and Small Grant Programs
Agency: Spencer Foundation
Deadline: None (open)
Spencer Foundation grants are awarded for investigation
into ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved
around the world. Its Major Research Grants Program supports research
projects requiring more than $35,000. Research projects may vary
widely, ranging from medium-sized studies that can be completed
within a year by an individual researcher to more extensive collaborative
studies that last several years. Because the Foundation does not
accept fully developed proposals unless it has requested them,
applicants seeking research support from the Major Research Grants
Program are asked to submit a brief preliminary proposal. Preliminary
proposals should be no more than 1,500 words in length. Preliminary
proposals are welcome at any time and will be responded to with
in one month of receipt.
The Foundation's Small Research Grants Program
supports short-term research projects (two years or less) that
require no more than $35,000 to complete. It offers a unique opportunity
for scholars and practitioners in a broad range of institutions
who are interested in educational research to obtain support for
their work. The program is appropriate for modest-sized research
projects, exploratory studies, specific phases of larger investigations,
and projects that arise in response to unusual opportunities.
The Small Research Grants Program encourages researchers with
diverse perspectives to develop ideas and approaches that extend
the conventional boundaries of a research question, area, or method.
The program supports individual efforts as well as collaborations.
There are no deadlines for this program. A preliminary proposal
is not required. Proposals for support from the Small Research
Grants Program should be in the form of a statement with attachments.
For detailed information and program application guidelines, please
access the Foundation's website.
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Teacher Professional Continuum
Agency: National Science Foundation
required for categories (A) Research Studies and (B) Resources
for Professional Development only; not required for category
(C) Conferences and Symposia, May 25, 2004
Final proposals September
10, 2004 -- applies to categories A and B.
Proposals for category C may be submitted
at any time, but are expected to be
submitted at least one year in advance of the planned event.
The National Science Foundation Teacher Professional
Continuum (TPC) program supports the full continuum of teacher
professional development from recruitment, preparation, and induction,
through the life-long development and retention of K-12 science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers. A major
focus of TPC is the synthesis and further advancement of a compelling
body of research that will both inform and strengthen STEM teacher
effectiveness and classroom instruction. In addressing the full
continuum, the TPC program solicits proposals in the following
- intended to support new investigators. The research proposed
under this category should be narrowly focused and innovative.
Proposals may request a maximum of $100,000 per year for a
duration of up to three years.
Research Projects -
expected to contribute significantly to the knowledge base
informing issues of national concern. Projects of all sizes
are encouraged within this level, but should not exceed a
maximum annual average of $500,000, for maximum project duration
of five years.
B. Resources for Professional Development
- intended to develop and test prototype materials or tools.
Projects may request a maximum of $150,000, for a duration
not to exceed two years.
Full Development Projects
- expected to create new resources, to demonstrate their effectiveness,
and to promote the dissemination of tested and effective materials
at a national level. Proposals for these projects may request
a maximum of $300,000 per year, for a duration not to exceed
C. Conferences and Symposia
- intended to assemble experts to introduce, discuss, and/or synthesize
research related to the recruitment, preparation, development
or retention of K-12 STEM teachers; to present and discuss professional
resources for K-12 STEM teachers; or to review and develop action
plans for future research and resource development projects. A
maximum of $200,000 may be requested for a conference or symposium.
The duration of a grant may not exceed two years. While a preliminary
proposal is not required, prior discussion with a TPC Program
Director is strongly encouraged. Proposals may be submitted at
any time, but are expected at least one year in advance of the
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Opportunity for Faculty Members in the College of Fine Arts and
in the Arts for Children and Youth
Agency: National Endowment for the Arts
Deadline: June 14, 2004
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) "Learning
in the Arts for Children and Youth" grant category supports projects
that help children and youth acquire knowledge, skills, and understanding
of the arts consistent with national, state, or local arts education
standards. It supports projects that provide participatory learning
and engagement of students with skilled artists, teachers, and
excellent art. Projects may take place in school-based or community-based
settings. The NEA also supports projects that recognize and cultivate
best practices and exemplary research that explores the effect
of arts learning on the cognitive and social development of children
and youth. "Learning in the Arts" grants focus on children and
youth in the general age range of 4 years through age 18, and
support opportunities both in school and outside the regular school
day and year. Under this category, applicants may request a grant
amount from $5,000 to $150,000; however, most awards will range
from $10,000 to $100,000. Please note that, in the past few years,
over half the grants NEA has awarded (under all categories) have
been for amounts less than $25,000.
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