.
  • Major strategic initiatives within Texas A&M involving opportunities for Data Science, Machine Learning, and AI.
  • Broadening knowledge of Data Science, Machine Learning, and AI in new Texas A&M communities.

Support: TAMIDS will provide up to $15,000 in unrestricted funds deposited in the lead proposer’s research account for accepted proposals. The funds will be deposited in two installments, the first $10,000 at the start of the project, and the remaining $5,000 when the proposed deliverables are completed and any new course submitted to the Curricular Approval Request System (CARS), by December 31, 2025. TAMIDS has developed resources for credit-bearing courses and non-credit-bearing training in Data Science and is able to assist awardees who wish to adapt or utilize these resources within their project. Details concerning these resources are available at https://tamids.tamu.edu

Eligibility: Individual and team proposals are allowed. The lead proposer must be a full-time Tenured / Tenure Track or Instructional Track faculty of any level with a primary affiliation in Texas A&M University (including the Galveston and Qatar campuses), TEES, TEEX, AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension, or TTI. Collaboration outside these organizations is permitted, but funds will only be available to personnel within these organizations.

Limitations: Each person may be a proposer (lead or otherwise) for only one proposal per review cycle.

Deadline: Proposals will be accepted up to the deadline date of March 4, 2024, 11:59 pm CST.

Proposal Review: Proposals will be reviewed competitively by a committee established by the TAMIDS Director, with awards being communicated by April 15, 2024.

Further Details and Application Procedures: are described in the full RFP

Information on Previous Awards: for the 20212022, and 2023 programs.

Contact Information: Jennifer South, TAMIDS, jsouth@tamu.edu