Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Head Start and Child Care Graduate Student Research Grants

OPRE Grant Announcement

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has recently published two discretionary research funding announcements titled “Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants” and “Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Research Scholars”, which are summarized below.   If you have questions regarding these grant announcements, please emailHSGraduateResearchReviews@icfi.com or ChildcareScholars@icfi.com, respectively, or call 1-877-350-5913.

Head Start and Child Care Graduate Student Research Grants

The full announcements for “Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants” is available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2014-ACF-OPRE-YR-0785
The full announcement for “Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Graduate Student Research Grants” is available at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2014-ACF-OPRE-YE-0775

The purpose of these grants is to support dissertation research addressing issues of significance related to Head Start, Early Head Start, and CCDF, that will inform policy decisions and solutions, particularly for underserved/understudied populations, utilizing the most rigorous research methodology, and promoting mentor-student relationships that support students’ independent lines of research.

Monday, April 14, 2014


Office of Challenge Grants

Receipt Deadline May 1, 2014

Brief Summary

NEH challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term support for their humanities programs and resources. Through these awards, many organizations and institutions have been able to increase their humanities capacity and secure the permanent support of an endowment. Grants may be used to establish or enhance endowments or spend-down funds that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing program activities. Challenge grants may also provide capital directly supporting the procurement of long-lasting objects, such as acquisitions for archives and collections, the purchase of equipment, and the construction or renovation of facilities needed for humanities activities. Funds spent directly must be shown to bring long-term benefits to the institution and to the humanities more broadly. Grantee institutions may also expend up to 10 percent of total grant funds (federal funds plus matching funds) to defray costs of fundraising to meet the NEH challenge. Because of the matching requirement, these NEH grants also strengthen the humanities by encouraging nonfederal sources of support.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Investigator-Initiated Research: The Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

Colleagues, this is an interesting study for anyone researching schools and school safety, and, as noted, the solicitation is very wide open. If you're interested, I'd strongly urge you to apply and, of course, my office is ready to help with our application.

National Institute of Justice: Research, Development, Evaluation
April 11, 2014
Dear Colleague:
The purpose of this letter is to alert school officials and social and behavioral scientists and researchers about an exciting research opportunity. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is interested in receiving proposals related to our “Investigator-Initiated Research: The Comprehensive School Safety Initiative” solicitation. The announcement has been on the streets for a few weeks now, but we would like to provide more insight into the kinds of proposals we are seeking.
It is most important to note that the solicitation is wide open—NIJ will consider any research topic that can add to our knowledge base about school safety. Think broadly: What do we know and what do we need to know? This is your opportunity to test innovative ideas about school safety. Does your idea have the potential to make a difference where school safety is concerned? Can it be implemented in the real world? If successful, could it be adopted by schools across the country or schools in certain parts of the country (e.g., rural areas)?