10 Tips on Grant Writing from a Seasoned Reviewer

Excerpted from The Chronicle of Higher Education by Jude P. Mikal, June 18, 2021

Here are 10 tips to help you write your grant application and guide reviewers to the information they need to advocate for your research.

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UF IT Provides Proposal Support for Researchers

UF IT is committed to doing everything possible to enable the research community. In addition to providing high performance computing consulting, UF IT staff can help make your sponsored funding proposals more competitive with letters and templates related to the computing and infrastructure needs of your project. There are four components that UF IT’s Research Computing staff can assist with as follows:

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What Is New at the UF IRB? IRB Best Practices and Changes to Documents and Templates

The UF Institutional Review Board (IRB) offers three best practices designed to keep your studies and submissions running smoothly.

  1. E-mailing your study participants? Services like REDCap can do so securely.
  2. Need documents stamped by the IRB? Use Microsoft Word or PDFs to keep things moving.
  3. Want to be sure your study is heard at a specific Full Board meeting? Pay close attention to meeting deadline updates.

In addition, UF IRB has recently updated some of its documents. Please be sure to download the latest versions from the IRB Policies, Guidelines, and Guidances webpage and double-check that you are using the most up-to-date copy. Some Smart Forms also have been redesigned. For more information, please see Smart Forms: What does the IRB look for?

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eRA Reminder: Switch to Supported Browsers, the Use of Internet Explorer to Be Phased Out by July 19, 2021

Users will no longer be able to access eRA modules via the Internet Explorer (IE) browser effective July 19, 2021. Users are encouraged to switch to other supported browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari (and Microsoft Edge starting on July 20), when using eRA systems (see eRA’s Browser Compatibility statement).

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Awarded Projects for June 2021

Congratulations to Julie Brown, Chonika Coleman King, Anne Corinne Manley, and Catherine Paolucci for their award from the National Science Foundation; Ashley Pennypacker Hill for her award from the Florida Department of Education; Kathrin Maki for her award from the Society for the Study of School Psychology; Philip Poekert for his award from the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida; Philip Poekert for his award from the School Board of Seminole County; Philip Poekert for his award from Episcopal Children’s Services; Brian Reichow, Patricia Snyder, and Matthew Gurka for their award from the U.S. Department of Education/IES; Jacqueline Swank, Sondra Smith, and Caronne Rush their award from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration; Ross van Boven for his award from the Florida Department of Education; and Pengfei Zhao for her award from the National Academy of Education.

For more details, see the Awarded Projects table.

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Submitted Projects for June 2021

Best wishes to Catherine Cavanaugh and Philip Poekert for their proposal to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Chris Curran, Christopher Redding, and Philip Poekert for their proposal to Impact Florida; Alice Kaye Emery for her proposal to the Florida Department of Education; Nicholas Gage and Christopher Redding for their proposal to the U.S. Department of Education/OSERS; Ashley Pennypacker Hill for her proposal to the Florida Department of Education; Herman Knopf for his proposal to the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation; Holly Lane, Kristi Cheyney-Collante, Nicholas Gage, and Vivian Gonsalves for their proposal to the U.S. Department of Education/OSERS; Holly Lane, Kristi Cheyney-Collante, Vivian Gonsalves, and Kathrin Maki for their proposal to the U.S. Department of Education/OSERS; Kathrin Maki and Stephanie Snidarich for their proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Erica McCray, Hannah Mathews, and Chonika Coleman King for their proposal to the U.S. Department of Education/OSERS; Philip Poekert for his subcontract proposal DHHS Flow Through from Florida’s Office of Early Learning; Philip Poekert for his proposal to the Louisiana Department of Education; Philip Poekert for his proposal to the Richland County School District One; Paige Pullen for her proposal to Family Services of Central Massachusetts – Seven Hills; Paige Pullen for her proposal to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Paige Pullen for her proposal to Tufts University; Paige Pullen for her proposal to the Tri-County Community Council; Seyedahmad Rahimi for his subcontract proposal IES Flow Through from the University of Pennsylvania; Zuchao Shen and Wei Li for their proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Eunjin “Jinnie” Shin, Walter Leite, and Holly Lane for their subcontract proposal Spencer Foundation Flow Through from the University of Alberta; Jacqueline Swank and Sondra Smith their proposal to the U.S. Department of Education/OSERS; Wanli Xing for his proposal to Schwab Charitable; Pengfei Zhao and Danling Fu for their proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Pengfei Zhao for her proposal to the National Academy of Education; and Tina Smith-Bonahue for her subcontract proposal Spencer Foundation Flow Through from the Erikson Institute.

For more details, see the Submitted Projects table.

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OER Requests Notification for IES and Summer Grant Submissions

Due to the high number of proposals submitted during the summer, please let us know if you intend to pursue a grant, so we can arrange to provide services to all. The Capital Needs form has been updated and is located here: https://education.ufl.edu/educational-research/capital-needs-form. We will announce the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) summer deadline dates as soon as they become available.

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COE Faculty Collaborate on NSF Racial Equity in STEM Education RFP and Additional Projects

Several College of Education (COE) faculty have met to discuss collaborating on a submission to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Racial Equity in STEM Education funding opportunity. The Lastinger Center is interested in pursuing the opportunities discussed around investigating the fairness of assessments in virtual learning environments for mathematics and the data analytics conversation around exploring the characteristics of positive outliers among mathematics educators supporting Black and Latinx students.

In August, we will be in touch with the individuals who participated in those breakout groups to continue dialogue. Please let Phil Poekert (poekert@coe.ufl.edu) know if you were not in those groups but would be interested in exploring these possibilities further.

In other areas, we already have teams working around developing culturally responsive curricular materials for students and professional development materials for teachers in secondary mathematics. Please let Phil know if anyone would be interested in connecting with those teams.

Aside from that, we encourage our colleagues to continue dialogue around other areas of collaboration beyond the Lastinger Center’s work areas. Of note, our colleagues focusing on science education had an interesting discussion around supports for Black and Latinx students to develop positive identities as science learners. If you are interested in this line of inquiry and want to join a group of faculty conceptualizing this further, contact Ana Puig (anapuig@coe.ufl.edu).

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UF Research Offers NIH Bridge2AI Town Hall

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) will propel biomedical research forward by adopting artificial intelligence (AI) and generating new “flagship” data sets and best practices for machine learning analysis. The Bridge2AI program will bring technological and biomedical experts together with social scientists and humanists to solve complex challenges.

UF Research is organizing a town hall on June 11 (Friday), 11:00am – 12:30pm to facilitate teaming on one or more data generation projects and to identify potential working groups around each module.

To assist us with the organizing of the town hall, please fill out the Qualtrics survey at https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6fI3uTrsVGn5Rsy. Please complete the survey by June 10 at 10am.

Please note that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has also recently opened registration for its town halls and teaming activities, please register here.

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U.S. Office of Management and Budget Releases President’s FY 2022 Budget

On May 28, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 budget. The budget proposes historic increases in funding for R&D across a range of scientific agencies—including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Education (U.S. ED), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and others.

The president’s FY 2022 budget request to Congress includes $10.2 billion for the NSF; $102.8 billion for the U.S. ED, including $737 million for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES); $131.8 billion for the HHS; and $35.3 billion for the DOJ. Some key investment areas are as follows:

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NSF Offers IUSE Proposal Preparation Webinar

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will offer an Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) webinar focusing on opportunities for funding in the IUSE: EHR program, specifically associated with the new IUSE solicitation, NSF 21-579 due date July 21, 2021.

An audio archive and slides will be posted after the webinar at https://aaas-iuse.org. A proposal preparation toolkit and additional resources are also available. 

June 8, 2021
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Register here.

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U.S. ED Grants Offers Webinar for Funding Education Technology and Hybrid Learning

The U.S. Department of Education (U.S. ED) is host to a number of technology-friendly grant programs across a number of content areas that can be leveraged for hybrid learning classroom equipment and teacher training needs.

June 8, 2021
2 pm EDT
Register here.

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From the IES Director: Charting the Future of NCES: Our First NASEM Panel Discussion

On May 10, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and Institute of Education Sciences (IES) staff convened the first public panel meeting to discuss the future of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IES Director Mark Schneider shares some of the themes explored and invites you to attend the next panel. NASEM will solicit public comments at various times during their discovery and writing processes.

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NASEM and IES Convene for Next Panel Discussion Open to the Public

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) will convene an expert committee to discuss the Future of Education Research at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) on (a) critical problems where new research is needed; (b) new methods or approaches for conducting research; and (c) new types of research training investments.

The next meeting is open to the public. There may be an opportunity for formal public input as part of this meeting.

June 29, 2021
10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET
For more information, email: IESResAgen@nas.edu

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From the IES Director: A Look at the New NAEP Science Scores

On May 25, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released the latest results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science assessment. IES Director Mark Schneider said that in the world of student performance as reflected in NAEP, “no change in scores” is about the best news there is. And so it is with the latest science results: little change overall, with students at the bottom of the score distribution falling even further behind.

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