[AAACE-NLA] the Institute of Education Sciences
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Sat Dec 8 11:19:09 EST 2007
I have I migrant High School Equivalence Program grant from USDE. I competed twice for it and got it both times. I've applied for a few federal grants in the past with some success. This spring I will apply for the CAMP grant (College Access Migrant Program). I have very little chance of getting ti, but the reward would be great. I applied a? couple of years age and didn't get it either.
I personally like fed grants much more than state ed grants. There is more money, more freedom to get creative, and less bureaucracy. At least that is my take on it. I also have had good experiences with federal education staff. They seem to be fairly progressive.
With regards to this grant, I would say go for it. I don't know how the competition is. However, the announcement will tell you how many grants they intend to award and how much money there is available. Also, call the program officer listed in the announcement. Tell her how you feel and try to get a sense about how the competition looks like from past years. Also, he/she will give you a sense about what they will likely be funding.
If it is a big grant, there will be some under the table lobbying by some reps and senators. However, in my experience, the department staff will try to get the process clean and they should have reasonable scrutiny.
Good luck with it. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. You can call me at (915) 831-4161, or email me at any time. If you want to get creative and do some kind of interstate partnership, we will be happy to collaborate.
From: Debbie Yoho <yohogclc at earthlink.net>
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Sent: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 2:05 pm
Subject: [AAACE-NLA] the Institute of Education Sciences
Dear Friends:? We are considering applying for a research grant through the Institute for Education Sciences.? So what's that?? I wondered too.? The Institute is part of the US Dept. of Education.? The mission statement as copied directly from the website is:?
"The mission of IES is to provide rigorous evidence on which to ground education practice and policy. This is accomplished through the work of its four centers. Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst was appointed to a 6-year term as the first Director of the Institute in November 2002."
Since this outfit is relatively new and under the auspices of the Bush Administration, I am a bit gun-shy.? We have already expended quite a bit of effort in applying for various federal grants during this Administration.? I have concluded (perhaps wrongly--if so, straighten me out!) that much of what we see on-line in the way of "opportunities" for funding is really the administration's eyewash to make the public believe there is federal support for education when actually there isn't, because very little money has been designated for these grant opportunities.? If I am right about this, I don't want to waste my time, again, pursuing funds that really aren't there.
Has anyone had any success in applying for ANY federal grant (other than WIA funds) relevant to adult education through the grants.gov process?? I guess I'm looking for encouragement.
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