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Program Evaluation for Proposals

We can meet with you to discuss your program or proposal ideas. Please call (608) 263-4256 or email: cmpribbenow@wisc.edu

Current proposal deadlines

Title: Education grants
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Deadline: Ongoing; letters of inquiry accepted year round
Summary: Lumina’s goal is to increase the higher education attainment rate of the United States to 60% by 2025. While the Foundation's mission focuses on both student access and success in higher education, its emphasis is on attainment, defined as completing associate and baccalaureate degrees and credentials. The Foundation focuses on increasing awareness of the benefits of higher education, improving student access to and preparedness for college, improving student success in college, and productivity across the higher education system. See the website for the foundation’s current funding strategies.
URL: http://www.luminafoundation.org/grants.html

Title: Research grants
Sponsor: William T. Grant Foundation
Deadlines: January 10, May 2, August 1, 2018 for letters of inquiry
Summary: The foundation funds research that builds stronger theory and empirical evidence in one of two focus areas: (1) programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and (2) strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.
The foundation intends for the research it supports to inform change. While the foundation does not expect that any one study will create that change, the research should contribute to a body of useful knowledge to improve the lives of young people.
URL: See http://wtgrantfoundation.org/grants/research-grants for the latest application guide.

Title: Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
Sponsor: NSF 18-511
Deadlines: December 29, 2018 for internal UW–Madison review;
February 1, 2018 for full proposal to NSF
Summary: PFI has six broad goals: (1) identify and support Foundation-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization; (2) support prior or current Foundation-sponsored researchers, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education to undertake proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-funded research and have potential market value; (3) promote sustainable partnerships among Foundation-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology; (4) develop multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry; (5) catalyze professional development activities, mentoring, and best practices in entrepreneurship and technology translation for faculty, students and researchers; and (6) expand the participation of women and individuals from underrepresented groups in innovation, technology translation, and entrepreneurship.

There are two tracks for proposals in pursuit of the six aforementioned goals.

The Technology Translation (TT) track offers an NSF-funded researcher the opportunity to advance his or her prior NSF-funded research results towards developing technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. Projects are supported to demonstrate proof-of-concept, prototype, or technology development and scale-up while exposing faculty and students (and engaging them in) in innovation and entrepreneurially-focused activities that could possibly lead to partnership opportunities, the creation of new intellectual property and technologically-driven commercialization outcomes that address societal needs. (This track has a “lineage requirement”; see NSF RFP for details.)

The Research Partnerships (RP) track supports partnerships between academic researchers and a variety of third-party organizations (e.g., industry, federal laboratories, other universities) to conduct applied research in highly collaborative, multidisciplinary teams, on problems typically beyond the reach of a single researcher. The goal is to catalyze robust and synergistic partnerships and collaborations to drive and accelerate the translation of federally-funded fundamental research results into innovations that, through technology development and commercialization, will have a significant economic and societal impact.

NOTE: UW–Madison may submit only two proposals, thus there is an internal competition. To submit for internal review, please follow this link: https://inic-uwmadison.fluidreview.com/ Required material includes: cover sheet with team members, partners and track (TT or RP), CV, 3-page description of how your program meets the goals of the solicitation.

If you plan to run the project through WCER, please also send notice of your intent to apply internally to Bob Mathieu. This will help WCER staff prepare to be involved in the submission should it pass internal review.
URL: The NSF funding announcement: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18511/nsf18511.htm

Title: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) (R25)
Sponsor: NIH
Deadlines: January 2, 2018 for UW–Madison internal review;
January 26, 2018 for submission to NIH.
Summary: The goal of this program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical research workforce. To accomplish this goal, funding will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on:
Courses for Skills Development: For example, advanced courses in a specific discipline or research area, clinical procedures for research, or specialized research techniques.

Research Experiences: For example, for undergraduate students: to provide hands-on exposure to research, to reinforce their intent to graduate with a cutting-edge science degree, and/or to prepare them for graduate school admissions and/or careers in research; for graduate students: to provide cutting-edge modern research experiences and related training and mentoring not available through formal NIH training mechanisms.  An integral part of the program will be to engage in unique, targeted recruitment of individuals from currently underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences research enterprise to ensure a diverse student cohort.

NOTE: UW–Madison may submit only one proposal, thus there is an internal competition. To submit for internal review, please follow this link: https://inic-uwmadison.fluidreview.com/ Required material includes: project summary (1 page), Research Education Program Plan (6 pages), and a budget overview (1 page).

If you plan to run the project through WCER, please also send notice of your intent to apply internally to Bob Mathieu. This will help WCER staff prepare to be involved in the submission. should it pass internal review.
URL: The NIH funding announcement: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-17-053.html

Title: Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier
Sponsor: NSF 17-598
Deadline: January 8, 2018
Summary: The purpose of the program is to fund exploratory and synergistic research in learning technologies to prepare learners to excel in work at the human-technology frontier. This program responds to the pressing societal need to educate and re-educate learners of all ages (students, teachers and workers) in STEM content areas to ultimately function in highly technological environments, including in collaboration with intelligent systems. Innovative technologies can reshape learning processes, which in turn can influence new technology design. Learning technology research in this program should be informed by the convergence of multiple disciplines: education and learning sciences, computer and information science and engineering, and cognitive, behavioral and social sciences. This program funds learning technology research in STEM and other foundational areas that enable STEM learning.
URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17598/nsf17598.htm