Funding

There are many sources of funding for cyberlearning-related research at the National Science Foundation.

New: DCL: Principles for the Design of Digital Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Learning Environments for synthesis and design workshops. Proposals due January 22, 2018.

Programs Key Requirements
DRK12: Discovery Research K‐12
IUSE: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education
AISL: Advancing Informal STEM Learning

Learning domain is STEM discipline
Context is K-­12, undergraduate, or informal learning.
Potential applicability today
STEM+C: STEM plus Computing Partnerships
CSforAll: Computer Science for All
Learning domain is STEM discipline as intersecting computer science or computational thinking.
Context is K-­‐12, potential applicability today
ITEST: Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers Learning aims towards creating technology-­‐literate STEM workforce.
CHS: Cyber­‐Human Systems Research on humans and computing, not necessarily learning focused—contributes to literatures such as human-­‐computer interaction
ECR: EHR Core Research Foundational research on STEM-­‐related learning environments
SBIR: Small Business Innovation Research (and STTR) Exploration or development associated with putting a technology on the market
BIGDATA: Critical Techniques and Technologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Science Education is one possible application area: focus is on new techniques for computational analysis of big data for research
SL‐CN: Science of Learning: Collaborative Networks Basic and applied research on learning in all domains. Focus on building interdisciplinary collaborations to yield novel approaches to understanding learning
RI, III, and other CISE programs Focus on computer science research (which includes CS that may have application to education) e.g., AI, NLP, computer vision, etc.

Some general guidelines for selecting a program:

If your proposal idea has an emphasis on… Consider
Foundational research about learning in the presence of technology (and technology goals may not be as innovative as in CFLT) ECR
STEM education, but aimed at directly addressing today’s needs (less oriented to exploring the horizon) DRK12, AISL, or IUSE
Socio-technical, but not emphasizing learning research Cyber-Human Systems (CHS)
Learning research, but not innovative designs of learning technology SL-CN or BCS
Learning about or promoting interest in technology/computer science STEM+C, CS4All or ITEST
Involves a small business and product development SBIR/STTR

Considering writing a proposal to NSF? See NSF Cyberlearning Proposal Resources.

Other potential funding sources include the U.S. Department of Education, specifically its statistics, research, and evaluation arm, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

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