Graduate Research Funding Program
in Evidence-based Education

The Wing Institute is an independent, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the promotion of evidence-based education. As part of its many initiatives, it offers funding for graduate students who are interested in doing research in the area of evidence-based education.

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Wing Institute Graduate Research Funding Program is to:

  1. sponsor and promote new research in areas of evidence-based education, including efficacy research, effectiveness research, implementation, and monitoring
  2. sponsor and promote new research across disciplines, types of research, and venues
  3. encourage graduate students to focus their future professional work in this subject area, increasing the number of professionals dedicated to the field of evidence-based education
  4. disseminate research findings for application in “real world” settings, further bridging the gap between research and practice

FUNDING
Grants vary in size; the maximum grant is $5,000 per annum. These funds will be available to recipients as they achieve agreed-upon benchmarks in the research process.

Applications Available: Immediately
Grant deadline: June 15, 2012
Decision: June 30, 2012

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must be enrolled full-time and be in good standing in a master’s or doctoral program at a regionally accredited university or college located in the United States or Canada.

GENERAL CRITERIA FOR FUNDING
Research area is consistent with the Wing Institute’s current research priorities.
The Wing Institute’s current research priority is “implementation of evidence-based practices in real-world settings.”

Project addresses significant questions or issues.
Preference will be given to research proposals that address significant questions and issues related to the question: How do we get evidence-based interventions successfully disseminated, adopted, implemented, and sustained in applied settings?

Project complements and extends prior and concurrent efforts.
Proposal reflects a mastery of related theory and empirical findings. The project builds upon this other work and contributes to theory as well as policy and practice.

Project reflects high standards of evidence and rigorous methods, commensurate with the proposal’s goals.
The study’s design, methods, and analysis plan fit the questions under study. Sample is appropriate in size and composition to address the study’s questions. Assessment, observation, and measurement reflect methodological rigor. The analysis plan for quantitative or qualitative data reflects sufficient sophistication for addressing the study’s questions. The plan reflects a clear understanding of the strengths and limits of various analytic techniques. Where relevant, there is attention to generalizability of findings and to statistical power to detect meaningful effects.

Project appropriately protects human subjects.
Research proposals must meet all of the standards of the recipient’s university’s institutional review board.

Project includes a systematic, strategic communications plan between researchers and policymakers or practitioners.
The project should include a plan for dissemination of research findings to appropriate researchers, policymakers, and practitioners.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications are available online at www.winginstitute.org or by contacting Jin An (jan@winginstitute.org).

Completed application packets should be sent to Jin An: jan@winginstitute.org.
Please contact Ronnie Detrich (rdetrich@winginstitute.org) with any questions.

Funding applications are due June 15, 2012.
Funding decisions will be announced by email by June 30, 2012.

Completed applications should be sent to:
Electronic submission in either Word or PDF format should be submitted to jan@winginstitute.org.

Hard copies should be submitted to:
Graduate Funding Research Program
The Wing Institute
2102 Dennison Street, Suite B
Oakland, CA 94606
Attn: Jin An

Applications must include the following components:

  1. original signed application form
  2. cover letter detailing research interests and experience
  3. curriculum vitae
  4. letter of recommendation from adviser or professor
  5. research proposal containing the following sections:

Major questions: What is the problem under study and why is it important?
Rationale: How is the project relevant to the Wing Institute’s current research priorities? How does it add to theory, research, and policy and practice? What is its importance?
Specific hypotheses or questions: What are the specific hypotheses that will be examined and what approaches will be used to examine them?
Research methods: What kinds of data will be used in the study and how will the data be acquired (including sample definition and selection procedures, and, if applicable, the research design, intervention, measures and data sources, data collection procedures, and power analyses)?
Data analysis plan: How will the data be analyzed to get at the questions under study: What methods, analytic models, or interpretive strategies will be used (including a detailed description of how the data will be analyzed to address each of the study’s main questions or hypotheses)?
Anticipated products and communication plan: Finally, how will the results of the investigation be disseminated: articles, a book, conference presentation, Internet?
While the plan may include products for researchers such as journal articles, books, and reports, it should also include products for policymakers or practitioners such as policy reports, briefings, and presentations.

There are no page length requirements. Proposals should provide a statement of the problem, how the proposal will address some aspect of the problem, and how results will be analyzed. Brevity is always appreciated, but it is important to include enough details that reviewers have a clear understanding of the proposal.
It is not necessary to provide a detailed budget. A general description of how the grant funds will be used is sufficient.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Recipients may be asked to present their research findings at the Wing Institute Annual Summit on Evidence-based Special Education.
Copies of all publications and dissemination of the research findings shall be sent to the Wing Institute and specify that the project was funded by the Wing Institute.

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