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In this lecture Professor Silverman examines issues related to research preparation and how we, as a scholarly community, can examine our current status and how we might move to enhance our already strong programs. A key point of the lecture is that we will want to differentiate preparation for master’s and doctoral students and those planning professional positions and those planning on research careers.
Steve Silverman is a Professor of Education and Senior Advisor to the Provost at Teachers College.
- In these times of scarce research funding, it's good to know as much as possible about the review process, especially what distinguishes funded versus unfunded proposals. On April 29, 2015, the Office of the Provost sponsored a lively discussion among some faculty and staff who have recently been involved on grant panels and external reviews for the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes for Health, and various private foundations. The panel discussion was organized by Professor Andy Gordon in his role as Senior Advisor for Research Development and Debi Slatkin, Director for Special Projects. The faculty and staff on the panel included Alex Bowers, George Bonanno, Andy Gordon, Aaron Pallas, and Debi Slatkin.
- Prof. Anand Marri in the Social Studies Education prorgam gave a talk on December 2, 2015 on how to find funding for research and projects that are less frequently supported by sponsors. Video of the procedings is posted to TC's Youtube page.
- The WT Grant Foundation defines its mission as "supporting research to improve the lives of young people." The Foundation has funded projects at TC in the past, but its recently announced focus on improving the use of research findings in practice and cost effectiveness research in education make it an even more likely funding resource for our investigators. They have posted two videos, an overview of the new priorities as well as an overview of the application process that are highly informative.
- The Foundation Center is the premier resource for investigators seeking funding from private foundations. Its target audience is primarily the not-for-profit social service, arts, etc. sector, but their guide to proposal preparation will be useful to investigators who may have never prepared a research proposal for a non-specialist review team.
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) creates a vast amount of multimedia content for applicants and institutions with NIH funding. Much of it is compliance focused, but two stand out for usefulness to Principal Investigators: The NIH Review Panel Process and the Tips for Applicants. NIH received an additional $2b in funding for FY 2016, which means it can fund proposals much close to its target success rate of 25-30%. It has also reaffirmed its commitment to fund new investigators at the same rate as senior investigators with a NIH track record. Overall, this is the best NIH funding environment in years.
- The National Science Foundation (NSF) also received a significant funding increase this year and expects success rates at around 23%. Its multimedia content doesn't address the grant application or review process, but highlights new discovers made with NSF funds. There is some very interesting stuff to be found there.
- US Department of Education's multimedia content consists almost entirely of speeches given by the acting secretary, James King and aren't of any direct relevance to grant seekers.
All these resources were fairly easy to find by searching "[agency] grants video" so if there are other funders you're interested in, their multimedia content--if it exists--should also be easy to find. We will continue to add to this material as we find it. If you find anything you think might be useful to the broader community, please email a link to firstname.lastname@example.org.