Awarded Projects for January 2022

Congratulations to Philip Poekert for his award from Children First Professional Development Center; Paige Pullen for her two awards from the Raymond School District – Lamprey River Elementary School and the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County; and Darbianne Shannon for her subcontract ACF Flow Through award from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.

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Submitted Projects for January 2022

Best wishes to Pavlo “Pasha” AntonenkoSwarup Bhunia, and Jeremy Wasiome for their proposal to NSF; Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko and Kara Dawson for their proposal to NSF; Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko for his two subcontract NSF Flow Through proposals to the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa; Anthony Botelho for his proposal to NSF and his subcontract IES Flow Through proposal to Graspable Math, Inc.; Catherine Cavanaugh for her subcontract DHHS Flow Through proposal to Florida’s Office of Early Learning; Elif Akcali and Elayne Colon for their proposal to NSF; Frank Fernandez for his proposal to the American Education Research Association; Ashley Pennypacker Hill for her proposal to the Florida Department of Education; Herman Knopf for his subcontract ACF Flow Through proposal to Florida’s Office of Early Learning; Mostafa Reisi GahrooeiDavid MillerIoannis Ampatzidis, and Ute Albrecht for their proposal to NSF; Paige Pullen for her proposal to United Way Suncoast; Matthew Schmidt for his proposal to NSF and his subcontract NIH Flow Through proposal to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Carla Schmidt for her subcontract IES Flow Through proposal to Behavioral Technologies Consulting Organization; Idalis Villanueva Alarcon and Linda Searby for their proposal to NSF; Eunjin “Jinnie” Shin for her proposal to the American Education Research Association; Tina Smith-Bonahue for her subcontract NSF Flow Through proposal to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Wanli Xing for his proposal to NSF.

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DSP Reminder: Sponsor Communication

A reminder that the UF Research Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP), as the Authorized Official, is the appropriate office to contact the sponsor with requests for effort commitment changes, budgetary changes, no cost extensions, contractual negotiations, and other official administrative correspondence. Template letters are available on the DSP website to help draft notification to the sponsor, to be signed by the Principal Investigator or other appropriate party, and countersigned by DSP.

DSP reviews all requests and ensures that all information is included; this prevents additional follow-up or clarification requests that may add additional time and unnecessary delay to any sponsor approval request. It also ensures that the appropriate official at the sponsoring agency reviews and approves the request. Please contact the DSP Awards Team at if you have any questions about the request before engaging the sponsor.

Youth-Focused Research Partnership Between NSF and William T. Grant Foundation

The U.S. National Science Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation are launching a collaborative partnershipsupporting research that can improve the lives of youth. “Increasing the Use, Usefulness, and Impact of Research About Youth” aims to increase the effectiveness of youth-centered research and its capacity to foster widespread societal benefits. The partnership invites research proposals that can provide decision-makers and other leaders with new discoveries and evidence that are timely and relevant to local and national challenges faced by youth. Multiple types of fundamental research will be supported, including those that can increase the uptake and public value of interventions for youth-related issues such as school violence, mental health, and inequality in educational outcomes. NSF will manage the effort through its Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact program. The William T. Grant foundation will manage the effort through their Improving the Use of Research Evidence grant program. More information is available in the Dear Colleague Letter.

IES 2022 Annual PI Meeting Recap

Two weeks ago, the IES held its annual meeting for PIs. Upon reviewing the priorities of the Standards for Excellence in Education Research (SEER), the Director of the IES announced ongoing work to add a ninth principle related to equity in education. The IES will also soon publish a guide for researchers in education that encourages use of Bayesian estimates. Projects funded through IES will see increased monitoring for adherence to SEER principles, and researchers are encouraged to spend more time analyzing data. For more information about the ongoing development of SEER, read the IES Director’s recent blog post.

UF Mainspring: Inviting and Hosting International Visitors and Scholars

UF Mainspring is hosting an online session which will cover the University’s processes for inviting and hosting International Scholars & International Visitors. UF Research Integrity, Security and Compliance (UF RISC) and the UF International Center (UFIC) will provide an overview of the UF Policy on Hosting International Visitors and Scholars. They will discuss the hosting request submission and review process, and provide information on international scholar visa processing. Register here in advance.

  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Request for Information: Tell IES About Your Science and Math Interventions

The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is planning two new prize competitions: one for middle school science instruction and a second for improving mathematics achievement (specifically fractions) for elementary students with disabilities using digital instruction. IES continues to encourage the use of evidence-based practices in education and to spur new thinking about improving student performance. They encourage participation of developers and program providers to systematically test the effectiveness of their interventions. To share your invention, respond to their Request for Information by Monday, February 14, 2022. More information on IES’s STEM Learning Challenges is available on their website.