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JULY 2017 NEWSLETTER
A Message From The Associate Dean
Please join me in congratulating Samantha Tirey on her appointment as Assistant Director of the Office of Research & Development. Samantha has worked for Indiana University since 2011. She joined the School of Education in 2015 as a Contract and Grant Specialist, splitting her time between the P-16 Center for Research and Collaboration and the Office of Research & Development. On July 1, her position transitioned into a full-time position in R&D with significantly more leadership responsibilities associated with directing the R&D operations and to more strongly liaise with the School’s research centers. We are very fortunate to have her with us full time!

As always, please feel free to contact us at randd@indiana.edu to discuss your Research and Development needs.

Gayle Buck
Interim Associate Dean for Research and Development
Are you searching for external funding opportunities?

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) maintains a list of resources for locating external funding opportunities. There are different databases to search through using Pivot, the foundation database, or Grants.gov to name a few. Click here to discover all the funding searches available to you.

  • Limited Submission Opportunities
  • Search Databases
  • Pre-Filtered Searches
  • Propriety Databases
  • Disciplinary Funding Sources
  • General List of Funding Sources
The Research Gateway will give you information on:
  • Internal/external funding opportunities
  • How to get started writing your grant, submitting it, and managing the financial end
  • Information on compliance (human subjects, safety, etc.)
  • Proposal Development
You can also sign up for regular emails concerning research activities and funding opportunities, proposal preparation/submission, and more.

Corporate and Foundation Relations: resources for those within the Indiana University community seeking support from nongovernmental organizations for research, teaching, and other programs.
Select External Funding Opportunities
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)
Explorer Award

Deadline: Rolling
Award: $70,000 including indirect costs for one year, non-renewable
The mission of SFARI is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance. Explorer Awards are intended to provide resources to support exploratory experiments that will strengthen hypotheses and lead to the formulation of competitive applications for subsequent larger-scale funding by SFARI or other organizations. Innovative, high-risk/high-impact proposals are encouraged. SFARI especially encourages applications from investigators who are new to the field of autism, but who have expertise that could be brought to bear on this complex disorder.

Spencer Foundation
Small Research Grants

Deadline: Aug. 1, 2017, Nov. 1, 2017
Award: $50,000 or less
This program funds academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Areas of research include: 1) field-initiated, 2) relationship between education and social opportunity, 3) teaching, learning and instructional resources, 4) the new civics, 5) organize learning in schools, and 6) purpose and values of education.

Spencer Foundation
Lyle Spencer Research Award

Letter of Intent Deadline: Oct. 12, 2017
Award: $100,000 and $1,000,000.
  1. Aims to identify work that offers a strong prospect of making a meaningful advance in the understanding of education practice and, through that improved understanding, ultimately making education better.
  2. Encourages proposals initiated by scholars across a variety of disciplines and fields in an effort to create much-needed space for creative and ambitious research projects that promise to advance our understanding of educational practice and its improvement.
  3. Scholars should be able to answer the following question: How in the end does the work you are undertaking contribute to making the practice of education better?
Select Internal Funding Opportunities
Research Equipment Fund
Deadlines: Aug. 1 and Feb. 1
Amount: between $10,000 and $200,000. NOTE: This amount includes a 50% match from the participating unit(s)
This fund supports the purchase or development of research equipment to be used by groups of investigators who are working on innovative projects that already have, or have the potential for, sustainable external support.

Grand-in-Aid
Deadlines: Oct. 2 and Feb. 15
Amount: Up to $3,000
Supports faculty research and scholarship; initiate new faculty research and creative activities; and supply modest support at unusually critical times. Faculty who have received the award during the past six semesters are not eligible to apply.

Bridge Funding Program
Deadline: Open
Amount: Varies
To provide modest financial support for faculty research and scholarship during times when externally funded research programs are between grant cycles. Funds will be used to maintain research programs at a level adequate to ensure continuing viability.
Spotlight on an R&D Initiative
Big Data from Small Groups: Learning Analytics and Adaptive Support in Game-based Collaborative Learning
This is a research project supporting a model of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) that combines the advantages of game based learning with problem based learning. Good game based learning environments combine rich scenarios with engaging activities to serendipitously provide student learning. These learning environments also provide an opportunity for players to collaborate in reaching their game goals. Good problem based learning environments provide support for the solution of complex and ill-structured problems.

The combination of these two types of learning environments promises to provide the engagement and richness of game based learning with the support environment to engage middle school students in authentic science. Both of these environments are computer based so the actions and interactions of the students and teachers are captured for analysis. Applying learning analytics to the captured data provides information on student learning for the teacher, provides learning information to the student for self-reflection and improved learning, and provides information for the system designer to improve the effectiveness of the new CSCL environment. This project is led by Dr. Cindy Hmelo-Silver and Dr. Krista Glazewski through the Center for Research on Learning and Technology.
 
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