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Title: Grant%20Writing%20Workshop%20for%20Research%20on%20Adult%20Education


1
Grant Writing Workshop for Research on Adult
Education
  • Elizabeth R. Albro
  • National Center for Education Research

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Why Adult Education?
  • 30 million American adults, or 14 percent of the
    adult population, have difficulty reading
  • 22 percent of the adult population have limited
    quantitative skills

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Adult Education Learners
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Adult Secondary Education
  • Adult English Learners
  • Postsecondary Students in Remedial Programs

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Getting Started
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Getting Started
  • Requests for Applications
  • IES Grants.gov Application Submission Guide
  • Application Package

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Finding Requests for Applications
  • FY 2011 Requests for Applications (RFAs) and the
    IES Grants.gov Application Submission Guide are
    available on
  • http//ies.ed.gov/funding
  • For future RFAs, sign up for the IES Newsflash
  • http//ies.ed.gov/newsflash/

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Finding Application Packages
  • FY 2011 application packages for June are
    available on www.grants.gov
  • The June application package will be available on
    April 29, 2010

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Research Grant Programs
  • Education Research Grant Program
  • National Research and Development Centers

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Identify Appropriate Grant Program and Topic
  • Read the Request for Applications
  • Check the announced topics
  • Look at the abstracts of projects funded under a
    research topic
  • http//ies.ed.gov/ncer/projects/

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Education Research Grant Program (84.305A)
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Solution-Driven Research
  • Research intended to contribute to the solution
    of practical education problems
  • Exploration
  • Development and Innovation
  • Efficacy and Replication
  • Scale-up Evaluation
  • Measurement

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Adult Education Research Questions Can Be
Considered Under Several NCER Topics
  • Adult Education
  • Cognition and Student Learning
  • Postsecondary Education
  • Education Technology
  • Analysis of Longitudinal Data to Support State
    and Local Education Reform

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Adult Education Topic
  • Must focus on basic reading, writing, or
    mathematics skills of adult learners
  • Adult basic education, adult secondary education,
    and programs for adults who are learning English
  • Programs designed to help underprepared students
    acquire the skills to succeed in college (e.g.,
    developmental or bridge programs)

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Adult Education Topic
  • Under measurement goal
  • Assessments must be reading, writing, or
    mathematics assessments appropriate for adult
    learners

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Cognition and Student Learning Topic
  • How can principles and knowledge emerging from
    research on cognitive science be used to better
    understand student learning and improve student
    outcomes?

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Cognition and Student Learning Topic
  • Research must focus on.. basic reading, writing,
    or mathematics skills or study skills for
    students in
  • vocational education
  • adult basic education
  • developmental (remedial)/bridge programs for
    underprepared college students

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Postsecondary Education Topic
  • Access to, persistence in, or completion of
    postsecondary education
  • Implemented at the high school or postsecondary
    level

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Postsecondary Education Topic
  • Measurement goal
  • Measures of learning at the postsecondary level
    (e.g., college-level proficiencies in reading,
    writing, critical thinking, and mathematics) that
    could be used broadly across institutions of
    higher education to assess what students have
    learned in college

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Education Technology
  • Basic reading, writing, mathematics, or study
    skills classes to adults in college developmental
    programs, vocational education, or adult education

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Analysis of Longitudinal Data to Support Local
and State Education Reform Topic
  • Students in kindergarten through postsecondary
    education (undergraduate only)
  • Based upon a longitudinal database maintained by
    an SEA or LEA

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Analysis of Longitudinal Data (cont.)
  • Must address either basic academic outcomes in
    reading, writing, mathematics, or science, or
    general academic outcomes such as grade
    retention, course completion, high school
    graduation, access to postsecondary education,
    and completion of postsecondary education

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Analysis of Longitudinal Data (cont.)
  • Must include the involvement of at least one SEA
    or LEA and the key research personnel must
    include at least one state or district person
  • Must include explicit permission from the holder
    of the longitudinal data for the applicant to use
    the data for the purpose described in the
    application

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Funding Available
  • Depends upon the research goal and scope of the
    project posed
  • Check details in Part III Requirements of the
    Proposed Research of the RFA

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National Research and Development
Centers (84.305C)
  • TOPIC 1 Cognition and Adult Literacy
  • TOPIC 3 Postsecondary Education and Employment

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Cognition and Adult Literacy RD Center
  • Explore underlying cognitive processes
  • Develop and evaluate interventions for adult
    learners
  • Specify population (ABE, ASE, Adult ESL)
  • Include reading, writing, and/or numeracy as
    focus of the research

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Postsecondary Education and Employment RD
Center
  • Support state/researcher partnerships to
  • Identify state education longitudinal databases
    that include or can be linked to longitudinal
    student postsecondary data and employment/workforc
    e data
  • Link and carry out analyses using these datasets
  • Answer research questions examining relationships
    between postsecondary education and employment
    outcomes

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For All Centers
  • Typical awards are 1,000,000 to 2,000,000
    (total cost direct indirect) per year for 5
    years
  • Application due date is September 16, 2010

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Challenge of Adult Education Applications
  • Identifying and locating appropriate samples
  • Retention and attrition
  • Multiple types of learners served in a single
    setting
  • Prior empirical knowledge of how to improve adult
    education outcomes is limited

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Preparing the Application
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http//ies.ed.gov/resourcesforresearchers.asp
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Research Narrative
  • Significance
  • Methodological Requirements (Research Plan)
  • Personnel
  • Resources
  • Management Plan (for RD Center applications)

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Reviewers Perspectives
  • Write clearly and concisely
  • Address the points described in the RFA
  • Organize information in logical sequence
  • Label sections and number pages
  • Make it easy for reviewers to find and understand
    the information

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Submitting an Application
  • All applications must be submitted electronically
    to http//www.grants.gov
  • By 430 p.m. Washington, DC, time on the date
    listed in the RFA for the competition to which
    you are submitting

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Final Application Submission
  • Online forms are complete
  • PDF files of application contents have been
    uploaded
  • Authorized representative has completed the final
    step of the electronic process
  • You have received an e-mail acknowledging receipt
    of your application

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What Happens Next?
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Peer Review
  • The application is reviewed for compliance
  • Compliant applications are assigned to a review
    panel
  • Two or three panel members will conduct a primary
    review of each application
  • At the panel meeting, the most competitive
    applications are reviewed by the full panel

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Peer Review Process Information
  • http//ies.ed.gov/director/sro/peer_review/index.a
    sp

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Notification
  • All applicants will receive an e-mail
    notification of the status of their application
  • All applicants will receive copies of the
    reviewer comments
  • If you are not granted an award the first time,
    plan on resubmitting and talk to your program
    officer

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Final Reminders
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Dont Forget...
  • Start early
  • Read the Request for Applications
  • Talk with the program officer
  • Start the online submission process early

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ies.ed.gov
  • Elizabeth Albro
  • elizabeth.albro_at_ed.gov
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