James S. McDonnell Foundation: Understanding Teacher Change and Teachers as Learners in K-12 Classrooms

The James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF) has announced a new program and is accepting pre-proposals for team-based translational research addressing the topic teachers learning to facilitate communication in the classroom (e.g., eliciting student explanations, guiding collaborative discussions, making effective use of questions). Research projects described in the pre-proposal must be rooted firmly in the learning context, operate in real-time, and accommodate the constraints imposed by the local environment. Award amount is up to $500,000 per year for up to five (5) years. The pre-proposal deadline is April 26, 2017 by 15:59pm CDT (20:59pm UTC).

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations has identified the following private funding opportunity: 

James S. McDonnell Foundation: Understanding Teacher Change and Teachers as Learners in K-12 Classrooms
http://www.jsmf.org

The James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF) has announced a new program and is accepting pre-proposals for team-based translational research addressing the topic teachers learning to facilitate communication in the classroom  (e.g., eliciting student explanations, guiding collaborative discussions, making effective use of questions). Research projects described in the pre-proposal must be rooted firmly in the learning context, operate in real-time, and accommodate the constraints imposed by the local environment. JSMF is interested in research that can be characterized as translational, needs­-driven education research that identifies malleable factors that promote teachers learning to improve their use of evidence-based practice. It is expected that a typical pre-proposal team will be made up of several different researchers representing different expertise and skills (e.g. cognitive science, teacher education, assessment, etc.) from different institutions. It is important that the teams include classroom teachers as partners. There is no limit to the number of applications submitted from a single organization.

Pre-Proposal Deadline: April 26, 2017 by 15:59 CDT (20:59 UTC). Invited full proposals due September 1, 2017 by 15:59pm CDT. Funding decisions will be made by October 27, 2017 with grants commencing in 2018. Application Guidelines for the award: https://www.jsmf.org/apply/teachers-as-learners/

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Kavita Hall, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, at Kavita.hall@unc.edu or (919) 962-2013. The UNC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is available to provide assistance in pursuing privately funded opportunities.