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  1. Grant Writing Workshop for Research on Adult Education Elizabeth R. Albro National Center for Education Research

  2. Why Adult Education? • 30 million American adults, or 14 percent of the adult population, have difficulty reading • 22 percent of the adult population have limited quantitative skills

  3. Adult Education Learners • Adult Basic Education • Adult Secondary Education • Adult English Learners • Postsecondary Students in Remedial Programs

  4. Getting Started

  5. Getting Started • Requests for Applications • IES Application Submission Guide • ApplicationPackage

  6. Finding Requests for Applications FY 2011 Requests for Applications (RFAs) and the IES Application Submission Guide are available on For future RFAs, sign up for the IES Newsflash:

  7. Finding Application Packages • FY 2011 application packages for June are available on • The June application package will be available on April 29, 2010

  8. Research Grant Programs • Education Research Grant Program • National Research and Development Centers

  9. Identify Appropriate Grant Program and Topic • Read the Request for Applications • Check the announced topics • Look at the abstracts of projects funded under a research topic •

  10. Education Research Grant Program (84.305A)

  11. Solution-Driven Research Research intended to contribute to the solution of practical education problems • Exploration • Development and Innovation • Efficacy and Replication • Scale-up Evaluation • Measurement

  12. Adult Education Research Questions Can Be Considered Under Several NCER Topics • Adult Education • Cognition and Student Learning • Postsecondary Education • Education Technology • Analysis of Longitudinal Data to Support State and Local Education Reform

  13. Adult Education Topic • Must focus on basic reading, writing, or mathematics skills of adult learners • Adult basic education, adult secondary education, and programs for adults who are learning English • Programs designed to help underprepared students acquire the skills to succeed in college (e.g., developmental or bridge programs)

  14. Adult Education Topic • Under measurement goal • Assessments must be reading, writing, or mathematics assessments appropriate for adult learners

  15. Cognition and Student Learning Topic • How can principles and knowledge emerging from research on cognitive science be used to better understand student learning and improve student outcomes?

  16. Cognition and Student Learning Topic • Research must focus on….. basic reading, writing, or mathematics skills or study skills for students in • vocational education • adult basic education • developmental (remedial)/bridge programs for underprepared college students

  17. Postsecondary Education Topic • Access to, persistence in, or completion of postsecondary education • Implemented at the high school or postsecondary level

  18. Postsecondary Education Topic • Measurement goal • Measures of learning at the postsecondary level (e.g., college-level proficiencies in reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics) that could be used broadly across institutions of higher education to assess what students have learned in college

  19. Education Technology • Basic reading, writing, mathematics, or study skills classes to adults in college developmental programs, vocational education, or adult education

  20. Analysis of Longitudinal Data to Support Local and State Education Reform Topic • Students in kindergarten through postsecondary education (undergraduate only) • Based upon a longitudinal database maintained by an SEA or LEA

  21. Analysis of Longitudinal Data (cont.) • Must address either basic academic outcomes in reading, writing, mathematics, or science, or general academic outcomes such as grade retention, course completion, high school graduation, access to postsecondary education, and completion of postsecondary education

  22. Analysis of Longitudinal Data (cont.) • Must include the involvement of at least one SEA or LEA and the key research personnel must include at least one state or district person • Must include explicit permission from the holder of the longitudinal data for the applicant to use the data for the purpose described in the application

  23. Funding Available • Depends upon the research goal and scope of the project posed • Check details in Part III Requirements of the Proposed Research of the RFA

  24. National Research and Development Centers(84.305C) TOPIC 1: Cognition and Adult Literacy TOPIC 3: Postsecondary Education and Employment

  25. Cognition and Adult Literacy R&D Center • Explore underlying cognitive processes • Develop and evaluate interventions for adult learners • Specify population (ABE, ASE, Adult ESL) • Include reading, writing, and/or numeracy as focus of the research

  26. Postsecondary Education and Employment R&D Center • Support state/researcher partnerships to • Identify state education longitudinal databases that include or can be linked to longitudinal student postsecondary data and employment/workforce data • Link and carry out analyses using these datasets • Answer research questions examining relationships between postsecondary education and employment outcomes

  27. For All Centers • Typical awards are $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 (total cost = direct + indirect) per year for 5 years • Application due date is September 16, 2010

  28. Challenge of Adult Education Applications • Identifying and locating appropriate samples • Retention and attrition • Multiple types of learners served in a single setting • Prior empirical knowledge of how to improve adult education outcomes is limited

  29. Preparing the Application


  31. Research Narrative • Significance • Methodological Requirements (Research Plan) • Personnel • Resources • Management Plan (for R&D Center applications)*

  32. Reviewers’ Perspectives • Write clearly and concisely • Address the points described in the RFA • Organize information in logical sequence • Label sections and number pages • Make it easy for reviewers to find and understand the information

  33. Submitting an Application • All applications must be submitted electronically to • By 4:30 p.m. Washington, DC, time on the date listed in the RFA for the competition to which you are submitting

  34. Final Application Submission • Online forms are complete • PDF files of application contents have been uploaded • Authorized representative has completed the final step of the electronic process • You have received an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application

  35. What Happens Next?

  36. Peer Review • The application is reviewed for compliance • Compliant applications are assigned to a review panel • Two or three panel members will conduct a primary review of each application • At the panel meeting, the most competitive applications are reviewed by the full panel

  37. Peer Review Process Information

  38. Notification • All applicants will receive an e-mail notification of the status of their application • All applicants will receive copies of the reviewer comments • If you are not granted an award the first time, plan on resubmitting and talk to your program officer

  39. Final Reminders

  40. Don’t Forget... • Start early • Read the Request for Applications • Talk with the program officer • Start the online submission process early

  41. Elizabeth Albro