We invite proposals for workshops that will bring together scholars from across different disciplines and different units of the University who, through their collaborations and interactions, will generate novel insights into existing topics and issues or address wholly new questions in the science of learning. The workshop grant program is open to full-time faculty members of JHU. Applications are due March 16, 2015 at 11:59 EST.
The mission of the Johns Hopkins Science of Learning Institute (SLI) is to understand the nature of learning at all levels of scientific inquiry, from changes at the level of synapses to the nature of cognitive change over the life-span and the implications of these for education and learning in formal and informal settings. The SLI seeks to create an integrated understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning, how learning varies as a function of basic learner characteristics (e.g. over the life span, among the typically developing child, the challenged learner, the gifted student), how these characteristics interact with different environments and learning settings to produce variation in learning outcomes, and how interactions with intelligent artificial learning systems can enhance and optimize human learning. The institute's grant portfolio will focus broadly on these four areas.
A crucial part of the Institute's mission is to promote discussions and collaborations that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and push traditional levels of analysis that range from the molecular and neural basis of learning to educational intervention and outcome research. Therefore, this call invites proposals for workshops that will bring together scholars from across different disciplines and different units of the University who, through their collaborations and interactions, will generate novel insights into existing topics and issues or address wholly new questions in the science of learning.
I. ELIGIBILITY AND AWARD INFORMATION
We invite workshop proposals for funding up to $20,000 in funding. Workshop organizers must be full-time faculty members at JHU. The organizers must be from (a) at least two different disciplines and (b) two departments or divisions from Johns Hopkins University. We especially welcome proposals that include organizers who are in the early stages of their careers. Organizers who were funded in the first two rounds (2013, 2014) are not eligible to apply.
II. APPLICATION REVIEW CRITERIA
Priority will be given to proposals that are strongest in meeting the following criteria:
III. APPLICATION PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION
A. Formatting Requirements
All application materials must be formatted to fit on 8.5 x 11” paper with 1-inch margins, single line spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and consistent with the professional style guidelines of the applicant’s field. Please adhere to the specified page limit for each section (listed in parentheses below).
B. Proposal Materials
Workshop proposals should include the following items:
1. Project Abstract: A short description of the project in 300 words or less.
2. Workshop Description (6 pages maximum): This document must contain the following sections:
3. Budget and Budget Justification (1 - 2 pages): Funds may be requested for venue, custodial services, A/V support, travel accommodations for speakers, refreshments and meals for participants, and administrative support.
4. Brief Biographical Sketch of Organizer, Co-Organizer(s), and other Key Personnel: Include a brief, 2-page statement summarizing each individual’s qualifications for the proposed workshop as well as a list of their existing funding related to the workshop. Please download the biographical sketch template and instructions.
C. Application Deadline and Timeline for Review
Applications are due at 11:59pm EST, March 16, 2015, and should be submitted via the Science of Learning Institute’s grant application and review website, which will open for submissions starting February 9, 2015 (https://jhupiter.fluidreview.com/). Evaluation of proposals will be carried out by a team of internal evaluators who are experts in the science of learning. Funding is expected to start on July 1, 2015. A progress report will be due 6 months into the funding year, and a final report will be due upon completion of the workshop.
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