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IDEA Impact Grants

Grants to USA Colleges and Universities for
Research to Improve Teacher Evaluation Methods

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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA colleges and universities for research and analysis of educational assessments. LOIs are due March 6. Proposals are invited for research that measures various dimensions of the effectiveness of evaluations on postsecondary faculty development.

​For 2018, the Impact Grant Program is focusing on areas of research interest to IDEA.


IDEA welcomes proposals that examine the effects of integrating multiple measures of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student ratings of instruction [SRI], peer ratings, instructor self-assessment) into faculty development and/or evaluation in higher education, and methods for increasing student response rates to SRI* at higher education institutions.

Examples of possible research questions on faculty development and/or evaluation: 
-What are the effects of receiving student feedback at mid-semester on end-of-course student ratings? 
-Are the effects of student feedback enhanced when combined with consultation?
-What are the effects of student feedback and consultation on student ratings across courses taught by the same instructor? 
-How might multiple sources of evidence be integrated into a balanced teaching evaluation system? 

Examples of possible research questions on student response rates: 
-What are the effects of group incentives on response rates to student ratings?
-What student characteristics distinguish early from late responders to student ratings?

*For the grant program, the term - Student Ratings of Instruction (SRI) - is used to cover all formal student feedback or evaluation programs used to measure learning.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180067

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each applicant is eligible for one grant in an amount not to exceed $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Timeframe for grant implementation should span no more than two years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Impact Grant Program is open to US-based higher education institutions (colleges and universities). IDEA welcomes proposals from both IDEA client-partners and non-clients.

Pre-Application Information:

This year, the process will be in two parts:
-A two-page Letter of Inquiry
-Invited Full Proposals

Letter of Inquiry is due by 4:00 PM Central Time on March 6, 2018. Letters of Inquiry are submitted online.

A Letter of Inquiry allows IDEA to quickly assess if there is a good match between IDEAs interests and the project. If it appears to be a good match, IDEA will request a full proposal.

Dates of Interest:
-March 6, 2018 - Letter of Inquiry due
-March 19, 2018 - Selected schools/programs notified of invitation to submit full proposal. Proposal guidelines sent at this time.
-April 13, 2018 - Full Proposals due
-May 7, 2018 - Grant(s) Award Announcement

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Additional guidelines and the online Letter of Inquiry form may be found here:

Questions may be directed to:

301 South Fourth Street, Suite 200
Manhattan, KS 66502

Toll-Free: (800) 255-2757
Office: (785) 320-2400

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