March 12, 2012 Newsletter


    Institutional, University-Wide, or Cross-Disciplinary Opportunities

    Proposal Submission Reminders (Recently Revised):


    OURS standard procedures require approvals on final budgets and project descriptions from department chairs and college deans prior to proposal submission. OURS and the Provost’s office require that final budgets and chair and dean approvals be received by OURS at least five (5) business days before the deadline (per Provost Welsh’s announcement in the Daily Digest).

    Proposals for which proper approvals are not obtained WILL NOT be submitted.

    Applicants can access the internal approval form at Please note that each department and college may have its own internal requirements regarding proposal review lead times; please check to be sure you are complying with your own unit’s procedures. Please be sure the form is completed accurately and fully signed before submitting it to the OURS.

    OURS requests notification of intent to submit at least two weeks prior to the agency deadline so that OURS staff can assist with application preparation and review. All proposals will require signature on behalf of the University, which entails careful review for terms and conditions, University financial, time, and other obligations, and compliance issues. Adequate lead time allows OURS to secure necessary approvals and provide appropriate administrative support on all proposal submissions.

    When submitting proposals via, please be aware that OURS maintains registration for the campus. Like with all proposals, applicants will need to notify and work with OURS in getting proposals submitted through the standard procedures referenced above. For submission, OURS must have the final complete proposal, with all required attachments, no later than 48 hours prior to the agency deadline. Due to the higher possibility of technical difficulties with this submission engine, the OURS cannot guarantee that proposals received later than 48 hours prior to the deadline will be submitted on time.

    Institutional, University-Wide, or Cross-Disciplinary Opportunities

    Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice

Agency:        William T. Grant Foundation
Deadline(s): April 3, 2012 and August 1, 2012 (Letters of Inquiry)

The William T. Grant Foundation has an interest in supporting empirical, theory-building studies in what affects policymakers’ and practitioners’ acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence. Specifically, the current focus is on policies and practices that affect youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. Areas of focus may include education, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, family support, employment, mental health, and youth programs.

For this opportunity, the Foundation will consider applications for newly initiated projects as well as add-on studies to existing projects. The latter must address research questions not covered by prior funding from the Foundation or any other source, but they may cover secondary analyses of existing data or collection and analyses of new data. Interdisciplinary projects are strongly encouraged.

In terms of basic requirements, applicants should:

  1. provide a compelling rationale for how their study would contribute to theory of what influences the acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence in policy or practice;
  2. propose clear and compelling research questions and/or hypotheses;
  3. propose research designs, methods, and analysis plans that will provide strong empirical evidence on the research questions or hypotheses;
  4. compose project teams dependent on the goals, research questions or hypotheses, and methods of the proposed study; and
  5. propose work that can be successfully completed given their resources and time frame.

Without exception, grants are limited to tax-exempt entities for purposes that are described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Upon request, applicant institutions must provide letters from the Internal Revenue Service that include the applicant’s classification under Section 509(a) of the Code, “Private Foundation Status.”

There are two stages to the application process: letter of inquiry (LOI) and invited full proposals. Letters of inquiry are due April 3, 2012 and August 1, 2012. LOIs serve as mini-proposals and should demonstrate promise for meeting all application requirements. All LOIs will be reviewed by Foundation staff, who will invite full proposals. The submission deadline for the invited full proposals depends on the date that the LOI was submitted. If submitted on April 3, 2012, the resultant full proposals will be due on either September 13, 2012 or November 15, 2012. If submitted on August 1, 2012, the resultant full proposals will be due on either November 15, 2012 or April 9, 2013.

Note: Any interested faculty should contact the Geannine Callaghan at the TU Foundation.


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Infrastructure Development Program in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Agency:         Department of Health and Human Services
Deadline(s): June 19, 2012, December 19, 2012, December 19, 2013, December 19, 2014

This opportunity has been created in response to AHRQ’s need to build capacity for comparative effectiveness research (CER) by establishing grant programs providing development for researchers. The intention is the enhancement of existing research capacity in emerging academic and applied research institutions so as to address CER within the context of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR).

The general goals of this opportunity are to: 1) provide faculty/research staff methodological expertise in CER through conducting research projects and other professional development activities; and 2) strengthen the underlying institutional infrastructure needed to support PCOR research.

Proposed activities should be designed to support both the planned work and the future development and conduct of additional projects and activities with other funding sources and partners.

This program provides support for two types of primary activities: 1) institutional research development support, to strengthen the institutional infrastructure and enhance the ability of individual faculty members to undertake health services research; and 2) three and five multi-year individual investigator research projects related to the thematic research focus of the application’s proposed program.

Applicants are required to include an external advisory committee made up of appropriate expertise to guide the planned work’s implementation. This committee should convene at the beginning of the project, be regularly consulted throughout the project, and re-convene as necessary (either virtually or in person). Applications must also include formative and impact evaluation plans, including appropriate expertise and time and resource allocations.

It is necessary that applications responding to this announcement focus their planned programs in one or both of the following areas:

  • The reduction of specific and known disparities in health care outcomes and quality among racial and ethnic minority populations and underserved populations.
  • The evaluation and comparison of health care delivery system designs; developing and evaluating system redesigns; and implementing and disseminating effective, evidence-based design practices.

It is strongly encouraged that applicants address novel approaches for actively engaging stakeholder groups and partners in the development of research questions, outcome measurement, project design, and research participation. Specific plans for disseminating the findings and incorporating them into health care delivery at the onset of developing a research project should be emphasized.

Applications may be up to five years in duration with an AHRQ-supported budget not to exceed $1 million per year in total costs to the government. The total cost limitation includes facilities and administrative costs requested by applicants. If the limits on duration and total costs are exceeded, then the proposal will not be reviewed. Infrastructure components should constitute at least half of the total project budget costs. Applicants must propose between three and five multi-year research projects, the total cost for each of which must not exceed $250,000 annually. Budgets associated with stakeholders or inter-organizational partnerships with existing centers of excellence must not exceed one-third of the total average annual costs.


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Preservation and Access Research and Development

Agency:        National Endowment for the Humanities
Deadline(s): May 16, 2012

Preservation and Access Research and Development grants offer support to projects addressing major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. For this particular opportunity, applicants should define a specific problem, devise procedures and potential solutions, and detail how they would evaluate their projects and disseminate their findings. Each project must serve the needs of a significant number of humanists.

Especially encouraged are projects addressing the following topics: how to preserve digital humanities materials, including born-digital materials; how to preserve and increase access to the record of the twentieth century contained in these formats; and how to protect humanities collections and slow their deterioration through the use of sustainable preservation strategies. Please see the full solicitation for a listing of other eligible projects.

Successful applicants must create a white paper describing the lessons learned during the conduct of the project (both positive and negative). This paper should document any software or techniques resulting from the project. White papers will be posted on the NEH website so that others may benefit from the research.

An institution whose project has received NEH support may apply for a grant for a new or subsequent stage of that project. Such proposals receive no special consideration will be judged by the same criteria as others in the competition. These proposals must be substantially updated and must describe how the previously funded project met its goals.

For projects leading to the development of tools, software, and websites, NEH gives preference to those that provide free access to the public.

The maximum award is $350,000 for up to three years. Projects focusing on one of the three special areas of interest noted above may request up to $400,000. Successful applicants will be awarded a grant in outright funds, federal matching funds, or a combination of the two. Matching funds are released when a grantee secures gift funds from eligible third parties.

Although cost sharing is not required, NEH is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding. Typically, these grants cover no more than 80 percent of project costs.


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Institute for Education Sciences Research and Training Grant Programs

Agency:         United States Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences
Deadline(s): June 21, 2012 or September 20, 2012
depending on program

The Institute of Education Sciences' overarching priority is research that contributes to improved academic achievement for all students, and particularly for those whose education prospects are hindered by inadequate education services and conditions associated with poverty, race/ethnicity, limited English proficiency, disability, and family circumstance.

On March 6, 2012, the Institute announced in the Federal Register the research and research training grant competitions for FY2013 listed below:

  • Education Research Programs (CFDA 84.305A);
  • Through its Education Research grant program, the Institute supports research over a diverse set of education outcomes and for a range of purposes. The outcomes include school readiness for prekindergarten; learning, achievement, and higher order thinking in core academic content (reading, writing, mathematics, science) for students from kindergarten through Grade 12; behaviors that support learning in academic contexts for students from prekindergarten through high school; high school graduation; access, retention, and completion in postsecondary education; and reading, writing, and mathematics skills for adult learners. The Institute supports research from prekindergarten through Grade 12 for the typically developing student. For postsecondary and adult learners the Institute supports research on typically developing students and students with disabilities. Applicants interested in research on students with disabilities from birth through high school are eligible to apply to the Institute’s National Center for Special Education Research (

  • Special Education Research Programs (CFDA 84.324A);
  • The Institute supports research over a diverse set of child outcomes and for a range of purposes. The outcomes include school readiness, achievement in core academic content (reading, writing, mathematics, science), and behaviors that support learning in academic contexts for students with disabilities or at risk for disabilities from prekindergarten through high school. Additional outcomes of interest include developmental outcomes for infants and toddlers with disabilities and functional outcomes that improve educational results and transitions to employment, independent living, and postsecondary education for students with disabilities.

  • Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with Learning Disabilities Research Initiative CFDA 84.324D;
  • The A3 Initiative will take a comprehensive approach to tackling the problem of improving the academic achievement, namely reading and mathematics achievement, of students with or at risk for learning disabilities who demonstrate the most intractable learning problems.

  • Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences (CFDA 84.305B);
  • The Institute has established the Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences (Postdoctoral) to increase the supply of scientists and researchers in education who are prepared to conduct rigorous and relevant education research addressing issues that are important to education leaders and practitioners and so contribute to the advancement of knowledge and theory in education. The specific intent of this program is to prepare researchers to be able to conduct the type of research that the Institute funds including the preparation of competitive proposals that address relevant education topics and meet the methodological requirements specified for the Institute's research grant competitions.

  • Special Education Research and Development Centers (CFDA 84.324C);
  • Under the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, the Institute supports special education research and development centers (R&D Centers) that are intended to contribute significantly to the solution of special education problems in the United States by engaging in research, development, evaluation, and national leadership activities aimed at improving the education system, and, ultimately, student achievement. Each of the R&D Centers conducts a focused program of research in its topic area. In addition, each Center conducts supplemental research within its broad topic area and provides national leadership in advancing evidence-based practice and policy within its topic area.

  • Statistical and Research Methodology in Education (CFDA 84.305D); and
  • Through the grant program on Statistical and Research Methodology in Education (Methods), the Institute supports research to advance education research methods and statistical analyses. The long-term outcome of this research program will be a wide range of methodological and statistical tools that will better enable education scientists to conduct rigorous education research.

  • Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies (CFDA 84.305E).
  • The Institute will support rigorous evaluations of education programs or policies that are implemented by State or local education agencies to improve student academic outcomes.

The National Center for Special Education Research and the National Center for Education Research within the Institute of Education Sciences periodically host a series of webinars related to research funding opportunities. Please see the URL to sign up.

A letter of intent indicating an applicant’s intent to submit an application is optional, but encouraged, for each application. The letter of intent form must be submitted electronically using the instructions provided at:


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