Discovery Research PreK-12 Program Solicitation

National Science Foundation

Directorate for Education & Human Resources
Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):

November 14, 2017

November 14, 2018

Synopsis of Program:

The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills.

The DRK-12 program invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK-12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has three major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; and (3) Teaching. The program recognizes the synergy among the three strands and that there is some overlap and interdependence among them. However, proposals should identify a clear focus of the proposed research efforts (i.e., assessment, learning, or teaching) consistent with the proposal’s main objectives and research questions. The program supports five types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, and (5) Conferences and Syntheses. All five types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 program strands.

Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not required
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required
  • Full Proposals:

Submit your Proposal for Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

Full Proposal Deadline Date

November 6, 2017

SYNOPSIS

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.

The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.

CONTACTS

Name Email Phone Room
Address Questions to the  Program DRLAISL@nsf.gov (703)292-8616
For administrative questions contact the Program by e-mail at DRLAISL@nsf.gov or phone at (703)292-8616

Announcement of an Effort to Expand the NSF INCLUDES National Network

National Science Founation welcomes three types of proposals:

EAGER Proposals should produce findings and results that will generate new insights for the NSF INCLUDES National Network, suggest potential strategies for engaging NSF’s existing broadening participation activities in the Network and/or highlight lessons learned that could inform the NSF INCLUDES Launch Pilots and Alliances as they develop. EAGERs are encouraged that:

  1. Conduct research on the implementation and impact of strategies to improve specific problems of diversity and inclusion in STEM, especially strategies focused on expanding networks and scaling effective innovations. Studies should be grounded in the relevant social science, behavioral science, economic, or education research theories or frameworks, apply appropriate methods, and further the evidence-based research (e.g., the science of broadening participation) that illustrates the efficacy of the various approaches, especially collective impact-style approaches; or
  2. Examine strategies being used in projects in the existing NSF broadening participation portfolio. For example, research could examine the implementation, impact, network expansion, and scaling of change strategies used in NSF-funded projects within the NSF INCLUDES portfolio of Design and Development Launch Pilots, or projects funded through such programs as ADVANCE, the Broadening Participation in Computing Alliances, the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation(LSAMP), Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), and Math and Science Partnership, or the outreach activities of NSF research centers and large facilities aimed at broadening participation. Research could explore how strategies such as collective impact or networked improvement communities are being used to address the challenge of broadening participation in STEM.

Conference proposals to:

  1. Link to the NSF INCLUDES National Network the knowledge and results from the NSF broadening participation portfolio of programs and projects, and from NSF center-scale activities (e.g., Science and Technology Centers and Engineering Research Centers, among others), or other major Foundation investments, and encourage new opportunities for collaboration across the network;
  2. Generate novel ideas for how new and existing collaborations and organizations can help shape opportunities for connecting to the NSF INCLUDES National Network;
  3. Communicate research findings from the science of broadening participation research community to the NSF INCLUDES National Network, especially as these pertain to new efforts to translate basic research into practice; or
  4. Provide a platform for new collaborations within the NSF INCLUDES National Network to discuss the development of shared goals, common metrics, and mutually reinforcing activities.

Supplemental funding requests to:

  1. Create opportunities among currently-funded NSF projects, including NSF broadening participation projects, with the goal to build a collaborative infrastructure for broadening participation in NSF-funded research activities;
  2. Provide seed money for experiments in using effective strategies to further broadening participation goals through collaborative change;
  3. Develop linkages between current activities and NSF INCLUDES-funded Design and Development Launch Pilots, including adoption of common goals, shared measures, and mutually reinforcing activities; or
  4. Generate new ideas for bringing a community of NSF-funded projects into the NSF INCLUDES National Network.

Submission Deadlines and Special Instructions

There are two submission deadlines for funding requests in response to this Dear Colleague Letter. Before submitting EAGER or Conference proposals, eligible Principal Investigator(s) should email nsfincludes@nsf.gov with a one-page description of their project to determine suitability for this NSF INCLUDES Dear Colleague Letter and the appropriate deadline for the proposals. Any of the types of requests encouraged in this Dear Colleague Letter can be submitted to either deadline.

  • November 13, 2017
  • April 16, 2018

Funding requests for EAGERs and Conferences should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the guidance in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG): https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=pappg. EAGERs may request up to $300,000 for two years. Conference proposals may be up to $250,000 for up to two years. EAGERs and Conference proposals should be submitted to NSF INCLUDES in the Human Resource Development (HRD) division.

Supplements from PIs of existing grants, other than current NSF INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots, in any directorate are welcome. Eligible supplements must have the potential to enhance both the Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts of the existing project. Projects must have an end date beyond September 30, 2018. Eligible Principal Investigator(s) contact their cognizant Program Director(s) and an NSF INCLUDES team member to discuss their request for supplemental support prior to submitting to NSF. The amount requested for supplemental support must be less than 20% of the original award amount, with direct costs not to exceed $200,000. Funding is dependent on the availability of funds. Supplemental funding requests should be prepared and submitted in accordance with the guidance in the NSF PAPPG, Part II: Award and Administration Guide, Chapter I.E.4: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=pappg.

More information available here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17111/nsf17111.jsp

APPLY NOW: EvalYouth International Mentoring Program for Young and Emerging Evaluators

INTERNATIONAL MENTORING PROGRAM for Young and Emerging Evaluators
Or through the following link: http://tinyurl.com/ybcgqj74

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

15 AUGUST 2017

·         Are you a young and/or emerging evaluator, seeking to establish and enhance you career in the field of evaluation?

·         Are you finding it difficult to advance your career due to limited professional development opportunities?

·         Are you looking for an experienced evaluation mentor(from your country/region or other countries/regions) to support, coach and guide you in your evaluation career enhancement effort?

·         Are your financial means limited and impeding you from realizing your professional development objectives to enroll in available professional development opportunities?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, then

EvalYouth Mentoring Program is just for you!

As young professionals, our career needs are sometimes demanding and it may be challenging to find the right guidance to create a successful career. Although there are many excellent evaluation mentors around the world, getting matched to one of these career builders may be challenging. Location, language, financial resources, etc. can be common barriers for young and emerging evaluators (YEEs).

A recent survey EvalYouth conducted, showed that 90% of responding YEEs believe that a global evaluation mentoring program is highly relevant and greatly needed. EvalYouth, through its mentoring program, supported by EvalPartners, fills this gap and provides opportunities for highly motivated YEEs to connect with more experienced evaluation professionals for a 6 to 12 month mentoring program.

EvalYouth mentoring program targets YEEs across all countries and regions around the world. We are looking for YEEs who demonstrate commitment to the evaluation profession, and are looking to commit their time and effort to the advancement of their career.

Important information about the Program:

·         Mentoring is for 6 to 12 months;

·         Mentee should be maximum 35 years old

·         Mentee should have no more than 5 years of experience in the evaluation profession

·         Mentee should have working knowledge of English

To get in touch:

·         For more information, visit our website:https://evalpartners.org/evalyouth

·         For further questions or clarifications, send us an e-mail:evalyouth@gmail.com

·         Follow EvalYouth on social media: Facebook, Twitter,LinkedIn, and YouTube

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 15 AUGUST 2017

2018 Mother Tongue Film Festival – Now accepting Film Submissions!

2018 Mother Tongue Film Festival – Now accepting Film Submissions!

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC/USA

http://recoveringvoices.si.edu/MTFF.html

Films will be accepted until September 1, 2017.

 

About the Mother Tongue Film Festival

The Mother Tongue Film Festival, a collaborative Smithsonian annual event, initiated by the Recovering Voices Program of the National Museum of Natural History, celebrates the United Nations International Mother Languages Day by showcasing recently produced feature and short-length films about the cultural richness of Indigenous and endangered languages.

Partners

The Mother Tongue Film Festival is a collaboration between Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Programming support has also been provided by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Funding support for the Mother Tongue Film Festival has been provided by the three Smithsonian Recovering Voices partners across the Institution: National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of Natural History and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, with additional support from the Mexican Cultural Institute and the New Zealand Embassy. This program has also received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Submitting a film for the 2018 MTFF? Complete the 2018 MTFF Film Submission Link

Please complete the online submission form – and email RecoveringVoices@si.edu with any questions.

Returning the Gift Indigenous Storytelling and Literary Festival

Call for Proposals
Returning the Gift Indigenous Storytelling and Literary Festival
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK/USA
October 8-11, 2017
 
The Returning the Gift conference will be held October 8-11, 2017 at the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK). The deadline for proposals is July 10th, 2017. There is still plenty of time to submit! Please find the instructions below.
 
Next October the Native Writers Circle of the Americas will host the 25th anniversary Returning the Gift Indigenous Storytelling and Literary Festival. Over four days, more than a hundred award winning tribal writers, storytellers, and artists will create workshops, dances, staged readings, poetry slams, comedy sketches, documentary films, pedagogical discussions, literary studies, environmental social justice projects, and live art.
 
RTG organizers invite proposals from scholars, artists, activists, writers, policy makers, and community members that connect with our theme for the festival “Gathering at Our Headwaters.” The theme allows us to focus on two main threads during our festival—reflection and clarity. This is our silver anniversary, making it appropriate for us to reflect on the path of the last 25 years in indigenous creative work. What progress has been made in indigenous literature and art? How has the reception of indigenous creatives and their work changed in the publishing, literary, and academic industries? What shifts have occurred in indigenous focused pedagogy, tribal language programs, and the tribal student body?
 
In addition, paa (water) is a sacred element. It brings life, sustains communities, and inspires countless artists. Indigenous people are all too familiar with the politics of water. The struggle over water figures centrally in self-determination, sovereignty, nationhood, autonomy, resistance, and survival. It is clear with the growing number of legal battles over water rights, continued environmentally destructive acts, the ongoing protests against tar sand pipelines, fracking disposal wells, deep water drilling, pollution levels of the oceans, and the inevitable traumas brought about due to climate change that the need for protective action is growing. Indigenous peoples around the world have formulated innovative and powerful responses to the contamination, exploitation, and theft of water. We wish to honor those responses and further this work as part of our festival. We seek contributions that address the politics of water in any number of diverse historical, political, tribal, or regional contexts. We also seek a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds, including environmental science, social justice, policy, literary, grassroots, activist, historical, and artistic approaches.
 
We encourage innovative project ideas as well as the traditional conference fare. Proposal leader and team member positions can be held by anyone, but we especially encourage proposals that include diverse voices and identify any tribal affiliations within the team. All proposals should include:
  1. A title
  2. 300 word limit proposal text
  3. name, contact info, and a short bio of the lead presenter
  4. names of all other team members
  5. type of presentation/event
  6. subject, theme, or concept
  7. any audio/visual needs or other project necessities for success.
 
Send your proposals or any questions to returningthegift@gmail.com, Matt Kliewer, or Emma Allen. We look forward to your participation and presence in October.
 
If you choose, you may also fill out the proposal form below. The form will send your proposal directly to the RTG team. The form does not accept file uploads, so we recommend sending a traditional Email if you wish to send your proposal in a separate file.
 
Note: Please choose only one submission method per proposal. If you have any questions or need to make a correction to your proposal, notify the RTG team.  
 
Deadline: July 10th, 2017

2017 Call for AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program Applications

Call for Applications
AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI)

Deadline: Friday, June 16, 2017

The American Evaluation Association welcomes applications for its Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program that provides paid internship and training opportunities during the academic year. The GEDI program works to engage and support students from groups traditionally under-represented in the field of evaluation. The goals of the GEDI Program are to:

*   Expand the pool of graduate students of color and from other under-represented groups who have extended their research capacities to evaluation.
*   Stimulate evaluation thinking concerning under-represented communities and culturally responsive evaluation.
*   Deepen the evaluation profession’s capacity to work in racially, ethnically and culturally diverse settings.

Interns may come from a variety of disciplines, including public health, education, political science, anthropology, psychology, sociology, social work, and the natural sciences. Their commonality is a strong background in research skills, an interest in extending their capacities to the field of evaluation, and a commitment to thinking deeply about culturally responsive evaluation practice.

The Internship: Building on the training content described below, the interns work the equivalent of approximately two days per week at an internship site near their home institutions from approximately September 1 to July 1. The interns may work on a single evaluation project or multiple projects at the site, but all internship work is focused on building skills and confidence in real-world evaluation practices. Interns receive a stipend of $8,000 in recognition of their internship work based on completion of the internship and satisfactory finalization of program requirements, including any deliverables due to the host agency, progress reports, and reflections on the internship experience.

Training and Networking Components: It is assumed that students come to the program with basic qualitative and quantitative research skills. The GEDI Program then works to extend those skills to evaluation through multiple activities:

Fall Seminar . A five-day intensive seminar, held in Claremont, California, provides an orientation that expands the student’s knowledge and understanding of critical issues in evaluation, including thinking about building evaluation capacities to work across cultures and diverse groups. The interns complete a self-assessment in the Fall, clarifying their own goals during program participation.

AEA Annual Conference . Interns will spend a week at the American Evaluation Association annual conference. While there, they attend  (a) pre-conference workshops selected to fill gaps in their knowledge and skills, (b) conference sessions exploring the breadth and depth of the field, and (c) multiple networking events to connect them with senior colleagues. The interns also conduct a small-service learning project in the form of an evaluation of one component of the conference.

Winter Seminar . A three-day seminar, held in January or February, provides the students with additional training, coaching on their evaluation projects, and panel discussions with evaluation practitioners working in a range of contexts.

Evaluation Project . Interns will have the opportunity to provide support to an agency’s evaluation activities in close proximity to their graduate institution. Interns will provide three updates on their evaluation project activities as part of the internship program, describing and reflecting on the application of their evaluation knowledge to the actual project activities.

Monthly Webinars.  The students gather each month for a two-hour webinar to check in on evaluation projects and site placements, add to existing skill-sets, and learn from invited guest speakers.

AEA/CDC Summer Evaluation Institute . The program ends with attendance at the Summer Evaluation Institute held in Atlanta each June. There, students once again connect and finalize project reporting, attend training workshops, and participate in a graduation ceremony.

Specific Support Mechanisms: Interns are supported by colleagues at school, at their site placements, and within the sponsoring association:

An Academic Advisor. The academic advisor at the Intern’s home institution supports and coordinates coursework and other activities, while helping to integrate the internship program with the student’s plan of study.

A Sponsoring Agency. Students generally are matched with sponsoring agencies near their graduate institution that provide the opportunity to perform evaluation activities compatible with students’ research interests and skills.

Supervising Mentor. A colleague at the host site with evaluation experience acts as a guide and mentor throughout the program.

GEDI Program Leadership . GEDI Program Director and AEA Past-President Dr. Stewart Donaldson is an experienced evaluator. Working with a cadre of colleagues, he and Co-Director Dr. Ashaki M. Jackson oversee the curriculum and site placements. Throughout the internship the leadership are available to guide, advise, and support the interns in achieving their professional goals and the goals of the program.

AEA Staff Support. AEA staff provides logistical support throughout the internship. Post-internship, they work to connect program graduates with opportunities for leadership, participation, and networking within the association.

Online Community. The GEDI cohort uses an online community space for checking in, turning in updates, asking questions, and informal networking.

Student Benefits: Interns receive support from advisors and mentors, quality training focused on evaluation, real-world work experience, registration waivers and guidance at two professional evaluation conferences, and multiple opportunities for professional networking. In recognition of the time involved in the program (approximately 2 days per week), each intern also receives a stipend and is reimbursed for major travel expenses related to the program (airfare and shared hotel specifically), but is responsible for travel incidentals (to and from home/airport, to/from hotels, meals not taken together, etc.).

Eligibility: We seek students who are not already enrolled in an evaluation program/specialization or pursuing an evaluation degree who:

*   Are enrolled in a masters or doctoral-level program in the United States and have completed the equivalent of one full year of graduate level coursework;
*   Are residing in the United States;
*   Have already been exposed to research methods and substantive issues in their field of expertise;
*   Demonstrate via written essays the relevance of evaluation training to their career plans and their commitment to culturally responsive practice;
*   Are eligible to work for pay in the United States outside of an academic environment (non-U.S. citizens will be asked to provide documentation of current eligibility); and
*   Have support from his/her academic advisor.

Criteria for Selection: The interns will be selected based on their completed applications, materials provided, and subsequent finalist interviews focusing on:

*   Their thinking around and commitment to culturally responsive evaluation practice;
*   The alignment between their skills, aspirations, locale, and internship site placement needs;
*   The quality of their academic, extracurricular, and personal experiences as preparation for GEDI; and
*   Their capacity to carry out and complete the program, including support from an academic advisor

To apply: Download the GEDI Application<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=hepbqjxab.0.0.qkw6hdbab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.eval.org%2Fd%2Fdo%2F559>  and return all requested materials via email as described on that document on or before Friday, June 16, 2017. Please note that it may take a few weeks to compile the requested information and thus we recommend that you begin as soon as possible before the deadline.

Questions: We recommend beginning by reviewing our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=hepbqjxab.0.0.qkw6hdbab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.eval.org%2Fp%2Fcm%2Fld%2Ffid%3D182>. Should you have further questions about the program, email gedi@e<mailto:gedi@eval.org>val.org<mailto:gedi@eval.org> .
More about the program: Go to the GEDI homepage<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=hepbqjxab.0.0.qkw6hdbab.0&id=preview&r=3&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.eval.org%2FGEDI>

National Indigenous Elders Justice Initiative Innovation Grant Announced

The National Indigenous Elders Justice Initiative (NIEJI) has released a call for proposals for the Native Elder Abuse Innovation Awards 2017. The NIEJI Innovation Grant focuses on developing strategies to address the issue of elder abuse in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. The NIEJI Innovation Grant can be used to develop elder protection programs, gather tribal data about elder abuse in Indian Country, and/or produce additional training modules for professionals on working on elder abuse in Indian Country.

The application due date is Friday, June 30, 2017.

To find out more about the NIEJI Innovation Grant, please click here.