Agency: National Science Foundation
Deadline(s): July 17, 2012
The objectives of the REESE program
are: (1) to catalyze discovery and
innovation at the frontiers of STEM
learning and education; (2) to stimulate
the field to produce high quality
research results through the process
of theory, method, analysis, and
human resources; and (3) to coordinate
and transform advances in research
on learning and education. This opportunity
supports research seeking transformative
and novel answers to foundational
questions about what STEM concepts
can be learned by whom, when, how,
and where. Supported research is
often multi- and inter-disciplinary,
drawing from the expertise of STEM
content specialists, STEM education
researchers and evaluators, cognitive
and social scientists, and specialist
from other areas of practice and
REESE challenges scholarly communities
to put forward groundbreaking ideas,
concepts, theories, and measurement
and methodological approaches focusing
on one or more of the following topical
strands. These items do not constitute
an exhaustive or mutually exclusive
set of priorities or possibilities.
- Neural basis of STEM learning
- Cognitive underpinnings of STEM
- STEM learning in formal and
- Learning technologies
- Research on diffusion
- Methods, models, and measures
for STEM education and learning
- Secondary analysis of large
- Broadening participation research
The REESE program calls for three
types of proposals. They are:
- Synthesis proposals, which are
small grants for the synthesis
and/or meta-analysis of existing
knowledge on a topic of critical
importance to STEM, or for the
diffusion of research based knowledge.
The maximum award size for this
kind of proposal is $300,000 (total)
for duration of up to 2 years.
- Empirical Research proposals,
which are designed to support the
design and conduct of research
projects including the collection
of new empirical data or the use
of secondary analyses from existing
state, national, international,
or other databases. The three levels
available are small (with a maximum
total award size of $500,000 and
duration of 3 years), medium (with
a maximum total award size of $1,500,000
and duration of 3 years), and large
(with a maximum total award size
of $2,500,000 and duration of 5
- Fostering Interdisciplinary
Research in Education (FIRE) proposals,
which support projects that facilitate
scholars crossing disciplinary
boundaries to acquire the skills
and knowledge that would improve
their abilities to conduct research
on STEM learning and education.
The maximum award size for this
kind of proposal is $400,000, with
duration of 2 years.
REESE may also support conferences
or workshops related to program goals.
Typical costs are $25,000 to $75,000.
Further details are provided in this
opportunity’s original announcement.
It is estimated that 20-30 new
awards will be granted in FY 2012,
including approximately 2-3 Synthesis,
7-10 Small Empirical, 7-10 Medium
Empirical, 1-2 Large Empirical, and
3-5 FIRE awards.
Inclusion of voluntary committed
cost sharing is prohibited.
All proposals must incorporate
plans for data management and sharing
of the products of research, or assert
the absence of a need for such plans.
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Mathematical and Computational Cognition
Agency: Air Force Office of Scientific Research
This program supports innovative
basic research on high-order cognitive
processes that are responsible for
human performance in complex problem
solving and decision making tasks.
The overall objective is to understand
these processes by developing and
empirically testing mathematical,
statistical or computational models
of human attention, memory, categorization,
reasoning, problem solving, learning
and motivation, and decision making.
We are especially interested in the
development and evaluation of formal
cognitive models that provide an
integrative and cumulative account
of scientific progress, are truly
predictive, as opposed to postdictive,
and finally, are generalizable beyond
controlled laboratory tasks to information-rich
and dynamic real-world tasks.
proposals in the range of $200,000
to $400,000 per year are encouraged.
Awards may be proposed for up to