Technology Innovation in Educational Research and Design (TIER-ED) is a campus-wide initiative based out of the College of Education that seeks to build a community of interdisciplinary researchers and designers developing applications of new technologies to address critical issues in education and learning. TIER-ED aspires to draw expertise from across University of Illinois to strengthen capacity for interdisciplinary research, increase the student population working on innovative technological solutions for solving critical educational problems, attract external funding, and cultivate and extend partnerships with industries and other partners to create internships and career options for students with research interests related to TIER-ED. This initiative strongly encourages designing, developing, building, trialing, assessing, scaling, and disseminating, and commercializing evidence-based, replicable, cutting-edge, and transformational technological tools, solutions, and platforms to support, enhance and create innovative learning environments and practices.
The TIER-ED Pilot Projects Program is designed to foster inter- or trans-disciplinary intellectual engagement through funding pilot or proof-of-concept projects to better position faculty teams for competitive external funding and have more collaborative research opportunities for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in TIER-ED focused areas. It encourages implementation of projects that highlight not only strong scope for building connections with the community and opportunities for public engagement but also possibility of creating, analyzing, and implementing technology enhanced products in the community through schools and museums.
The target for this call is to fund multiple proposals for up to $15,000 per proposal. Funding will support interdisciplinary research teams and can be for initial development and/or specific pilot research to generate sufficient findings to position the project for competitive external proposal submission.