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extramural funding in the social sciences and education

Extramural Funding in the Social Sciences and Education

Wisconsin Center for Education Research, UW-Madison

finding funding for your work
Finding funding for your work
  • I will talk about two federal agencies (National Science Foundation and the U.S. Dept of Ed), private foundations, & other options for grad funding of research
federal funding sources
Federal Funding Sources
  • UW-Madison is a national leader
    • Over $500 million in federal research support in 2006-07 (5th most in the nation)
    • Over $400 million in non-federal research support (most in the nation)
national science foundation
National Science Foundation
  • Supports basic research on fundamental discipline-based and interdisciplinary problems
  • Key program areas for social scientists
    • Social and Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE)
    • Education and Human Resources (EHR)
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National Science Foundation
  • Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
    • Discipline-based programs
      • E.g., anthropology, political science, sociology
    • Interdisciplinary programs
      • Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation
      • Human and Social Dynamics
      • Science of Learning Centers
      • …and many others
  • See www.nsf.gov
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National Science Foundation
  • Most NSF programs have small and large awards
    • Smaller awards for pilots, conferences, syntheses, applications, dissemination
    • Large awards for full projects
  • Most NSF awards are for basic research, but some span basic and applied research
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National Science Foundation
  • Disciplinary programs generally have two deadlines each year, e.g. January and August
  • Interdisciplinary programs have ad hoc deadlines, usually once per year
  • Disciplinary programs are relatively permanent, interdisciplinary programs seem to come and go as funding and interests wax and wane
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National Science Foundation
  • Whether in SBE or EHR, NSF reviewers are looking for
    • Clear, concise statements of purpose
    • Relevant literature and theoretical framework
    • Valid and reliable measurement
    • Effective dissemination
  • Two key elements of NSF proposals
    • Intellectual merit: Contribute to knowledge
    • Broader impact: Enhance diversity and benefit society
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National Science Foundation
  • Education and Human Resources Divisions
    • Undergraduate Education
    • Graduate Education
    • Human Resource Development
    • Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings
      • NSF-supported education research at UW-Madison mostly falls within this program
      • Note: NSF’s interest in education is limited to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education
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National Science Foundation
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
    • Social Sciences is one of the program areas
    • For beginning or first-year graduate students
    • Must be US citizen or permanent resident
    • Applied fields are excluded, specifically including social work and education (except science education)
institute of education sciences
Institute of Education Sciences
  • The U.S. Department of Education’s research division is the Institute of Education Sciences
    • Four centers: research, statistics, evaluation, and special education research
    • Research is supported by the research and special education research centers
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Institute of Education Sciences
  • IES supports research in a variety of programs, such as:
    • Math and science education/teacher quality
    • Reading and writing education/teacher quality
    • Education policy, finance, and systems
    • Cognition and student learning
    • …and many more
    • See http://ies.ed.gov/ncer/funding/
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Institute of Education Sciences
  • IES supports research that tests the impact of educational interventions on student outcomes, generally test scores
  • IES privileges randomized controlled trials, because that is the best methodology for testing causal effects
  • Other methodologies are suited to other questions, but IES is interested in impact assessments
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Institute of Education Sciences
  • All IES program areas support research that addresses one of five goals
    • Goal 1: Analyze large-scale data sets to develop hypotheses that could later be tested in randomized trials
    • Goal 2: Develop interventions that could later be tested in randomized trials
    • Goal 3: Small-scale efficacy trials
    • Goal 4: Large-scale randomized trials
    • Goal 5: Develop instruments/assessments
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Institute of Education Sciences
  • IES proposals require less emphasis on theory and more emphasis on application
  • IES proposals tend to be tightly scripted
    • Specific elements depend on the goal
    • Application is preceded by (optional) letter of intent
    • Full proposals always include the following sections: significance, methods, personnel, resources
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Institute of Education Sciences
  • IES also has a graduate fellowship program, but it is provided to universities rather than to students directly
    • UW-Madison has an interdisciplinary training program in education sciences
    • Enables social science doctoral students to apply rigorous methods that permit causal inference to pressing problems of education policy and practice
    • Students in economics, political science, psycology, sociology, and social welfare are eligible
    • www.wcer.wisc.edu/itp
private foundations
Private Foundations
  • Private foundations are nongovernmental, nonprofit organizations that operate from a principle fund or endowment and are governed by their own trustees and board of directors.
  • Often able to focus on more long term research initiatives, specific local concerns, or more esoteric issues
foundation 101
Foundation 101
  • Often fund small studies,
    • requiring less extensive review,
    • Shorter timeframes
    • allows bundling of research funding
independent foundations
Independent Foundations
  • Established by families
    • Spencer Foundation
    • Annenberg Foundation
    • Rockefeller Brothers
    • Carnegie
    • Gates Foundation
company sponsored foundations
Company Sponsored Foundations
  • Aka corperate foundations funded by businesses
    • Best Buy Foundation
    • Sprint Foundation
    • Verizon Foundation
operating foundations
Operating Foundations
  • Combined focus on research, social welfare, other charitable programs
    • Johnson Foundation - Wingspread
community foundations
Community Foundations
  • Supported by & operated for benefit of specific community/region
    • Helen Bader Foundation
    • Greater Milwaukee Foundation
spencer foundation
Spencer Foundation
  • The relation between education & social opportunity
  • Organizational learning in schools, school systems & higher education institutions
  • Teaching, learning & instructional resources
  • Purposes & values in education
funding opportunities
Funding opportunities
  • Dissertation year fellowship
    • Exemplary dissertation award
  • The National Academy of Education / Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • “Small grants” - <$50,000
  • “Large grants” - >$50,000
aera dissertation grants
AERA Dissertation Grants
  • To stimulate research on U.S. education policy- and practice-related issues using NCES and NSF data sets;
  • To improve the educational research community's firsthand knowledge of the range of data available at the two agencies and how to use them; and
  • To increase the number of educational researchers using the data sets
  • Evaluation criteria:
    • Importance of the proposed policy issue, the strength of the methodological model and proposed statistical analysis of the study, and relevant experience and research record of the applicant.
  • Reviews: January, February & August
local funding opportunities
Local funding opportunities
  • Department fellowships/scholarships
  • University fellowships
    • superior academic achievement, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and an effective statement of purpose/reasons for graduate study
    • Annual Fellowships, Prize Fellowships, Two-year Recruitment Fellowships, and Dissertator Fellowships
other sources for information
Other sources for information
  • http://www.gradschool.cornell.edu/?p=132
  • http://www.aauw.org/education/fga/