Learning through Evaluation,
Adaptation, and Dissemination


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 11, 2017; May 3, 2017; August 2, 2017 for initial letters of inquiry
Summary: WT Grant supports high-quality research that is relevant to policies and practices that affect the lives of young people ages 5 to 25 in the United States. It funds research that increases understanding of programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and research that identifies, builds, and tests strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. The application process for all research grants begins with a letter of inquiry. Research grants on reducing inequality typically range from $100,000 to $600,000 and cover two to three years of support. Improving the use of research evidence grants will range from $100,000 to $1,000,000 and cover two to four years of support. Officers’ Research grants for both initiatives cover budgets up to $25,000.
URL: http://wtgrantfoundation.org/grants/research-grants

Title: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE)
Sponsor: NSF
Deadlines: August 9, 2017 for letter of intent (required); September 13, 2017 for full proposal
Summary: Despite significant increases in the proportion of women pursuing STEM doctoral degrees, women are significantly underrepresented as faculty, particularly in upper ranks, and in academic administrative positions, in almost all STEM fields. ADVANCE fosters gender equity through a focus on the identification and elimination of organizational barriers that impede the full participation and advancement of all women faculty in academic institutions. The goals of ADVANCE are to (1) develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers; (2) develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity that involve both men and women in the STEM academic workforce; and (3) contribute to the research knowledge base on gender equity and the intersection of gender and other identities in STEM academic careers. 

The current solicitation is for the Adaptation program track, which supports the adaptation and implementation of evidence-based organizational change strategies, ideally from among those developed and implemented by ADVANCE projects. Adaptation awards may support the adaptation and implementation of proven organizational change strategies within a non-profit 2-year or 4-year academic institution that has not had an ADVANCE IT award. Adaptation awards may also be made to a STEM organization to implement systemic change strategies focused across all STEM disciplines, several STEM disciplines, or within one STEM discipline. 

Title: Promise Neighborhoods Program
Sponsor: Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement
Deadline: August 21, 2017
Summary: The Promise Neighborhoods program seeks to significantly improve the academic and developmental outcomes of children living in the most distressed communities of the United States, including ensuring school readiness, high school graduation, and access to a community-based continuum of highquality services. The program serves neighborhoods with high concentrations of low-income individuals; multiple signs of distress, which may include high rates of poverty, childhood obesity, academic failure, and juvenile delinquency, adjudication, or incarceration; and schools implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities or targeted support and improvement activities.

Title: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Sponsor: NSF 13-542
Deadline: August 23, 2017
Summary: REU supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by NSF. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department or may offer interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. (2) REU Supplements may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements or may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects.
URL: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2013/nsf13542/nsf13542.htm

Title: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Sponsor: NSF 17-573
Deadlines: September 11, 2017 for internal UW review; November 6, 2017 for full proposal
Summary: AISL 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. AISL 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.
UW may serve as lead on no more than three proposals. For instructions on the internal UW review, please see: https://inic-uwmadison.fluidreview.com/

Title: Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
Sponsor: NSF 17-579
Deadlines: November 3, 2017 for Bridge to the Doctorate;
November 17, 2017 for Pre-Alliance Planning, Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B), STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Projects;
January 26, 2018 for STEM Pathways and Research Alliances;
January 26, 2018 for Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation;
Summary: LSAMP seeks to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the nation’s STEM workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines. LSAMP also supports knowledge generation, knowledge utilization, program impact and dissemination type activities. Overall, LSAMP provides funding to alliances that implement comprehensive, evidence-based, innovative, and sustained strategies that ultimately result in the graduation of well-prepared, highly-qualified students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue graduate studies or careers in STEM. Project types under this program include:

  1. Alliances are consortia of multiple degree-granting institutions. Types include: (a) STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Alliance projects focused on a particular STEM pathway; (b) STEM Pathways and Research Alliances projects that focus on the full STEM pathway and provide direct support for undergraduate students but also serve as a hub for the production of scholarly STEM research and evaluation to increase the knowledge-base and utilization in broadening participation; (c) Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B) Alliances that involve associate degree producing institutions for which the lead institution must be a community college.
  2. Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) projects are two-year projects eligible only to existing alliances. These projects are focused on providing post-baccalaureate fellowship support to a cohort of 12 LSAMP students for the first two years of their STEM graduate studies and providing the necessary academic and research skills that will enable them to successfully earn STEM doctoral degrees and transition into the STEM workforce.
  3. Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation (LSRCE) projects have wide latitude for design with a focus on technical assistance in the broadening participation arena, for example, and are focused on increasing the knowledge base on broadening participation topics through research, evaluation and synthesis activities.
  4. Pre-Alliance Planning projects undertake planning activities necessary to form new alliances.\
  5. Conferences and other supplemental funding opportunities for LSAMP alliances or LSAMP institutions.


Title: Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)
Sponsor: NSF 17-584
Deadline: November 14, 2017
Summary: DRK-12 seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of STEM by preK-12 students and teachers through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. 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. DRK-12 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. There are 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. The program supports five types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, and (5) Conferences and Syntheses.