That didn't pan out, so I cold-emailed another one and arranged a time to chat. And prepare a ton for that initial phone call to make a good first impression. She was very helpful but told me that she was going to be on vacation starting in 2 weeks and won't be back until after the deadline. So we got most of the initial paperwork done in the subsequent 2 weeks.
There were a lot of logistics to set up as a first-time applicant. Also, another administrator from my university's grant office forwarded me some relevant PowerPoint Webinar slide decks about the grant for which I was applying. In general, I didn't want to take up too much of Rob's time on this proposal since it was for future work that's not related to my current postdoc role. I would've obviously involved him much more if this were a collaborative grant with him as a co-PI.
Before I was just doing legwork while finishing up other projects. My first task was to print out four recent NSF grant proposals obtained from colleagues and dissect them in detail. They weren't all relevant to my topic, but studying real examples was still way better than just reading advice guides. I paid close attention to how each proposal was organized, what key pieces of vocabulary they used, how they framed their ideas and presentation, what the proposals all had in common, and how they differed.
I also followed up my hunches by asking Rob. For more details, read Intense Single-Tasking. For more details, read Writing for Work. These letters are optional, but my program officer told me that they might help my case, since I'm applying as a first-timer and sole-PI without a prior track record.
These are not letters of recommendation or support for me since those aren't allowed ; rather, they simply state how each person plans to collaborate with me on the proposed project.
Fiddled with a bunch of tedious last-minute paperwork and then submitted! Note that my deadline was one week before the actual NSF deadline. The university grant office usually wants PIs to submit materials to them a week beforehand so that they can double-check everything and then send it off to the NSF. The page Project Description forms the bulk of your proposal and is what your reviewers will be scrutinizing most closely.
First, make sure your font sizes and margins adhere to NSF standards, or else your proposal might get rejected without review! In particular, LaTeX font sizes and margins can be annoying to set, so watch out. Some grants will recommend or impose a specific structure. The one I applied for had no structure requirements, so this was the one I used.
But when in doubt, carefully read the call and any associated FAQs. Brainstorming high-level future research ideas is exciting! If you're not excited about this process, then you should instead be in industry making a lot more money: It was a good excuse for me to do a deep-dive into related work, which was really fun, enlightening, and helpful for my future projects. Since the work involved only writing, I could predict my pace fairly well and make consistent forward progress every day.
In contrast, when programming or running experiments, sometimes I'd get stalled for days due to unexpected snags. It was difficult to motivate myself to work really hard every day knowing full well that the chances of success are slim. Aside from the usual competitiveness of peer review, there are also higher-level political factors that affect funding priorities.
It was also hard for me to write convincingly in future tense about work that I haven't yet done. I suppose this gets easier with practice, though.
There are lots of forms to fill out, and I've heard horror stories about proposals getting rejected due to some minor paperwork-related error. Thus, I was super paranoid about triple-checking everything. Scroll down for GradFund Resources. Keep in Touch Let us keep you up to date about funding competitions and new GradFund resources! One of the most important sections of this award is the Specific Aims section, in which the applicant must outline research objectives for Occasionally, we dig into the archives to uncover a post we feel holds relevant and timely information worthy of a repost.
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The program also supports studies using large-scale international data systems e. In addition, statewide longitudinal administrative data systems SLDS enhanced through federal grants are also eligible for consideration. The inclusion of federal or state administrative information that further expands the analytic capacity of the research is permissible.
The thrust of the analysis needs to be generalizable to a national, state, or population or a subgroup within the sample that the dataset represents. The Grants Program is open to field-initiated research and welcomes proposals that:.
The Grants Program encourages proposals across the life span and contexts of education and learning of relevance to STEM policy and practice. The research may focus on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to such issues as student achievement in STEM, contextual factors in education, educational participation and persistence pre-kindergarten through graduate school , early childhood education and development, postsecondary education, and the STEM workforce and transitions.
Studies that examine issues of specific racial and ethnic groups, social classes, genders, or persons with disabilities are encouraged. Applicant Eligibility Dissertation Grants are available for advanced doctoral students and are intended to support the student while analyzing data and writing the doctoral dissertation. Proposals are encouraged from the full range of education research fields and other fields and disciplines engaged in education-related research, including economics, political science, psychology, sociology, demography, statistics, public policy, and psychometrics.
Applicants for this one-year, non-renewable award should be advanced doctoral students at the dissertation writing stage, usually the last year of study.
Applicants may be U. Underrepresented racial and ethnic minority researchers as well as women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Data Set Eligibility The dissertation research project must include the analysis of large-scale data. The data set can originate from one or multiple sources, including 1 federal data bases, 2 federally supported national studies, 3 international data sets supported by federal funds, or 4 statewide longitudinal administrative data systems SLDS enhanced through federal grants.
Although the emphasis is on large-scale education data sets and systems, other social science and health-related databases that can advance knowledge about education and learning are eligible for consideration.
Department of Labor, the U. Census Bureau, the National Institutes of Health, or other federal agencies. If international data sets are used, the study must include U. This federal investment has produced state-level data from pre-K to grade 12, through higher education, and into the workforce.
Many SLDS are available for analysis and can be used to address salient issues in education research or linked with other data sets.
Data Set Access The data set s of interest must be available for analysis at the time of application. Use of public or restricted-data files is permissible. Prior to receiving funding, students must provide documentation that they have permission to use the data for the research project.
In many cases, graduate students will gain access to restricted files through a faculty member or senior scholar. Data Sharing All data or data-related products produced under the AERA Grants Program must be shared and made available consonant with ethical standards for the conduct of research. Grantees are expected to place article-related data,  codebook or coding procedures, algorithms, code, and so forth in an accessible archive at the time of publication.
AERA provides guidance to facilitate the data sharing and archiving process. The funds can be used for research-related expenses such as tuition, living expenses, travel to secure data enclaves or scholarly conferences, books, computer equipment, and other expenses directly related to conducting this research.
As part of the proposal, applicants provide a budget that outlines anticipated research-related expenses. AERA encourages cost sharing from universities in the form of tuition assistance, office space, university fees, and other expenses. During this 2-day conference grantees will participate in seminar-type sessions on substantive, methodological, and professional issues.
The following programs provide either direct (i.e., from NSF) or indirect (i.e., from an awardee institution) funding for students at this level or identify programs that focus on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or .
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF ), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.
Funded NSF Research and Dissertation Grants The links below contain information about the funded Research Grants and Dissertation Grants for the years View citations for published work resulting from AIR Grant Awards. Biological Anthropology Doctoral Dissertation Grant This grant supports research in human evolution, combining such fields as ecology, human biology, and more. While .
For dissertation proposals, the principal investigator is the dissertation advisor, with the dissertation student listed as the co-principal investigator. Accordingly, students should include their dissertation advisors in all communications with program staff. Dissertation Grant Award Award Component 1, $25, Stipend. AERA will award each grantee up to a $25, stipend to study education, teaching, learning, or other education research topics using one or multiple large-scale databases.