IMPORTANT: Call for Proposals
Faculty, please share this Call for Proposals with your advanced doctoral students in EAD (K-12 or HALE). There are no restrictions on full or part-time employment or assistantship time.

Due date November 5.

Call for Proposals: EAD Doctoral Research Small Grants

Deadline: 5pm Friday November 5, 2010

Eligibility: A one-time award for advanced doctoral students in EAD (K-12 or HALE), no restrictions on full- or part-time employment or assistantship time. To be considered, student must have an up-to-date (spring 2010) Annual Evaluation of PhD Student form on file in EAD by Nov 15, 2010. See your advisor and

Eligible Expenses: This funding comes from the College of Education Dean’s Office with the following stipulations:

These new funds must be spent on research expenses (see the following suggested list of appropriate expenses). The minimum award is $1000 and the maximum award is $4000. Remember, these funds are for hard costs, not to free up time; they can go to pay for other labor costs, however (like data entry). So these funds would not go to students in the final stages of writing, but to those who are conceiving of and building these projects, to encourage them to consider more ambitious, independent dissertations or pilot studies.

Here are the sorts of expenses that we could anticipate from various fields (this is not an exhaustive list, but it suggests the sort of investments that students can make in constructing bigger and stronger dissertations):

· Testing/validating original survey instruments with focus groups or in cognitive labs
· Acquiring a commercially available instrument that will be given to a new population
· Providing incentives to schools to encourage participation of faculty, staff, and students (e.g., donation to a library/media center)
· Providing direct incentives to interview or survey participants (e.g., gift card to a book store)
· Offering refreshments or tokens of appreciation to focus groups (e.g., MSU t-shirts for high school students who participate in focus groups)
· Funding postage/mailing/copying costs for hard copy surveys or to purchase an online survey hosting account
· Travel to data collection sites
· Equipment such as digital recorders or transcription machines
· Data entry/transcription labor costs

EAD students are strongly advised to consult their advisors about reasonable budget requests. When budgeting, students should use reasonable estimates and provide some evidence to support them (e.g., a statement that you have looked up airfares and the one you are providing is the least expensive).

Award Amounts and Disbursement: $1000-4000, to be disbursed in late November, 2010

Application Process: Submit electronically, as a single PDF, the following:
1. Application form (see attached)
2. Brief description of project, no more than 2 pages single-spaced including Purpose, Research Questions, Rationale or Significance, Data Collection and Analysis Plan
3. A one paragraph summary of your project’s needs
4. Detailed budget
5. Any other sources of funding that you receive or have received from MSU (e.g., fellowships, assistantships, travel grants, Graduate School, COGS grants). Please indicate year and amount.
6. Any other sources of funding that you have or have applied for to support this project (include research grants, College of Education, Graduate School, MSU, and any other internal or external sources). If you have applied, indicate whether or not you got funded and the amount (if the application is pending, please indicate so).

Name the pdf file “lastnamePhDResearch.pdf” and send to Dr. Melinda Mangin (

In addition, please have your advisor email directly to K-12 EAD faculty Melinda Mangin ( a short message verifying that you are in good academic standing, that the project is in support of your PhD program, and that you have an up-to-date (spring 2010) Annual Evaluation of PhD Student form on file with the department.
See attached form
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