Faculty Grant

Award Information


To provide an annual financial incentive to faculty members in ABET-accredited engineering programs to revise their existing course(s) or to develop new courses to teach nondestructive testing and evaluation.


Faculty members from ABET-accredited engineering programs. Faculty member(s) must meet the requirements for curriculum and teaching requirements as required by the nominating university.  No more than one (1) proposal per faculty member shall be considered annually.

Method of Selection

The University Programs Committee selects up to two $10,000 grants each year, pending merit and number of submissions.

Evaluation Criteria:

A critical review will be made of all proposals by the committee, using the following guidelines or other appropriate criteria as bases, agreed by the committee members based on their experience and the contents and quality of the submitted proposals:

  • Potential contribution to NDT
  • Impact on current curriculum
  • Thoroughness of approach
  • Documentation on number of students likely to be impacted
  • Level of cost-sharing
  • Qualification of faculty members
  • Letter of support from departmental administrator
*See recommended format for proposals below.

Form of Award

$10,000 in funding and Certificate in Walnut Frame

Materials Submitted

Proposal (see below)

Award Timeline

  • Announcements are made in the: September Issue of Materials Evaluation
  • Applications begin 1st of September and end 1st of December (All applications must be electronically)
  • The University Programs Committee will provide its recommendation to the ASNT Board of Directors during ASNT’s Research Symposium
  • Recipients will be notified following the Research Symposium
  • Funding will begin in: May (50% awarded at start); 25% upon filing final report; 25% on report approval
  • Awards will be presented at ASNT’s Annual Conference
  • Submission of written Final Report on the completed study or activity must be submitted one month following the stated completion date of the proposed program that would describe in detail the course outline, textbooks and references and laboratory materials that were developed and include originals of any audio-visual materials developed. Please submit final report to Michelle Thomas, Administrative Assistant, at: mthomas@asnt.org.
  • The Final Report shall be reviewed and approved by the committee.  In cases where the committee may find that all of the work or documentation of the work is not adequately presented in the Final Report, the Committee shall instruct ASNT Headquarters to request the faculty member to submit a revised report.


All Faculty Grant proposals should be formatted as follows:

The proposal shall describe a program that has as its principal objective the modification of an existing course or courses or the development of a new course to teach nondestructive testing principles, methods, and applications.

Length: The proposal, with all supporting materials, should not exceed twenty single-sided sheets in reasonable font size (single-spaced).

Title Page: The title page should list the title, the university name, the name of the faculty member submitting the proposal, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address(es).

Abstract: A brief executive summary of the nature and scope of the course development to be performed.

Grant Proposal: This should contain a detailed description of the modifications to existing course content and material, or development of new course contents and materials indicating the objectives, planned approach, and expected results, including the number of students likely to be impacted.

Program of Study: This should provide a brief description of the existing curriculum and how the modification or additions will impact and integrate with the overall department curriculum.  A brief catalog description of the indicated courses would be helpful.
Budget: The proposed use of the ASNT Faculty Grant funds should be indicated explicitly.  It is anticipated that the grant funds shall be used to pay faculty salaries, purchase curriculum materials, audio-visual or online content.  None of the ASNT Faculty Grant funds can be used for overhead or indirect institution expenses.  Substantial cost-sharing by faculty member’s institution is expected.

Biographical Information: Background information on the lead faculty member and any other faculty member involved must be included. In addition, please complete the ASNT’s Biographical Data Form for this information (download form below).

Departmental Support: A letter of support from the departmental administrator is required.

*The proposal must be signed by the faculty member and by an official authorized to commit the institution in business affairs.

Current Award Recipient(s)

  • Todd Sulchek
    Todd Sulchek
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Xiaoning Jiang
    Xiaoning Jiang
    North Carolina State University

Past Award Recipients

Download: Past Faculty Grant Recipients

HQ Contact

For additional award information, please contact:

Michelle Thomas
Awards Administration
ASNT, Inc.
1711 Arlingate Lane
PO Box 28518
Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-274-6003 Ext. 223
Fax: 614-274-6899
Email: mthomas@asnt.org