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 Institute supports workshops focused at all levels of scientific inquiry, from changes at the level of synapses to the nature of cognitive change over the life-span, connections between these and technological innovations, and the implications of these for education and learning in formal and informal settings. The workshop grant program is open to full-time faculty members of JHU. Applications are accepted for review upon submission.
The mission of the Science of Learning Institute (SLI) is to understand and optimize the most essential part of our human capital: the ability to learn. Learning is a complex process that spans biological, psychological, sociological, and technological systems. There is growing recognition that we must create synergies across disciplines to truly unlock the complexities of learning and optimize learning for all. To this end, the goal of the SLI’s workshop grant program is to promote discussions and collaborations about learning through interdisciplinary collaborations that span within and across the basic and applied sciences at Johns Hopkins University. We seek 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. under genetic change, over the life span, across individual differences), how these characteristics interact with different environments to produce variation in learning outcomes, and how interactions with intelligent artificial learning systems can enhance and optimize human learning.
This call invites proposals for workshops that will bring together scholars from across different disciplines and 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. A previously funded workshop supported the 2014 Mindfulness & Learning Symposium, which highlighted theories, perspectives, and research methods from Education, Medicine, Public Health, Neuroscience, Psychology, Psychiatry, Human Development, and Policy. The workshop provided an overview of the state of the research, identified gaps, and outlined next steps in the emerging field, as well as resulted in several products. More information about this workshop is available on our website. For more information about the Institute’s mission and goals, please see: http://scienceoflearning.jhu.edu.
II. ELIGIBILITY AND AWARD INFORMATION
We invite workshop proposals for funding up to $20,000. Workshop organizers must be full-time faculty members at JHU who are eligible to serve as PIs/Co-PIs in their division. Faculty from any division within the University are eligible to apply. Divisions include Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Whiting School of Engineering, Carey Business School, School of Education, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Peabody Institute, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (for more information about JHU schools, see https://www.jhu.edu/academics/). The PIs and Co-PIs 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 PIs and Co-PIs who are in the early stages of their careers. Priority will be given to those who have not received funding during the previous workshop cycles. Priority will be given to those who have not received funding during the previous grant cycles.
Please note that applications will be returned without review if:
III. APPLICATION REVIEW CRITERIA
Priority will be given to proposals that are strongest in meeting the following criteria, which will be explicitly evaluated in the review process:
IV. 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). Applications will be returned without review if formatting guidelines are not followed.
B. Proposal Materials
Workshop proposals should include the following items:
C. Application Deadline and Timeline for Review
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis via the Science of Learning Institute’s grant application and review website. Evaluation of proposals will be carried out by a team of internal evaluators who are experts in the science of learning. The review process will occur over a two month period (approximately). Funding is expected to begin within three months of application submission. A progress report will be due 6 months into the funding year, and a final report will be due upon completion of the workshop.
Applicants who wish to discuss their project before applying are encouraged to contact SLI personnel or members of the steering committee with the most relevant expertise. Questions about the application process or review timeline should be directed to Mike Alexander, SLI Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SLI Personnel & Steering Committee