Archive for June, 2010

Overlooked IES provides several great funding opportunities

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is often overlooked by grantseekers despite its relatively large award sizes and broad scope. Opportunities for education research range from early childhood to postdoctoral education, and the diversity of funding categories within each opportunity offers something for just about any applicant.

Responses were due yesterday for several of the FY11 RFAs, but most of the programs accept a second round of submissions September 16th. The full list of opportunities is available here.

Notably, the Education Research Grants bear a striking resemblance to the i3 program and would be a good fit for some of the smaller i3 Development proposals or for applicants looking to conduct a rigorous (and funded!) evaluation of current programs prior to applying for Validation or Scale-up award under a future i3 opportunity. Awards range from $200,000 over two years to almost $5 million over four years.

The best thing about IES funding: fewer applicants means less competition, and less competition means better odds of funding for solid proposals.

The Department of Education has unveiled

Unlike the portal provided through the Open Government site (used by NSF and several other federal agencies), is very easy to use. It’ll be interesting to see how it evolves.

Fund for Improving Post-Secondary Education

The Department of Education published its complete announcement for FIPSE this week.

Applications are due July 29th. The Department anticipates making 37 three-year awards between $500,000 and $750,000 each.

This year’s program has eight invitational priorities:

Invitational Priority 1.
Under this priority, we are particularly interested in centers of excellence for teacher preparation as described in section 242 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA).

Invitational Priority 2.
Under this priority, we are particularly interested in university sustainability initiatives as described in section 881 of HEA.

Invitational Priority 3.
Under this priority, we are particularly interested in rural development initiatives for rural-serving colleges and universities as described in section 861 of HEA.

Invitational Priority 4.
Under this priority, we are particularly interested in initiatives to assist highly qualified minorities and women to acquire doctoral degrees in fields where they are underrepresented as described in section 807 of HEA.

Invitational Priority 5.
Under this priority, we are particularly interested in modeling and simulation programs as described in section 891 of HEA.

Invitational Priority 6.
Under this priority, we are particularly interested in higher education consortia to design and offer interdisciplinary programs that focus on poverty and human capability as described in section 741(a)(11) of HEA.

Invitational Priority 7.
Under this priority, we are particularly interested in innovative postsecondary models to improve college matriculation and graduation rates, including activities to facilitate transfer of credits between institutions of higher education (IHEs), alignment of curricula on a State or multi-State level between high schools and colleges and between two-year and four-year postsecondary programs, dual enrollment, articulation agreements, partnerships between high schools and community colleges, and partnerships between K-12 organizations and colleges for college access and retention programs.

Invitational Priority 8.
Under this priority, we are particularly interested in activities to develop or enhance educational partnerships and cross-cultural cooperation between postsecondary educational institutions in the United States and similar institutions in Haiti.

NSF Rapid Response Grants available for oil spill research

The National Science Foundation issued a dear colleague letter last week encouraging researchers to use the agency’s Rapid Response Grants mechanism to request funding for studies of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and its effects.

If you’re wondering just how rapid the Rapid Response grants are, take note: the agency announced a Rapid Response award to UC Santa Barbara just 31 days after the start of the spill to study the effects of dispersants on microbial degradation of oil.

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