The Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education (FASSE) was created by the National Council for the Social Studies to support research and classroom application projects that improve social studies education and promote engaged, effective citizens. The College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) is an affiliate group of NCSS. CUFA consists of higher education faculty members, graduate students, K-12 teachers, and others interested in a diversity of ideas and issues associated with social studies education. In addition, it is an advocacy organization for social studies education.
FASSE and CUFA are sponsoring a grant to support research into inquiry-oriented teaching and learning in citizenship education and/or social studies education. NCSS will award a $10,000 grant to the successful applicant who presents a proposal for a research project that demonstrates potential to inform the educational field about the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework. At the discretion of the award committee, two $5,000 grants may be awarded instead of one $10,000 grant. Proposals should be relevant to and demonstrate a clear potential impact on teaching and learning in K-12 school, university, community-based or digital educational settings. Preference will be given to proposals that address aims for citizen action and/or diversity, equity, and/or inclusion.
Assistant, Associate or a Full Professor, or a graduate student with the demonstrated support of a university mentor/advisor. Applicant(s) must be an NCSS and CUFA member. If a graduate student, then the mentor must also be an NCSS and CUFA member. Researchers from all groups, including under-represented groups, are encouraged to apply.
Context for Research
Grant activities should either (1) serve student bodies that are socially, culturally, linguistically, and/or racially diverse; or (2) involve teachers or prospective teachers who work with diverse student populations. Proposals may address a range of educational levels and settings, from K-12 to collegiate levels, and from school to community or digital environments.
It is anticipated that the grant will be awarded September 30, 2019, and grant activities can begin in October of 2019. It is anticipated that funds will support one year of inquiry.
The original proposal must be submitted online no later than August 1, 2019, 11:55 PM, PDT. No fax or paper submissions will be accepted.
Submit proposals online using the form below.
The recipient of the grant may use funds for the following activities:
- Research assistance, as an assistantship or as hourly pay.
- Research supplies, copying, and mailing.
- Hourly transcription.
- Travel to NCSS annual conference in 2020 or 2021 for the research team.
- Collaboration among university, school, and community people, including stipends and meals connected with meetings and pay for substitute teachers (to release teachers during the school day to participate in grant activities).
- Preparing reports (formative and summative) on the results of grant activities.
- Sharing the results of those reports in appropriate local, state, and national venues.
- Supplemental materials for curriculum development and teacher in-service activities
The recipient of the grant may NOT use funds for the following:
- Purchase of equipment, including computer hardware.
- Indirect costs.
The proposal should be submitted in the format outlined below. Use this checklist to assemble the completed proposal. Incomplete proposals will not be considered. The text of the proposal should not exceed ten pages. A cover page, budget, timeline, and curriculum vitae should be attached (not included in ten-page limit).
- Cover page: Title of proposal; name(s) of applicants; NCSS member number; address of institution, including email address; signature of applicant and appropriate officials indicating approval of proposal contents.
- Abstract (150-200 words): The abstract should include a summary focusing on aims, research questions, methodology, and potential findings..
- Text: The text should include the following information: rationale, aims, research questions, relevant scholarly literature, conceptual and/or theoretical framework, methodology, potential findings, and significance to the educational field. The narrative should also include a personal statement that links this inquiry to other research interests and/or previous studies of the applicant(s).
- Budget: List anticipated costs for personnel, travel, and supplies. In-kind contributions by the institution should be indicated.
- Timeline: Show the intended progress of the research.
- Vitae: Include curriculum vitae (not to exceed 3 pages for each individual) of applicant(s) and other key personnel.
- Letters of support: Include letters of support from Department Chair, doctoral advisor, and/or other educational officials or community representatives, as relevant to the proposal (no more than five letters.)
Criteria for Review of Proposals (100)
The proposal that is funded will show evidence of excellence in the following criteria:
- Compelling rationale, with clear aims of the study and researchable question(s) that addresses inquiry- oriented teaching and learning (20)
- Relevant conceptual framework and scholarly literature (10)
- Sound methodology (10)
- Attention to civic action, diversity, equity, and/or inclusion (15)
- Potential to inform the educational field about College, Career and Civic Life (C3 Framework) (10)
- Qualifications and capacity of the applicant(s) to conduct the research based on research skills and interests (10)
- Feasibility of the study, budget, and timeline (15)
- Documentation that IRB proposal supporting the research has been approved or is under review (5)
- Appealing, creative, or novel approach to promote inquiry-oriented teaching and learning (5)
Terms of the Award
The $10,000 will be awarded in two installments: $7500 and $2500. If two separate grants of $5,000 are awarded, the first installment will be $3500 and the second will be $1500. Upon approval of the proposal and verification of IRB approval, NCSS will forward a check in the amount of $7,500 (or $3500) to a research account at the sponsoring institution, with the stipulation that an interim report will be submitted at the end of the first six months. Project adjustments may be recommended by the Project Monitoring Team (composed of representatives of FASSE and CUFA) after this first report. When this report is approved and any recommended adjustments have been made, a check in the amount of $2500 (or $1500) will be forwarded with the stipulation that a final report including presentation at CUFA and/or NCSS annual conference and submission of a manuscript for publication will be necessary.
- A paper must be presented about the inquiry at the 2020 or 2021 meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) and NCSS conference. Presentation slots at CUFA and the NCSS conference will be reserved for the award recipient.
- A manuscript should be submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed and blinded-review journal within one year after the end of the grant period.
- The research will also be featured in the The Social Studies Professional.
Proposal Review Process
The FASSE and CUFA Chairs will appoint a proposal review committee to review proposals and recommend the award recipient(s). It is anticipated that results of the review process will be communicated by email by September 30, 2019. The FASSE and CUFA Executive Board are ultimately responsible for the review and selection process.