Grant Writing Tips: Letter of Commitment

A very common element of grant proposals is a letter of commitment from one’s department chair (in the case of COE, school director). See the following grant writing tip reprinted by permission from Grantseeker Tips newsletter Issue #362, June 18, 2013 published by Miner and Associates, Inc.

What information should be included in a letter of commitment from a department chair?

Department chair commitment letters are crucial because they help document the environment in which the research will be conducted and reassure the reviewers that there is institutional “buy-in” of the PI and the project.

Depending on each faculty member’s situation, letters may contain the following items:

•     Affirmation that the faculty member is a “rising star” in the department with a unique skill set.

•     Assurance that the faculty member will be given protected released time to carry out the proposed project.

•     Promise that the faculty member will have guaranteed access to essential departmental and university resources such as instrumentation, equipment, library holdings, computers, and similar items.

•     Pledge that the faculty member will be able to use “start-up package funding” or internal seed support to complement grant funding.

•     Guarantee that the faculty member will be provided support personnel to help carry out the project (e.g., student support from undergraduates, graduates, or post-docs; laboratory support from electrical or mechanical personnel; and research design and statistical analysis expertise).

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Awarded Projects for June 2013

College of Education – Awarded Projects – June 2013
Principal Investigator: Donald Pemberton (Lastinger Center for Learning)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Madison for Education Consultancy, LLC
Project Title: Training Services Agreement
Project Period: 02/02/2013—08/31/2016
Award Amount: $1,815,099.00
Principal Investigator: Donald Pemberton (Lastinger Center for Learning)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Zero to Three
Project Title: Zero to Three—Doris Duke Part B
Project Period: 06/01/2013—11/30/2015
Award Amount: $93,500.00

Submitted Projects for June 2013

College of Education – Submitted Projects – June 2013
Principal Investigator: Lynda Hayes (PK Yonge)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: IDEA, Part B, Entitlement 2013-2014
Requested Amount: $196,593.00
Principal Investigator: Lynda Hayes (PK Yonge)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: Title I Part A: Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged 2013-2014
Requested Amount: $136,292.01
Principal Investigator: Lynda Hayes (PK Yonge)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: Title II, Part A, Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund 2013-2014
Requested Amount: $27,819.25
Principal Investigator: Virginia Dodd (College of Dentistry)
Co-PI: Anne Corinne Huggins (SHDOSE)
Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health
Proposal Title: Developing an Instrument to Measure the Antecedents of Oral Health Literacy
Requested Amount: $16,118.00
Principal Investigator: Philip Poekert (Lastinger Center for Learning)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: SRI International (Subcontract)
Proposal Title: Validation of SunBay Middle School Mathematics
Requested Amount: $2,241,002.00

New Research Tool for UF Students, Faculty, and Staff: Statista.com

The UF George A. Smathers Libraries are now subscribers to Statista.com, the first statistics portal in the world to integrate data on over 60,000 topics from over 18,000 sources onto a single professional platform. Categorized into 21 market sectors, Statista.com provides companies, business customers, research institutions, and the academic community with direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets.

Faculty, students, and staff can download graphs, which will be a useful resource for student papers and faculty lectures as well as a reference tool that indexes, sources, and links to original sources of data.

For more information, contact Peter McKay, Business Librarian, at pzmckay@uflib.ufl.edu or 352-273-2634.

Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Education Research News

The IES periodically publishes its own newsletter of grant-related information on its website. The current issue includes information on the following:

  • Use of technology in research projects
  • Regional Educational Laboratory partnership with public television to disseminate research findings
  • Results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress Economics Report Card
  • IES grantees receive research and journal awards
  • National Center for Education Evaluation & Regional Assistance work with ED program offices on large-scale evaluations
  • New Fast Facts from the National Center for Education Statistics
  • Webinars on upcoming funding opportunities

To view the newsletter or subscribe, see http://ies.ed.gov/whatsnew/newsletters/.

New Effort Reporting Classes Are Available

Research administration staff members have been advised to complete two new effort reporting classes to better assist them in answering questions from faculty and principal investigators.

The RSH230 course is mandatory for any new individual who wants to acquire the effort coordinator role to allocate effort, and the RSH200 course explains how to use the system. The classes were designed by the Division of Sponsored Research, Contracts and Grants, and Human Resources. All people involved with budgeting and managing sponsored funds are strongly encouraged to complete these online courses.  For more information, please contact the Division of Sponsored Research.

Awarded Projects for May 2013

College of Education – Awarded Projects – May 2013
Principal Investigator: Elayne Colón (Dean’s Area)
Co-PI: Thomas Dana (Dean’s Area), Theresa Vernetson (Dean’s Area)
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Project Title: Revision of Standard Guidelines for Initial Teacher Preparation Programs
Project Period: 04/18/2013—06/30/2013
Award Amount: $45,000.00

Submitted Projects for May 2013

College of Education – Submitted Projects – May 2013
Principal Investigator: Marisa Stukey (PK Yonge)
Co-PI: Christy Garison (PK Yonge)
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: District Evaluation Systems Monitoring
Requested Amount: $30,000.00
Principal Investigator: Hazel Jones (SESPECS)
Co-PI: Kristi Cheyney (SESPECS)
Funding Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Proposal Title: A Visual-Ethographic Investigation/Installation: Early Literacy Prazis within the Subsidized Childcare System
Requested Amount: $50,000.00
Principal Investigator: Donald Pemberton (Lastinger Center)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
Proposal Title: Zero to Three: Doris Duke Part B
Requested Amount: $93,500.00
Principal Investigator: Donna Neff (College of Nursing)
Co-PI: David Miller (SHDOSE)
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Proposal Title: Simulation Team Training for Timely Intervention During Respiratory Deterioration
Requested Amount: $30,624.00

Awarded Projects for April 2013

College of Education – Awarded Projects – April 2013
Principal Investigator: Don Pemberton (Lastinger Center for Learning)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Florida Office of Early Learning
Project Title: Early Care and Education Needs Assessment (RFP 2013-33 Rebid)
Project Period: 04/23/2013—08/31/2013
Award Amount: $368,113.00
Principal Investigator: Danling Fu (STL)
Co-PI: Cynthia Chennault (Languages, Literatures and Culture)
Funding Agency: National Security Agency
Project Title: StarTalk 2013 at the University of Florida for Teachers of Chinese
Project Period: 04/22/2013—02/28/2014
Award Amount: $89,086.00
Principal Investigator: Don Pemberton (Lastinger Center for Learning)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
Proposal Title: Subcontract 2013030050
Project Period: 03/01/2013—11/30/2014
Award Amount: $128,150.00

Submitted Projects for April 2013

College of Education – Submitted Projects – April 2013
Principal Investigator: Elayne Colon (Dean’s Area)
Co-PI: Tom Dana (Dean’s Area) and Theresa Vernetson (Dean’s Area)
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: Revision of Standard Guidelines for Initial Teacher Preparation
Requested Amount: $45,000.00
Principal Investigator: Michael Bowie (RRMA)
Co-PI: Theresa Vernetson (Dean’s Area)
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Proposal Title: College Reach Out Program (CROP)
Requested Amount: $165,690.00
Principal Investigator: Don Pemberton (Lastinger Center for Learning)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
Proposal Title: Subcontract 2013030050
Requested Amount: $128,150.00
Principal Investigator: Thomas Emmel (Natural History, McGuire Center)
Co-PI: Pasha Antonenko (STL)
Funding Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Proposal Title: Blackbirds and Eagles: A Traveling Exhibit to Extend Aeronautics Outreach by Synergistically Relating Aircraft and Biology
Requested Amount: $171,976.00
Principal Investigator: Phil Poekert (Lastinger Center for Learning)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Proposal Title: Algebra Nation
Requested Amount: $250,000.00
Principal Investigator: Pete Villarreal (SHDOSE)
Co-PI: Dale Campbell (SHDOSE), Pilar Mendoza (SHDOSE)
Funding Agency: US Department of State/Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs
Proposal Title: US-Indonesian Community College Leadership Academy
Requested Amount: $381,803.00

Holmes Scholars Attend AACTE Annual Meeting

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From Left to Right: Thomas Moore, Melanie Acosta, Associate Dean Thomasenia Lott Adams, Shaunte Elliott, and Frank Conic

The UF College of Education Holmes Scholars represented UF at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), “Meeting Emerging PK-12 Needs,” Feb. 28 – March 2, in Orlando, Florida.

The UF COE Holmes Scholars participated in activities designed to provide academic, social, and emotional supports. They presented original research on the topic of cultural diversity in research-intensive universities and received beneficial feedback that will refine their skills.

The scholars met with faculty and peers from across the nation helping to build their professional networks. They also attended conference sessions on developing a personal identity as a researcher, preparing a dissertation, and becoming a scholarly writer.

Associate Dean Adams accompanied the scholars at the conference and noted that the college’s effort to strengthen diversity among doctoral students is undergirded by the college’s participation in the Holmes Scholars Program. She also emphasized that “targeted mentoring of the college’s Holmes Scholars by faculty in each school is critical to the scholars’ success.”

The Holmes Scholars® Program, established in 1991, is designed to enrich the scholarly experience and professional training of talented graduate-level students from underrepresented minority backgrounds or students with disabilities pursuing careers in education. For further information, please visit the AACTE Holmes Scholars Program at http://aacte.org/programs/holmes-scholars-program/.

Research Event in April 2013

Conducting Research in preK-12 Schools

Panel Members: Pasha Antonenko, Brianna Kennedy-Lewis, & Tina Smith-Bonahue

April 10, 2013
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Terrace Room

RSVP to Rosie: rconnolly@coe.ufl.edu by Monday, April 8.
Bring your lunch. Refreshments and cookies will be served.

Awarded Projects for March 2013

College of Education – Awarded Projects – March 2013
Principal Investigator: Donald Pemberton (Lastinger Center for Learning)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Zero to Three
Project Title: Subcontract for Online Lesson Plans
Project Period: 03/01/2013—01/31/2015
Award Amount: $79,750.00

Submitted Projects for March 2013

College of Education – Submitted Projects – March 2013
Principal Investigator: Albert Ritzhaupt (STL)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Proposal Title: CS 10K: Innovative Mobile Pedagogical Approach to Computing Topics
Requested Amount: $948,898.00
Principal Investigator: Albert Ritzhaupt (STL)
Co-PI: Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko (STL), Meera Sitharam (CISE)
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Proposal Title: CS 10K: Massively Open Online Course for Computer Science Teachers (MOOC-CST)
Requested Amount: $975,511.00
Principal Investigator: Ester de Jong (STL)
Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: The International Baccalaureate (IB)
Proposal Title: The IB and Dual Language Interface
Requested Amount: $49,976.00
Principal Investigator: Diane Ryndak (SESPECS)
Co-PI: Ann-Marie Orlando (SESPECS)
Funding Agency: US Department of Education/OSERS—OSEP
Proposal Title: Accessing the Common Core for Every Student with Severe Disabilities (ACCESS)
Requested Amount: $1,249,935.00