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September 16, 2016

For more than a decade, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research has provided the grant notification service (GNS) to subscribers within WCER.

But WCER reminds people that the GNS is also available to those across UW-Madison’s School of Education.

If you wish to receive grant notifications via this WCER service, send an e-mail to with the words “SUBSCRIBE WCER-GNS” in the subject line, and you will be included in future mailings.

Following is the type of information those who sign up for this service receive:


WCER Grant Notification Service (WCER-GNS)

Notice 2016-11, September 2016

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) routinely monitors grant opportunities in the education sciences. WCER-GNS is a grant notification service available exclusively to University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty, researchers, students, and staff.

Listed below are education grant opportunities that recently have come to our attention. If you’re interested in submitting a proposal to any of these programs through WCER, please:

  • Contact WCER Director Robert Mathieu as soon as possible (; 262-2704)
  • Review the WCER Proposal Preparation Guidelines and send Kurt Brown ( your completed WCER Proposal Planning Form. The guidelines and form to send are posted on the WCER website; please navigate to the Resources tab.


Title: Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC)

Sponsor: NSF 16-591

Deadlines: September 20 for UW internal review

October 14, 2016 for letter of intent;

November 16, 2016 for full proposal

Summary: PFI:BIC supports academe-industry partnerships that are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team collaborating with a least one industry partner. There is a heavy emphasis on the quality, composition, and participation of the partners. These partnerships focus on the integration of technologies into a specified human-centered service system with the potential to achieve transformational benefits, satisfying a real need by making an existing service system smart(er) or by spurring the creation of an entirely new smart service system. The selected service system should function as a test bed.

NOTE: Proposers must first apply for UW internal review. UW–Madison is allowed to submit two letters of intent followed by full proposals as the lead institution. Submit your internal application here:





Title: Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

Sponsor: NSF 16-571

Deadlines: September 24 for preliminary proposal (required)

April 24, 2017 for full proposal

Summary: PIRE supports international activities across all NSF-supported disciplines. The primary goal is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community. International partnerships are essential to addressing critical science and engineering problems. In the global context, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams with partners from different national environments and cultural backgrounds. PIRE promotes excellence in science and engineering through international collaboration and facilitates development of a diverse, globally-engaged, U.S. science and engineering workforce.



Title: Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

Sponsor: NSF 16-591

Deadlines: October 18 for UW internal review

January 11, 2017 for proposal to NSF

Summary: MRI serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education, and not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use; development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged. Instrument acquisition or development proposals that request funds from NSF in the range $100,000-$4 million may be accepted from any MRI-eligible organization. Proposals that request funds from NSF less than $100,000 may also be accepted for the disciplines of mathematics or social, behavioral and economic sciences. Up to 160 awards will be made.

NOTE: Proposers must first apply for UW internal review. UW–Madison is allowed to submit three proposals. Submit your internal application here:





Title: Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

Sponsor: NSF 16-552

Deadline: December 9, 2016

Summary: AGEP seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields. New and innovative models are encouraged, as are models that reproduce and/or replicate existing evidence-based alliances in significantly different disciplines, institutions, and participant cohorts. AGEP will support the development, implementation and study of innovative models of doctoral education, postdoctoral training, and faculty advancement for historically underrepresented minorities in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields; and advance knowledge about the underlying issues, policies and practices that have an impact on the participation, transitions and advancement of historically underrepresented minorities in the STEM academy. Strategic collaborations are encouraged with multiple academic partners, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, professional organizations, government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and other relevant STEM and/or STEM education research organizations.



Title: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE)

Sponsor: NSF 16-594

Deadlines: December 14, 2016 for letter of intent (required) for Partnership track and August 9, 2017 for Adaptation track;

April 12, 2017 for preliminary proposal (required) for Institutional track;

January 11, 2017 for full proposal for Partnership track; September 13, 2017 for Adaptation track; January 18, 2018 for Institutional track.

Summary: The ADVANCE program aims to (1) develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic STEM careers; (2) develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity that involve both men and women in the STEM academic workforce; and (3) contribute to the research knowledge base on gender equity and the intersection of gender and other identities in STEM academic careers. There are three program tracks.

Partnership track will support partnerships of two or more non-profit academic institutions and/or STEM organizations to increase gender equity in STEM academics. Projects should have national or regional impact and result in systemic change within one STEM discipline, several STEM disciplines, or all STEM disciplines. Partnering STEM organizations can include any entity eligible for NSF support. Partnership proposals must include a final year focused on sustainability and/or scale-up, communication, and evaluation.

Adaptation track supports the adaptation and implementation of evidence-based organizational change strategies, ideally from among those developed and implemented by ADVANCE projects. Adaptation awards may also be made to a STEM organization to implement systemic change strategies focused across all STEM disciplines, several STEM disciplines, or within one STEM discipline.

Institutional Transformation track supports the development of innovative organizational change strategies for non-profit 2-year or 4-year academic institution across all STEM disciplines. Projects are also expected to contribute new research on gender equity in STEM academics.



Title: Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS)

Sponsor: NSF

Deadline: January 18, 2017

Summary: DRMS supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants, and workshops are funded in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis and decision aids; risk analysis, perception, and communication; societal and public policy decision making; management science and organizational design. The program also supports small grants that are time-critical (Rapid Response Research - RAPID) and small grants that are high-risk and of a potentially transformative nature (EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research - EAGER).



Title: General grants

Sponsor: Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation

Deadlines: Proposals accepted throughout the year.

Summary: FINRA Foundation funds research and educational projects that support its mission of providing underserved Americans with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for financial success throughout life. FINRA seeks to fund projects that advance its mission through: educational projects or programs that respond to an unmet financial education, investor education or investor protection need for a target audience; research that expands the body of knowledge and offers solutions in the field of financial education, investor education and investor protection; and combination of research and educational program that lead with a research element and follow with a high-impact financial education, investor education or investor protection project based upon the results of the research. The FINRA Foundation welcomes applications for projects of approximately $50,000–$100,000 that advance understanding of the relationships among financial literacy, financial capability and financial wellbeing. Priority will be given to projects that use data from the National Financial Capability Study (see and other existing data sets.