2014 Workshop Grants (Closed)

Deadline: 03/21/2014

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 science of learning project seeks to create an integrated understanding of 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 work will focus on content domains including language, memory, attention, spatial and numeric understanding, and decision-making.

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 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.        

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.  We especially welcome proposals that include organizers who are in the early stages of their careers. Organizers who were funded in the first round (2013) are not eligible to apply.

Application Review Information:

Priority will be given to proposals that are strongest in meeting the following criteria:

  1. Innovation: The workshop addresses a novel question in the science of learning or will generate novel insight into an existing topic or issue.
  2. Interdisciplinarity: The workshop includes participants that are drawn from a range of disciplines and are likely to attract broad participation, including faculty from within and outside the University, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students. The proposal clearly states how new collaborations and interactions in the science of learning will be fostered among participants through the workshop, and how they will generate novel, interdisciplinary insights into the topics, issues, or questions addressed.
  3. Breadth of Reach:  The workshop pushes traditional boundaries on the dimension that ranges over levels of understanding, from cellular/ molecular through cognition and educational application. Projects that include innovative dissemination plans designed to enhance scientific, technical, and/or practical understanding are encouraged.
  4. Product(s): Workshops yield a specific product(s) of value to the science of learning, such as a review article, a white paper, or outlines of a demonstration project.
  5. Strength of Program: The workshop program represents a logical flow of events and/or activities (e.g., presentations, breakout groups) that are appropriate to the aims of the workshop and development of final product(s).
  6. Strength of Organizer and Workshop Team: The Organizer and team members display content knowledge and methodological expertise to organize and facilitate the workshop, produce high quality final product(s), and disseminate information to appropriate target audiences. Team members are uniquely qualified to create new synergies across traditional disciplines.

Applicants who wish to discuss their project before applying are encouraged to contact Barbara Landau, Kelly Fisher, or members of the steering committee with the most relevant expertise.

Application Materials:

Workshop proposals should include the following elements:

  1. Cover letter from the Organizer: Briefly describe the workshop, emphasizing the innovative and interdisciplinary nature of the project. (suggested: 1 page)
  2. Specific Aims:  This should be a succinct statement of the major issues or questions to be addressed by the workshop and should also explicitly address each of the first four criteria listed above. (suggested: 1 - 2 pages)
  3. Proposed Participants: This should include the major participants (i.e. speakers, session leaders), and the broader audience that might be expected to attend the workshop. Participants should be listed by name; these may include people within JHU or from other universities and industry. (suggested: 1 page)
  4. Program: This should include a preliminary description of events and/or activities that will occur during the workshop. (suggested: 1 page)
  5. Budget and Budget Justification: Funds may be requested for venue, custodial services, A/V support, travel accommodations for speakers, refreshments and meals for participants, and administrative support.
  6. 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.

Application Deadline and Timeline for Review:

Applications are due March 21, 2014, and should be submitted via the Science of Learning Institute's grant application site, which will open for submissions starting March 8, 2014.  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, 2014.  A progress report will be due two months prior to the end of the first year, and a final report will be due upon completion of the workshop.

Download This Call for Proposals:

You may download the PDF of this announcement.

Questions? Please Contact:

Barbara Landau, Director, Science of Learning Institute, landau@jhu.edu

Kelly Fisher, Assistant Director, Science of Learning Institute, kelly.fisher@jhu.edu