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Securing External Federal Funding. Janice F. Almasi, Ph.D. Carol Lee Robertson Endowed Professor of Literacy University of Kentucky [email protected] Institute of Education Sciences. 2 Grant Competitions per year. Current Funding Opportunities. 14 Long-term Programs of Research.

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Securing external federal funding

Securing External Federal Funding

Janice F. Almasi, Ph.D.

Carol Lee Robertson Endowed Professor of Literacy

University of Kentucky

[email protected]


Institute of education sciences

Janice F. Almasi, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Institute of Education Sciences

2 Grant Competitions per year


Current funding opportunities

Current Funding Opportunities

14 Long-term Programs of Research


Be informed

Be Informed

Subscribe to Newsflash at ies.ed.gov/newsflash


Ies research goals

Janice F. Almasi, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

IES Research Goals

  • Goal 1: Identification

    • Identifying programs and practices associated with better educational outcomes (secondary data analysis)

  • Goal 2: Development Projects

    • Developing educational interventions

  • Goal 3: Efficacy and Replication Projects

    • Determine if fully-developed interventions are effective

  • Goal 4: Scale-Up

  • Goal 5: Measurement Projects



Criteria

Janice F. Almasi, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Criteria

  • Significance

  • Research Plan

  • Personnel

  • Resources


Review criterion ratings

Janice F. Almasi, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Review Criterion Ratings

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Excellent


What reviewers look for

Janice F. Almasi, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

What Reviewers Look For

Where Applications Tend to be Weak



Significance in goals 2 and 3

Janice F. Almasi, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Significance in Goals 2 and 3

  • Context for Proposed Interventions

    • Provide context for the proposed intervention by including data on, or reviewing research describing, the attributes of typical existing practices.

    • Identify shortcomings of current practice and how they contribute to the rationale for the proposed intervention.

    • Provide context for understanding how much of a change the proposed intervention is intended to achieve.


Significance in goals 2 and 31

Janice F. Almasi, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Significance in Goals 2 and 3

  • Intervention, Theory of Change, Empirical/Theoretical Rationale

    • Clearly describe the intervention

    • Clearly describe the theory of change for the intervention

      • How do the features or components of the intervention relate to each other temporally (or operationally), pedagogically, and theoretically (e.g., why A leads to B)?

    • Provide a strong theoretical and empirical justification for the design and sequencing of the features or components of the intervention. Enables evaluation of:

      • Relation between the intervention and its theoretical and empirical foundation (e.g., is the proposed intervention a reasonable operationalization of the theory?)

      • Relation between the intervention and the outcome measures (e.g., do the proposed measures tap the constructs that the intervention is intended to address?)

Include a Logic Model


Significance in goals 2 and 32

Janice F. Almasi, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Significance in Goals 2 and 3

  • Practical Importance of Intervention

    • When the proposed intervention is fully developed will it have the potential to improve student outcomes in educationally meaningful increments, if it were implemented over the course of a semester or school year?

    • Would the proposed intervention be both affordable for and easily implemented by schools (e.g., not involve major adjustments to normal school schedules)?


Research plan goal 2

Janice F. Almasi, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Research Plan: Goal 2

What data will be

gathered to determine

how intervention is

operating?

What criteria will

be used to

determine if the

intervention operates

as intended?

How will the data

gathered be used

to revise the

intervention?

How do you define

“operating as intended?”








Personnel

Janice F. Almasi, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Personnel

  • What role will each individual have in the project?

  • What qualifications, training, and experience do key personnel possess?

  • How will qualifications be used on the research?

  • Are key personnel dedicating sufficient time to competently implement proposed research?


Resources

Janice F. Almasi, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Resources

  • Are the resources adequate to support the proposed activities in terms of:

    • Facilities

    • Equipment

    • Supplies

    • Institutional Support for Managing/Directing Grants and Supporting Scholarship

  • Have partners shown support for implementation and support of the project?


Scientist reviewer critiques

Janice F. Almasi, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Scientist Reviewer Critiques

  • Abrief description of the overall application.

  • Identify each application’s key strengths and weaknesses in each of the evaluation areas and prepare critical, evaluative comments.

  • Integrated summary of the overall assessment of the application, including the main strengths and weaknesses of the application.





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