Amplifying, Disseminating, and Increasing the Public Reach of Research and Practice Grants

Bringing Theory to Practice Call for Proposals:
AMP Grants:
Amplifying, Disseminating, and Increasing the Public Reach of Research and Practice Supported by BTtoP
Proposals will be accepted beginning March 1, 2019
AMP Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis beginning April 1, 2019
For questions or further information, please contact info@bttop.org 

Overview

Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for faculty, staff, and programs in non-profit colleges, universities, and consortia.  AMP Grants will provide between $500 and $3000 to support activities that amplify, disseminate, and increase the public reach of research and practice that BTtoP has supported.  As detailed below, these Grants may be used to support a range of activities, including:

  • campus-to-campus consulting visits
  • multi-campus convenings
  • presentations, reports, and publications that extend the reach of BTtoP-supported work beyond traditional academic conferences and journals
  • public writing, digital and media products, and other work that bring BTtoP-supported work to broader publics.

BTtoP’s mission is grounded in three commitments. We believe that undergraduate education should be holistic and transformative, nurturing active and integrative learning, personal well-being, preparation for meaningful work, and democratic citizenship. We believe that “educating the whole student” must include students of all backgrounds, interests, and educational settings. And we believe that the first two commitments require significant change in higher education. BTtoP works to advance this mission through innovative practice, research, advocacy, and institutional change.

For 15 years, Bringing Theory to Practice has given grants, held convenings, and produced publications in support of these goals.  We’ve funded more than 550 projects at 359 institutions.  The result has been a wealth of innovative practice and research distributed throughout our network. AMP Grants are intended to increase the visibility and public influence of that work and to advance the educational values that underlie it.

Who and What are Eligible for Funding?

AMP Grants are available to faculty, staff, and programs from any academic institution (or academic association or consortium) that has received previous grant support from BTtoP.  Applicants may propose collaborative activities (for instance, campus visits, convenings, joint presentations, and publication or media projects) that include academic institutions and other organizations that were not past grantees, but must include at least one institution whose work was supported in the past by Bringing Theory to Practice.

Grant proposals should build off of the results, implications, or themes of BTtoP-supported work, but they do not have to directly amplify or disseminate the prior grant project itself.  A grant might be used, for instance, to fund a research report or online essay about a program that was germinated out of a BTtoP dialogue grant. Similarly, the Principal Investigators and proposed participants in AMP Grants do not have to be those who led the earlier BTtoP-supported work.  The aim of these grants, in short, is to support the ongoing, evolving relevance and significance of work catalyzed by Bringing Theory to Practice.

To see if your institution has received prior funding from BTtoP, you can visit our awarded grants page or by using the search function.

Fundable Activities

AMP Grants are intended to support a variety of activities.  Below are several categories of potential support; we also invite proposals for other forms of publicity and dissemination.  Funding guidelines for these activities are detailed below.

Campus visits and convenings: Consulting visits, campus exchange visits, and multi-institutional convenings offer important opportunities to disseminate innovative practices, programs, and research.  Some examples might include (but are not limited to):

  • a multi-day visit by a campus team that has developed a well-being curriculum to a university interested in strengthening its supports for student thriving
  • a convening of adult-serving colleges or programs seeking to develop “high-impact practices” designed for working adults
  • an exchange of campus visits among institutions seeking to integrate community-based research into capstone projects or pre-professional practice.

Presentations and reports about research and innovative practice: AMP Grants can be used to support presentations and reports that extend the reach of innovative work beyond traditional disciplinary conferences and scholarly publications.  Examples might include (but are not limited to):

  • invited talks at high-visibility conferences or public speaker series
  • expert presentations at policy meetings, task forces, or webinars
  • design and publication of research reports for broad public dissemination
  • research into the outcomes of previously-funded BTtoP projects, convening participants to assess the impact of our work.

Public and high-visibility writing: AMP Grants may be used as honoraria for writing that exposes wider audiences to innovative projects and research that BTtoP has supported.  Grants may also fund honoraria for essays, op-eds, and public writing that advance the values of holistic, engaged learning, equity, and positive change to which BTtoP is committed.  Examples might include (but aren’t limited to):

  • an essay in the national higher-ed press that presents best practices for linking student well-being with preparation for work
  • an article in a public-affairs magazine or website that demonstrates the effect of BTtoP-supported innovations on student outcomes
  • an op-ed column drawing on BTtoP projects to argue for (or against) policies in areas like financial aid, transfer, or student political participation.

Media and digital products:  AMP Grants may contribute to funding media and digital products that publicize BTtoP-supported work or advance public discussion of the values and issues underlying that work.  Examples might include (but aren’t limited to):

  • design of a website that presents BTtoP-supported projects
  • production of video diaries or “op-docs” that publicize exemplary programs
  • launch of a story-telling platform that lifts up student voices on issues such as well-being, equity, or the purposes of higher education.

Funding Guidelines

Different categories of fundable work are eligible for different levels of grant support:

  • Proposals for consulting visits, campus-to-campus exchange visits, or high-visibility conference presentations may receive up to $2000 for travel and event expenses.
  • Proposals for multi-institution convenings may receive up to $3000.
  • Proposals for the preparation of research or best-practice reports may receive up to $2000 for design, publication, and dissemination expenses.
  • Proposals for public writing or high-visibility presentations will be eligible for an honorarium grant of $500 (in addition to honoraria offered by the publication or event host).  Half of the honorarium grant will be awarded immediately as a “commission award” and half awarded upon publication.

It is our policy not to fund general overhead and indirect costs in our grants.

With the exception of honorarium awards for public writing—which entail no institutional match—all AMP Grants require a 1:1 matching commitment from the proposing institution(s).  That match may come as cash support (for instance, stipends for research assistants or the purchase of project-related equipment) or as in-kind support (such as a dedicated fraction of a participant's salary).  The grantee may make the match fully as cash, fully as in-kind or any combination of them.  In-kind matches must be itemized in the project budget; we do not accept the institution's general waiving of indirect cost rates as the fulfillment of an in-kind match.

If the proposal involves more than one institutional partner, the matching contributions (both monetary and in-kind) may be shared unequally by the partners or fully borne by one partner.  The proposal budget should clearly describe the source of matching contributions.

Award Criteria

AMP Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis.  Criteria for awarding grants include:

  • the capacity of the proposed activities to extend, disseminate, or amplify the projects, research, or issues that BTtoP has supported
  • the significance of the work that the proposed activities will amplify or discuss
  • the public reach or scale of the proposed activities
  • the feasibility of accomplishing the proposed activities within the budget and timeframe of the proposal
  • the likelihood of proposed writings, presentations, and reports to be completed and published or presented.

The aim of AMP Grants is to extend the public reach of innovative work and research that Bringing Theory to Practice has supported, not to publicize BTtoP itself.  We will, however, ask grantees to note, as appropriate, the support of BTtoP for their activities and for the larger educational work they are discussing.

Time Frame

AMP Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis.  We will begin to evaluate proposals on March 1, 2019 and to begin making awards by April 1, 2019.  Applicants can generally expect a response within three weeks of submitting a proposal.  Although the timeline for grant-supported activities can be somewhat flexible, depending on the project, we expect activities funded by AMP Grants to be completed by September, 2020.

Proposal Format

AMP Grant proposals should be submitted electronically as a single, merged PDF attachment to info@bttop.org.  Proposals should include:

  • an information sheet listing key participants and institutions, as well as contact information for the Principal Investigator (PI).  The information sheet should also include the title and a brief description (no more than 100 words) of the original BTtoP grant(s) on which the proposal is grounded.
  • proposal narrative of no more than 3 pages, describing the proposed activities or writings.  It should discuss why the proposed activities or writings represent a valuable way to amplify, disseminate, or extend the reach of the original work.  Proposals for public writing, reports, or presentations should be as explicit as possible about the venues, publications, or audiences they hope to reach.
  • project budget, including sources of matching contributions and categories of expenditure.
  • CVs or relevant biographical information about participants.

Grant Reporting

The PI’s of AMP Grants will be expected to submit:

  • a grant report describing the activities accomplished and assessing or reflecting on their impact
  • a budget report (except for honorarium grants for writing projects)
  • all writings, reports, presentations, event materials, and other resources produced through the grant.

For more information about the AMP Grants and the selection process, please consult our FAQ page.

Please feel free to email info@bttop.org with any questions.  We look forward to your proposals.