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Increasing the probability of Success with Competitive grant proposals. Sources of Funding. Federal agencies – 23 provide grants and contracts – NSF, ED, HUD, DOJ, NEA, NEH, DOD, USDA, EPA, VA, DOT, DOE, DOC, CNCS, NASA, State, DOL, Treasury, Archives, DHHS, Interior, SSA, IMLS

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Sources of funding
Sources of Funding grant proposals

  • Federal agencies – 23 provide grants and contracts – NSF, ED, HUD, DOJ, NEA, NEH, DOD, USDA, EPA, VA, DOT, DOE, DOC, CNCS, NASA, State, DOL, Treasury, Archives, DHHS, Interior, SSA, IMLS

  • Private Foundations - hundreds with educational focus; dozens, locally

  • State, City, County and Local governments

  • Corporations – both for-profit and non-profit

    TO DO

  • Research, basic and applied

  • Training and Fellowships

  • Instruction and curricular development

  • Clinical trials, testing enterprises

  • Public Service/Engagement – not for credit education, not research, but possibly involving evaluation


Contact with funding agency foundation
Contact with funding agency/foundation grant proposals

Information to obtain from Annual Report, website, and program staff

  • Program Priorities

  • Procedures for review

  • Evaluation criteria

  • Deadlines and Target Dates

  • Funding record- types of projects funded

  • Success ratio

  • Proposal guidelines


Nsf ies common guidelines for education r d 8 2013
NSF/IES “Common Guidelines for Education R&D” (8/2013) grant proposals

  • An amazing document that defines six types of research and provides examples of actual funded projects

  • Foundational Research – theoretically driven basic science

  • Early stage or exploratory research – correlational studies

  • Design and development research – tests solutions to achieve an outcome or goal

  • Efficacy research -- tests a strategy or intervention under “ideal” conditions

  • Effectiveness research – tests a strategy under normal circumstances

  • Scale-up research – examines effectiveness in multiple contexts


Generic grant and contract submission processes
Generic grant and contract submission processes grant proposals

NLU-Institutional Rep

Officially submits proposal

responsible for fiscal, human subjects, other compliance issues

Dean/Unit Head

Responsible for program delivery

Faculty Member

Responsible for idea and execution

Agency/Foundation

Log-in

Pre-screen

Program Officer

Responsible for review process and decision/recommendation


Generic grant and contract award processes
Generic grant and contract grant proposalsaward processes

NLU-Institutional Rep

Officially accepts award,

responsible for fiscal, human subjects, other compliance issues

Dean/Unit Head

Responsible for program delivery

Faculty Member

Responsible for idea and execution

Agency/Foundation

Possible Review by Board

Grant/Contract Fiscal Officer

Signs-off on award, terms and conditions, funding level

Internal review by supervisor/director

Program Officer

Responsible for review process and decision/recommendation


Elements of a successful proposal
Elements of a Successful Proposal grant proposals

  • Innovative Idea

  • Fills in critical gap in knowledge

  • Grounded in literature

  • Working toward a long-term goal

  • Evidence of feasibility/pilot data

  • Well designed experiment or program delivery

  • Well-written, logical, succinct

  • Focused and budgeted appropriately

  • The right partners to execute project

  • Evaluation or analysis strategy in place


General outline for proposals
General Outline for Proposals grant proposals

  • Cover Page

  • Abstract

  • Project Description

    Table of Contents

    Introduction

    Statement of Problem

    Objectives

    Procedures/ Methods

    Significance/outcomes

    Dissemination

    Facilities/Equipment

    Personnel

  • Budget

  • Appendices


Letter of intent inquiry loi
Letter of Intent/Inquiry (LOI) grant proposals

NB. Review the requirements of the agency/foundation and use the format required, mail or web

  • Program or Program Officer Name

  • Describe the problem and proposed actions and solution – your unique, innovative, timely, and significant approach

  • Connect your proposal to the funders announced program, call for LOI, or previously funded projects

  • Describe your expertise, partnerships, and institutional commitment of resources/facilities to project

  • Describe the projected outcomes, impacts or benefits of project

  • Timeline and budget (include if required, but then the budget must be approved by NLU administration)


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