Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation

********************************************************************************* Program Number: 45579
Title: Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation

Sponsor: Directorate for Education and Human Resources/NSF

SYNOPSIS: The Promoting Research and Innovation in
Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME) program seeks to support research on evaluation with special emphasis on: exploring innovative approaches for determining the impacts and usefulness of STEM education projects and programs; building on and expanding the theoretical foundations for evaluating STEM education and workforce development initiatives, including translating and adapting approaches from other fields; and growing the capacity and infrastructure of the evaluation field. Three types of proposals will be supported by the program: Exploratory Projects that include proof-of-concept and feasibility studies; more extensive Full-Scale Projects; and conferences.

Deadline(s): 04/30/2015
Established Date: 02/02/2015
Follow-Up Date: 02/01/2016
Review Date: 02/03/2015


Address: 4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230
Web Site: Program URL: Tel: 703-292-8650
Deadline Ind: Receipt
Deadline Open: No
Award Type(s): Conference–Host/Conduct Research Grants/R & D

Citizenship/Country of Applying Institution:
Any/No Restrictions

Locations Tenable: U.S.A. Institution (including U.S. Territories)

Appl Type(s): Individual, Non-Specific

Target Group(s): NONE
Funding Limit: $0 SEEBELOW
Duration: 3 YEAR(s)
Indirect Costs: Unspecified
Cost Sharing: No
Sponsor Type: NONE

Geo. Restricted: NO RESTRICTIONS

CFDA#: 47.076

OBJECTIVES: The overarching goal of the PRIME program is to support the development, demonstration, and validation of innovative new methodologies and approaches in STEM evaluation. To address this goal, the program is interested in proposals that: explore innovative new approaches for determining the impact and usefulness of
evaluations of STEM education projects or programs, with appropriate rigor; expand the theoretical foundations for evaluating STEM education and human resource initiatives, including translating approaches from other fields; and increase the capacity of and infrastructure for researchers and evaluators by increasing the number of individuals who can produce conceptually sound and methodologically appropriate evaluations of STEM education and workforce projects, portfolios, and programs. Evaluation contexts, and thus
problems, addressed in response to this solicitation may vary from large-scale system change to individual experiences and impacts. They may focus on any level of education and on any combination of formal or informal settings. Proposed goals can be as broad as developing new evaluation research designs, or as focused as developing metrics to measure the impacts of new learning environments (e.g., massive open online courses [MOOCs] and badges) or changes in traditional classroom practices. Some initiatives may target specific fine-grained topics within a STEM subject area, while others may focus on STEM fields more broadly. They may be purely theoretical or have large empirical components. Finally, proposals may include a wide range of design features (e.g., partnerships) and goals (e.g., broadening
participation) that may exist within and across specific STEM education and workforce initiatives. These examples are presented to illustrate that the solicitation permits a broad range of entry points, issues, and settings. Eligible proposal types
include: Exploratory Projects –Exploratory projects are
small-scale explorations that include proof-of-concept and feasibility studies. Exploratory projects must describe relevant literature, evaluation research questions, data to be gathered and analytic approaches to be taken. Not all Exploratory projects will result in a subsequent, full-scale proposal. However, for those that do, the results and implications of the exploratory work must be explicitly described. Full-Scale Projects — Full-scale projects are larger in scope and may investigate pressing issues facing the field; develop innovative evaluation methodologies or approaches; or build capacity for rigorous, useful evaluations. Conferences — The PRIME
program may support a few well-focused conferences that have the potential to transform the field. Budgets are expected to be related to the duration of the event and the number of participants. Typical costs are around $100,000. Proposals should include a conceptual framework for the conference, a draft agenda, a possible participant list, and the likely outcomes or products that will result from the conference. Proposals may be submitted at any time, generally at least one year in advance of when the conference would be held.

Individuals and organizations in the following categories may submit proposals: Universities and Colleges; Non-profit, non-academic organizations; For-profit organizations; State and Local Governments; and Unaffiliated Individuals.

It is anticipated that between 13 and 18 projects will be awarded in FY 2015: approximately 7-10 full scale and approximately 6-8 exploratory projects will be selected for funding. The remainder of funds will be allocated to support conferences, RAPIDs and EAGERs. Exploratory projects cannot exceed $250,000 total and a duration of two years. Full-scale projects cannot exceed $800,000 total and a duration of three years. Typical conference costs are around $100,000. Source: (02/02/15). (cas)

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